2020 System Redesign

TANK Redesign

updated June 10, 2020

The final System Redesign was approved by the TANK Board in June 2020. 

Timeline of the Redesign Process - 2020

  • Jan/Feb – the draft System Redesign plan was released for public input. The information was presented at dozens of meetings and we received 500+ comments on the plan.
  • Feb/Mar – the TANK Board of Directors and TANK Staff digested all of the public feedback and discussed the draft plan with our funding counties, impacted cities, concerned citizens, concerned agencies, etc.
  • Mar/Apr – Adjustments were made to the original set of recommendations based on the feedback received. The TANK Board of Directors approved a final set of plan recommendations, pending final and formal budget approval by TANK and the three Fiscal Courts.

Below is a summary of the changes made in Mar/Apr 2020 as a result of the public and agency input:

  • Route #7 and #8 will be split back into two routes with Route #8 serving the Eastern Ave. corridor in Covington.
  • Route #8 will be extended south past Latonia to Crestview Hills, providing a direct connection from downtown Covington to Fidelity, St. Elizabeth Edgewood, and Crestview Hills Town Center.
  • Route #25 and #25X will be extended south to Alexandria Village Green Shopping Center.
  • The recommendation to combine the Southbank Shuttle and Route #12 will be delayed until sometime after FY21 when a vehicle / fleet transition plan is in place to allow for the use of low-floor buses.

A presentation showing the final recommendation for each route in the system can be found here.

Outcomes

The final plan represents a massive change to your region’s transit system and, once implemented, will provide the following outcomes:
  • The number of people within walking distance to frequent transit will increase by 155%
  • The number of jobs within walking distance to frequent transit will increase by 58%
  • The number of Transportation Disadvantaged individuals within walking distance of frequent transit will increase by 157%
  • The number of revenue hours needed to operate the new system will actually decrease by 2.4%
  • The number of peak vehicles needed to operate the new system will decrease by 20+%

What happens next?  

The goal is for the Redesigned Service to be ready to operate this winter.  We will keep you updated as the timeline firms.

  • June – Final/formal adoption of the Redesign Plan and budget approval by the TANK Board and three Fiscal Courts.
  • July/Aug – Broader public announcement of the Final Redesign Plan
  • Nov/Dec – Specific route/timetable info communicated to riders
  • Dec/Jan – Redesigned service begins

 


updated January 2020

Proposed Recommendations

For the last 9 months, TANK staff and consultants have been working on a plan to redesign the TANK bus network. 

Why?  

Ridership has been down for several years. The TANK network has been largely unchanged for 30+ years.  But travel patterns, where people live and work, and demographics have changed MUCH in that time.  In order to continue to provide efficient and needed transit services to the community, TANK must make more effective use of the limited resources (funding) available, while providing services where people most need them. 

Goals:

  • Reduce cost per rider/county subsidy per rider
  • Make financial/ridership projections more sustainable
  • Improve transit travel time/access to jobs

You can see an overview of the recommendations below. We are accepting comments and feedback on the proposed changes:

  1. January 7, 2020 Public Meeting Presentation
  2. Email Feedback to info@tankbus.org
  3. TANK will also be presenting at the three Fiscal Court meetings in early January
    1. Kenton County - January 9, 2020 from 5:30pm-7:00pm (5272 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051)
    2. Boone County - January 14, 2020 from 5:30pm-7:00pm (2950 Washington St, Burlington, KY 41005)
    3. Campbell County - January 15, 2020 from 5:30pm-7:00pm (1098 Monmouth St, Newport, KY 41071)

Service Proposal

Click link above for map of existing/proposed ares of coverage.

TANK would offer four types of fixed-route bus service. The routes are described below, in general. Nearly EVERY route has some sort of change proposed. Specific schedules will be developed once the route lines are finalized after the public feedback period.

Frequent Service

  • High-frequency service on direct routes to key destinations
  • Routes:
    • #1 Dixie Hwy/Florence
      • Proposal is to streamline the route to the Turfway loop and increase all-day frequency to every 20 min (40 min after 8pm, 30/60 on weekends). The Industrial loop would be moved to the 42X with increased service, meaning faster connections from Covington/Cincinnati to Florence.
    • #2X Airporter
      • Proposal is to increase frequency to every 30 min, all-day, 7-days a week. The route would also only connect to other routes in downtown Cincinnati, which allows for the more frequent service.
    • #7 Madison Ave/Latonia
      • Proposal is to consolidate the resources of the #8, #9, and Covington portion of the #33 to have service every 20 min (40 min after 8pm, 30/60 on weekends) on Madison Ave from downtown to the Latonia Kroger.
    • #25 NKU/Cold Spring
      • Proposal is to shorten the route to the Meijer, and only connect to other routes in downtown Cincinnati. By doing so, there would be service every 22 min (40 min after 8, 30/60 on weekends).
    • Southbank Shuttle/Bellevue/Dayton
      • Proposal is to consolidate the resources of the #12 into the Southbank Shuttle, meaning the Shuttle would now extend to Main St. in Dayton, and operate every 15 min, all-day, 7-days a week. The Shuttle would also use the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge instead of the Roebling Bridge, due to unreliability and weight limit challenges. Earlier hours are anticipated to match the existing span of the #12.

Neighborhood Service

  • Major lifeline routes for community circulation
  • Routes:
    • #3 Ludlow/Bromley
      • Proposal is to shorten route to the Covington Transit Center. By doing so, it will allow for a longer span of service (10pm) with consistent 40 min headways (60 min after 8pm, 60 min all-day on weekends).
    • #5 City Heights/Fort Wright
      • Proposal is to realign the route between City Heights and Walmart to use Madison Ave instead of Highland Pike, with consistent 40 min headways (60 min after 8pm, 60 min all-day on weekends). The proposed route would also no longer serve St. Elizabeth Covington directly.
    • #16 West Newport/St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas
      • Proposal is to shorten the route to St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, and only connect to other routes in downtown Cincinnati. By doing so, it will allow for a longer span of service (10pm) with consistent 40 min headways (60 min after 8pm, 60 min all-day on weekends).
    • Healthline (serving Medical Village/St. Elizabeth Edgewood)
      • Proposal is to serve St. Elizabeth Edgewood and medical offices on Centre View Blvd with a frequent, 30-min shuttle that connects to the #1 at Crestview Hills Town Center.

Jobs Express Service

  • Scheduled around shift changes in industrial parks/job centers
  • Also provides peak park & ride service to/from Cincinnati
  • Routes:
    • #39X Petersburg Rd/South Hebron Express
      • Proposal is to keep service the same and continue to coordinate with employers to align service to major shift times.
    • #40X Worldwide Blvd/North Hebron Express
      • Proposal is to save time by removing service on Global Way and continue to coordinate with employers to align service to major shift times. 
    • #42X Florence Hub/Industrial Rd Express
      • Proposal is to consolidate resources of the #1 Industrial loop and 28X to create faster, all-day service between downtown Covington/Cincinnati and Florence 7-days a week. Connections to the #1 route would be made at the Florence Hub or at Dixie and Turfway. 

Commuter Express Service

  • Serves park & rides for commuter service to/from Cincinnati
  • Primarily peak-only service
  • Routes:
    • #17X Buttermilk Pike Express
      • Proposal is to remove service on Royal Dr, providing more direct access to/from the park and ride. Mid-day express service would also be removed, as the Florence and Fort Wright Hubs would allow for all-day access to/from park and rides from downtown.
    • #22X Mt. Zion Express
      • Proposal is to shorten the route to the Mt. Zion Park and Ride. Schedules are anticipated to remain similar to existing times.
    • #25X Campbell County Express
      • Proposal is to shorten the route to the Meijer on US27. Schedules are anticipated to remain similar to existing times.
    • #30X Fort Wright Express
      • Proposal is to consolidate resources of the 31X and continue to align service with shift times of major employers on Rolling Hills Dr. Route would no longer serve the Hands Pike or Independence Park and Rides, just the Fort Wright Hub.
    • #32X Burlington Express
      • Proposal is to keep service the same. Schedules are anticipated to remain similar to existing times.

TANK is planning to eliminate and consolidate services in many areas. If a route is proposed for elimination or consolidation, there are a variety of reasons why that may be:

  • Duplication of service (more frequent service located within walking distance)
  • Low Ridership
  • Meandering Alignment
  • Does not serve transit-dependent areas

​Routes proposed for ELIMINATION or CONSOLIDATION:

Local Routes:

  • #1 Industrial (would now be part of the expanded 42X)
  • #8 (resources would be consolidated to Madison Ave on the #7)
  • #9 (resources would be consolidated to Madison Ave on the #7, with park and ride service available at the Latonia Kroger)
  • #11 (eliminated due to low ridership, with nearby park and ride service available at the Newport Shopping Center)
  • #12 (resources would be consolidated with an expanded Southbank Shuttle that will now extend to Main St. in Dayton)
  • #33 (St. Elizabeth Edgewood and medical offices would be accessed by a frequent shuttle connection from the #1 at Crestview Hills Town Center)

Express Routes:

  • #1X (would be eliminated due to low ridership, with nearby park and ride service available at Buttermilk P&R or the Florence Hub)
  • #35X (would be eliminated due to low ridership, see increased frequency on the #1 and #25)
  • #18X (would be eliminated due to low ridership, with nearby park and ride service available at the Fort Wright Hub or Buttermilk P&R)
  • #28X (service would be eliminated on Industrial Rd between US25 and Turkeyfoot, with rest of route a part of the expanded 42X)
  • #31X (resources would be consolidated with 30X, with continued service to Rolling Hills Dr)

RAMP Recommendation

As part of the TANK Redesign, the consultant was asked to look at RAMP and make recommendations that would assist with reducing the county subsidy per rider for RAMP service. 

The ADA (American with Disabilities Act) requires that TANK provide complementary ADA service (RAMP) to areas that are ¾ mile beyond fixed route bus service.  Today, TANK provides RAMP service in an area much larger than what is required by the ADA, mostly in the southern, more rural parts of the TANK service area.

Many alternatives were considered to help reduce the cost of RAMP, including eliminating service in those areas outside of the federally-required ADA boundary.  However, the current recommendation is to maintain service to all current RAMP areas, but to charge a higher fare in those areas beyond the federally-required ADA boundary. 

The trip cost for passengers using RAMP in the southern, more rural areas is higher –the bus travels more time and more miles to make those trips, making the trips more expensive to operate.  The TANK Board  is recommending that there be two RAMP service areas:

1.      The strict ADA area, which would be served as it is today, with a $2.50 fare per trip.

2.      The current RAMP service area, outside of the required ADA boundary.  This area would include all of the existing RAMP coverage area that is outside of the ADA required boundary.  TANK would continue to provide trips in this area with a fare of $5.00 per trip. 

This recommendation allows us to maintain service for all current RAMP customers, while increasing the fare for the trips that are the most expensive to operate.

Once the fixed route network redesign has been finalized, the final RAMP ADA and non-ADA boundary will be finalized and communicated to all existing RAMP customers.  At that time, we will provide ample opportunity for public feedback related to the RAMP recommendation, specifically.  If adopted, this recommendation would not go into effect until mid to late 2020.


 

August 29th Public Meeting Materials

Thank you to everyone who attended the public meeting open house; your input is critical! If you missed the TANK Public Meeting on the Redesign Study, you still have time to review the materials and provide your input. 

PowerPoint Presentation       Fact Sheet


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