Monday, August 13, 2001

You Asked For It

Roads will improve in 2003

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        QUESTION: I live in Mason and we are growing in leaps and bounds, but the roads are not equipped to handle the amount of traffic we have. Is anyone going to investigate the traffic at Snider and Western Row roads? It is a four-way stop. Westbound traffic on Western Row and traffic southbound on Snyder back up, sometimes for a mile. - Betty Stopp, Mason

        ANSWER: A joint intersection improvement project at Snider and Western Row roads will be undertaken by the Warren County engineer and the city of Mason, said Mason Engineer Richard Fair. Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison said the roads must be widened to accommodate left-turn lanes and signals including a bridge widening on Western Row. The project should be completed in about two years, officials said.
        Q: I just read your column answering questions about Metro ridership. I have some others: - Stu Mahlin, Hyde Park

        1: Are the 90,000 people Metro says ride the bus all individual riders, counted once each day; or are they counted once each way?

        A: Metro spokeswoman Sallie Hilvers said the statistics are based on one-way ridership from pick-up point to drop-off and are a weekday average including students.

        2: How many dollars are collected at the fare box each day from the 90,000 rides?

        A: Ms. Hilvers said Metro has annual fare revenues of $15.3 million. plus another $4 million from Cincinnati Public Schools for providing bus service to students. That total is about a third of Metro's operating cost.

        3: What is the total expense per day to run all those buses — allocated cost of the buses: fuel, maintenance, drivers, all other staff, offices, the works?

        A: Ms. Hilvers said the average bus ride costs $2.40 to $2.50 to provide — about one-third of which is paid by the riding customer. That amount provides for full operations of the Metro system, she said.

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