Three new buses and a survey are hoped to help usher in a new era for the Clermont Transportation Connection, which serves residents around the county with busing service.
The new buses, two of which are currently in operation, have served as a technological update for the transportation service that hopes to continue expanding in order to fill the needs of residents county wide.
“The new buses have some different interior features,” said CTC Director Ben Capelle. “They have 18 seats, which have a nicer fabric on them. On the front they have an electric sign much like a Metro bus does that lets them know the destination. They can see where the bus will be going.”
One bus each is currently dedicated to CTC’s only existing regular route services. Both started recently, the CTC offers regular routes from Felicity to the Amelia and Eastgate areas, as well as daily runs from New Richmond to Cincinnati. The third bus is expected to help expand the popular and quite often full New Richmond line.
The CTC currently uses 19 small buses, most of which transport people on an appointment basis. The Felicity and New Richmond routes represent the only two regular routes in the service, but Capelle said that he expects that to change as the county grows. The CTC will invest in a number of new buses next year as well, to replace current buses that have more than ran the race.
"We used a federal grant for clean air congestion mitigation money," said Capelle. "The total cost for all three buses was $170,379, and CTC paid 20 percent of that. We now have 19 buses, and next year we plan to purchase at least five new buses, but that will be replacing old buses, so the fleet won't grow any."
The CTC is seeking input from customers of the New Richmond route concerning when to run the new scheduled line. Currently, the bus leaves at 7:15 a.m., and Capelle said that the other line will probably run at either 6:45 or 7:45 a.m. He said that they are hoping to get input from the public to help create the best possible route.
"The New Richmond route is going really well, and the people there want more," said Capelle. "That's why we're planning on expanding it more. The Felicity route is Ok, we have a few regular riders there."
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