There will be a public meeting to take public feedback on January 7 from 4-7 p.m. at the Kentucky Career Center, 1324 Madison Avenue in Covington.
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The official Fort Thomas route, bus 11, is actually a weekday-only commuter route, taking riders one way, from Fort Thomas to Cincinnati, for a short period in the morning and back to Fort Thomas in the early evening.
The NKU route number 16 is more robust in that it operates from about 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, but there is no evening service on weekdays, and there is an almost two-hour gap between runs on weekend service.
Another bus that runs both weekend and weekdays, Southgate/Alexandria 25, also stops in Fort Thomas on the south side of town near US 27 and Holly Woods Drive. There is an express component that runs the commuter route during rush hour only, away in the morning and towards Fort Thomas in the evening.
TANK ridership dropped from 3.2 million to 3 million riders between from 2017 to 2018, according to company data. The decline in Northern Kentucky is part of an ongoing downward trend in ridership across the country. Depending on where you look, bus ridership was down two to five percent between 2014 and 2018.
TANK staff will be available to explain specific routes before and after the presentations. There will be a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.
After reviewing all public and stakeholder input and analyzing the bus system, TANK and its consultant team have developed proposed route recommendations for consideration.
After the presentation, participants are welcome to view route maps and exhibits displaying the various recommendations, as well as talk to staff at their leisure. In addition, comments will be captured via a comment sheet, which will be provided at the registration table.
The input received from this meeting will be used to finalize the recommendations and begin planning for implementation in late 2020.
At a glance
Date: January 7, 2020
Time: 4:00 — 7:00 p.m.
Location: Kentucky Career Center, 1324 Madison Aves., Covington KY
If you are unable to attend the public meeting, TANK is also accepting feedback via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the public meeting or the System Redesign Study, visit www.tankbus.org/redesign or email@example.com or contact by phone at 331-TANK.