In the aftermath of the 2008 recession, Metro, The Southwest Ohio Public Transit System, had to impose service cuts of fare increases. But since late 2009, service and fares have been held stable. that remains true as we head into 2013. More importantly, the system is looking forward to completing and implementing a new strategic plan that includes long term strategies and short term improvements.
The plan, developed through public meetings and surveys, proposes several overarching goals: shorten travel times, increase routes along major corridors, and reduce the focus on downtown transfers with more crosstown service as well as neighborhood and zone circulators.
To discuss the future of mass transit in Cincinnati, Dan was joined by Terry Garcia Crews, the CEO and General Manager of Metro. Before assuming leadership of Metro in November 2010, she compiled 20 years of experience in transit including as general manager of the transit authority in Lexington, Kentucky, and Assistant General Manager in Tucson, Arizona. Immediately before arriving in Cincinnati, she was the General Manager & President for the authority in Austin, Texas.
Habitat for Humanity is a well known, well respected not for profit locally, nationally and even internationally. And as of January 1st, two local habitat organizations, Cincinnati Habitat and Tri-State Habitat have merged to create Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati. Over the last 26 years, these two organizations have built 450 homes. The goal of the merged organization, is simple, to do an even better job at bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope in a nine county region.
Dan was joined by Carl Bergman, a long time board member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati and Marissa Abernathy, Communications Manager, for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati.