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Thursday, January 2, 2020

TANK schedules public meeting to present draft recommendations for redesigned bus system


The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) re-evaluates its ridership and routes about every five years. The company has invited residents to provide feedback about the bus service through the 2020 System Redesign Survey posted on the its website.

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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In 2017 TANK proposed cutting Route 11 and combining it with Route 16. Residents and city officials weighed in to save the service. The company held a public meeting on the topic in August.

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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 info@tankbus.org.

For more information on the public meeting or the System Redesign Study, visit www.tankbus.org/redesign or info@tankbus.org or contact by phone at 331-TANK.

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