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The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) is willing to guarantee bus service inside Cincinnati in exchange for the city transferring transit assets and remaining city transit funds to the bus agency. The full council could vote on the agreement Wednesday. The SORTA Board has already approved the proposal. 

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Cincinnati is studying the possibility of adding a bus only lane to Reading Road in Avondale. Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld had introduced a motion in September 2019 asking officials to study the idea. 

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The city of Cincinnati's "Income Tax-Transit Fund" has been the subject of many social media posts since Mayor John Cranley last week vetoed a City Council-approved ordinance to use $1.5 million from that fund to restart streetcar passenger service with no fares.

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For the first time in history, Hamilton County voters have approved a county-wide tax levy to pay for transit.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

For now, Hamilton County voters narrowly approved a ballot measure to increase the sales tax to pay for transit. But in the unofficial count, the margin of victory was only 625 votes, and the result could change with the official count next month. 

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The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority will resume charging Metro and Access riders fares on Sunday.

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The free rides on Cincinnati Metro buses will be ending later this week. 

Hamilton County voters are being asked in March to increase the sales tax to pay for transit. It's something they've rejected at least three other times going back to the 1970s.

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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Cincinnati City Council is on record that replacing the Western Hills Viaduct is the top priority if Hamilton County voters approve a sales tax increase in March for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) and infrastructure repairs.  

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The city of Cincinnati is about to add transit agency to its list of responsibilities.  

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati voters took a major step toward a possible revitalization of the Metro bus system Tuesday when they voted overwhelmingly to eliminate city funding for transit. It may well lead to a new county-wide sales tax that backers say will save the system from chronic financial problems and expand the service.

Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

Cincinnati voters will take the first vote on changing the way transit is funded in Hamilton County on Nov. 5. But Issue 22 is not the sales tax increase proposed by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA). It's only step one of a two-step process.

Ambriehl Crutchfield / WVXU

Hamilton County voters will have a chance to weigh in on the future of public transportation and infrastructure in March.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati is working to takeover direct management of the city's streetcar system, which means the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) would no longer be the operator. But officials are still considering whether city staff will oversee the system, or hand that responsibility to a non-profit authority.

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Metro has 34 new buses in service. A press release from the transit authority says they started on routes last week, and all have amenities like USB charging ports, power outlets and wifi. They are low floor models, which means easier access for riders. They also have video screens providing a live feed from the on-board security camera. 

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Cincinnati voters could see a Charter amendment on the November 2019 ballot that could reduce the city's earning tax by 0.3 percent if Hamilton County voters approve a sales tax increase to fund public transit in 2020.

Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

Hamilton County commissioners say they will not support a one cent sales tax increase to benefit mass transit. In a letter to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Wednesday afternoon, commissioners say they would get behind a smaller increase.

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Cincinnati's Planning Commission on Friday approved a report and recommendation that will allow the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to install stand-alone benches at some bus stops in the city.

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A grassroots group of bus riders and advocates want to fix the underfunded bus system with an increase in the city's income tax.

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The CEO and general manager of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) is planning to resign at the end of January.

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