Cincinnati Streetcar to boost weekend service

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The new Cincinnati Bell Connector opened for business on Sept. 9.
City of Cincinnati
CINCINNATI, Ohio — Cincinnati’s new streetcar system is so popular that current schedules cannot keep up with ridership demand. As a result, Transdev, the transit system’s operator, says it will run more streetcars on weekends to meet demand.

“Transdev welcomes the … calls to operate more streetcars,” says Transdev spokesperson Ruth Otte in an article appearing in the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We will add extra service to meet weekend demand…”

If Transdev had not agreed to increased streetcar service, the Cincinnati newspaper cites local leaders who say they would have taken the operator to court, arguing that the city’s contract requires passengers to wait no more than 15 minutes.

The streetcar has been plagued with recent delays due to late departures and longer boarding times. The newspaper quotes a Transdev Services executive who says there was not enough time built into the current streetcar schedule to account for delays.

According to an exchange of letters acquired by the Cincinnati Enquirer, the executive says that the city is responsible for some of the delays, including unsequenced traffic signals, blocked roads and intersections, and vehicles parked in the right-of-way.

According to Transdev officials, weekend ridership levels have been 300 percent to more than 500 percent higher than what local transit officials originally projected.
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