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FTA Awards TANK $3.1 Million Grant for Low-Emission Buses

FTA AWARDS TANK $3.1 MILLION GRANT FOR LOW-EMISSION BUSES

The award is part of a $1.66 billion award to transit systems across the country, funded by
the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will provide TANK necessary funds to purchase new
buses powered by hybrid-electricity.

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) is pleased to announce
the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award the agency $3.1 million in grant funds to
purchase hybrid-electric buses, as TANK replaces aging transit buses through an ongoing
fleet replacement program.


“TANK’s mission is to provide safe, reliable transit services to the people of Northern
Kentucky, while keeping abreast of technology and working to use resources in a
responsible way,” said TANK Interim General Manager Gina Douthat. “Federal funds like
these are critical in driving that mission and allowing us to continue to provide reliable and
sustainable public transportation to our community.”


The grant comes from the FTA’s Low-No program, designed to replace traditional diesel
buses with low and no emission vehicles.


This grant will provide gap funding to allow portions of TANK’s next two diesel bus orders
(14 buses) to be upgraded to hybrid-electric buses. A new bus costs approximately
$500,000 for standard diesel buses and up to nearly $800,000 for hybrid-electric buses.
TANK currently has 100 buses in its fleet; 23 of them are hybrid-electric. This funding
provides the direct benefit of introducing more fuel-efficiency into the fleet while at the same
time reducing the number of buses in circulation past their useful life

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The Southbank Shuttle is Back!

TANK’s Southbank Shuttle Trolley is back! Beginning on Saturday, August 20th, the trolley buses will once again be “clang-clanging” their way through the riverfront cities of Covington, Newport and downtown Cincinnati.

In March 2020, COVID impacts forced the temporary halt of service, with operator resources a primary challenge, even after pandemic restrictions eased. After a more than two-year hiatus, TANK has brought staffing to the levels needed to bring the Trolley service back.

TANK Statement, Gina Douthat, spokesperson: “TANK’s trolleys will be back in business on August 20, just in time for the end of summer and fall fun in the riverfront cities, including Blink in October. We are very excited to bring this frequent and easy to use service back – for the hotels, entertainment venues and tourists, the Shuttle is a great way for people that don’t want to fuss with driving, navigating, and parking to enjoy all that our riverfront and downtown areas have to offer. It’s time to bring people back to our riverfront and downtown destinations!” Look for fun promotions this fall! Click HERE for the route map.

Service Characteristics:
Every 15 minutes
Weekday: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Weekend: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Winter Hours (November – March)
Weekday: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Weekend: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


For a supply of maps for your business/group or additional information about TANK or the Southbank Shuttle Trolley, call TANK’s information line at 859/331-TANK (8265) or use the chat feature on www.tankbus.org

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JUNE 4, 2022 Service Adjustments & Holiday Schedules

We are making small adjustments to some of the schedules to accommodate changes that have occurred over the last several months; including added trips, stop changes, slight time changes, and more. These changes will take effect June 4th, 2022.
Please review the updated schedules below.

Express Route Service Reductions:
(Please take the time to review the new schedules)


17x – Buttermilk P&RView Schedule Here
Two AM trips and Two PM trips have been removed due to low ridership. Please visit the schedule to see the service now available on this route.


22x – Mt. Zion P&RView Schedule Here
One AM trip and One PM trip have been removed due to low ridership. Please visit the schedule to see the service now available on this route.


25x – Village Green P&R and Cold Spring P&RView Schedule Here
Two AM trips and Two PM trips have been removed due to low ridership. Please visit the schedule to see the service now available on this route.


30x – Ft. Wright HubView Schedule Here
One AM trip and One PM trip have been removed due to low ridership. Please visit the schedule to see the service now available on this route.


32x – Burlington P&RView Schedule Here
One AM trip and One PM trip have been removed due to low ridership. Please visit the schedule to see the service now available on this route.

Slight time adjustments to the following routes:
1View Schedule Here

2xView Schedule Here

8View Schedule Here

25View Schedule Here

40xView Schedule Here

42xView Schedule Here

Please review these schedules to determine your new pick up or arrival times.
To see how your trip will change on June 4th, use the Real-Time Trip Planner on tankbus.org, and be sure to set the “On this day” to after June 4th.

Summer Holiday Schedules:
TANK will be running a weekend schedule for the following holidays –
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day

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Mobile Ticketing is here

No more crinkled dollar bills. No more loose change. MOBILE TICKETING IS HERE!

Transit with EZFare is a new way to pay for bus fare on your smartphone. Download the Transit app which provides the ability to plan and track your bus. Click the EZFare button at the bottom to pay for your fare! It’s that simple. And it also lets you purchase fare for TANK, the Southbank Shuttle, Metro, the Cincinnati Bell Connector and Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA) all in one place.

Download Transit with EZFare.

 What are the benefits of using Transit with EZFare?

  •  Ability to plan trips, pay fare and track bus in real-time on one app
  • Works with TANK, Metro, Cincinnati Bell Connector and BCRTA for regional travel
  • Buy fare on your phone and store them for future use
  • No need to use paper tickets, have exact change or find a ticket machine
  •  Free to download – no service fee
  •  Pay for yourself or a group

Click HERE for the FAQ.

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October 2021 Service Changes

Attention TANK Passengers, on Saturday, October 9th, TANK will start running new schedules on a number of routes. Over the last 6-months, our driver shortage and increased traffic congestion has led to a decrease in reliability, and these changes are being made to address those issues. We’ve also heard a desire to have more one-seat rides between Kenton and Campbell Counties, and these new schedules will help accomplish this by having regular “interlining” between two specific routes. Here is a list of changes taking effect on October 9th:

#1 Dixie Hwy/Florence

  • See new timetable here
  • Interlines with #25 NKU/Alexandria on most trips

#2X Airporter

  • See new timetable here
  • Now serving Amazon Air Hub on Wendell Ford Blvd at select times only
  • For service to Amazon Air Hub GSE/RAMP Building, use the 32X Aero Pkwy/Burlington

#3 Ludlow/Bromley

  • See new timetable here
  • Interlines with the #16 West Newport/Fort Thomas on most trips
  • Route now starts and ends at 4th at Walnut in Cincinnati

#5 Holman Ave/Fort Wright

  • See new timetable here
  • Interlines with the #8 Eastern Ave/Crestview Hills on most trips

#7 Madison Ave/Latonia

  • See new timetable here
  • Interlines with the #12 Bellevue/Dayton on most trips

#8 Eastern Ave/Fort Wright

  • See new timetable here
  • Interlines with the #5 Holman Ave/Fort Wright on most trips

#12 Bellevue/Dayton

  • See new timetable here
  • Interlines with the #7 Madison Ave/Latonia on most trips
  • Route now starts and ends at 4th at Walnut in Cincinnati

#16 West Newport/Fort Thomas

  • See new timetable here
  • Interlines with the #3 Ludlow/Bromley on most trips

#25 NKU/Alexandria

  • See new timetable here
  • Interlines with the #1 Dixie Hwy/Florence on most trips

#32X Aero Pkwy/Burlington Express

  • See new timetable here
  • New inbound and outbound trip added to serve Amazon Air Hub GSE/RAMP Building via Aero Pkwy

#40X Worldwide Blvd/North Hebron Express

  • See new timetable here
  • Route will now use new Graves Rd. interchange
  • North side bus stops on Worldwide Blvd. will be pick-up locations to Cincinnati during the PM-only
  • South side bus stops on Worldwide Blvd. will be pick-up locations to Cincinnati during the AM-only
  • See detailed map here

#42X Industrial Rd/Florence Express

  • See new timetable here

To see how your trip will change on October 9th, use the Real-Time Trip Planner on www.tankbus.org, and be sure to set the “On this day” to after October 9th.