Saturday, April 20, 2002

TANK adds route along riverfront

Service to Cincinnati reaches more distant lots

By Jeff McKinney,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Hoping to help thousands of commuters in downtown Cincinnati, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky on Monday will launch a new shuttle service for those who park along the eastern and southern riverfront.

        Round-trip fares will be 50 cents.

        The new TANK shuttle will offer a service to parkers that will penetrate the heart of the riverfront — including routes along the Suspension Bridge and Taylor Southgate Bridge to Newport — not covered by an existing Metro shuttle for commuters.

        That Metro “Parking Meeter” service, with a daily ridership of about 900, operates from Mehring Way to the south to Fourth Street on the north.

        “There was a need to increase shuttle coverage on the riverfront, particularly for people parking in the more distant lots,” said John Schneider, transportation adviser for Downtown Cincinnati Inc.

        The service, known as “Catch-A-Ride,” will let anyone parking along the riverfront jump on any TANK bus that is running from Kentucky into downtown.

        Many commuters who park in lots near Paul Brown Stadium, Ted Berry Way or Cinergy Field now have to walk five to 10 blocks to work, said Gina Douthat, TANK's spokesperson.

        She also said the shuttle will allow parkers who use parking lots and garages north of Third Street to look for less expensive parking along the riverfront.

        The new shuttle will include stops along Ted Berry Way, Second Street and at the foot of the Taylor Southgate Bridge on the east riverfront. Stops in the central business district will include regular TANK stops at Fourth and Main, Fourth and Vine and Fifth and Main streets.

        Parking planners hope the service will be more convenient for commuters who will lose space when demolition begins on Cinergy Field in November. About 2,100 out of 2,300 spaces occupied there now are expected to be gone when work begins. Many of those parkers are expected to shift to lots along the riverfront.

        “The timing of this will be critical when start losing spaces at Cinergy,” Ms. Douthat said. “

        This also will complement the Metro shuttle because will be running routes they are not and vise versa.”


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