Sunday, April 21, 2002

What's the Buzz?

Transit Center may be ready for Graham

By Cliff Peale
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Bus staging for the Rev. Billy Graham's mission in Paul Brown Stadium at the end of June should be among the first in the Riverfront Transit Center underneath Second Street downtown.

        Metro general manager Paul Jablonski said construction should be complete in May, except for elevators that won't be finished until later in the summer.

        Metro will be able to load up to 20,000 people per hour in the transit center. It connects to Broadway Street on the east and Central Avenue on the west.

        “I think we're going to try to do Billy Graham out of there,” Mr. Jablonski said.

        The Rev. Dr. Graham's mission, scheduled June 27-30, is expected to attract about 200,000 people.

        Also, Mr. Jablonski said the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, which operates Metro, will release an updated MetroMoves transportation plan in early summer. The SORTA board will consider any potential call for a tax increase to pay for the plan later.

        It decided not to propose a sales-tax increase last year.

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