Frankly, our transportation system should connect you to employers. Transportation planning needs to be based on coordination and cooperation between users of all modes of transportation. This includes pedestrians, automobiles, bikers, users of public transit, ride-shares, air travelers, and others.
In Cincinnati today, it can take more than two hours to get from one place to another. This is a root cause of poverty. It reduces access to jobs, education, and other basic services for people who depend on public transportation. Our failing transportation system is not only a root cause of poverty, but it also harms our natural environment and slows economic growth in our region.
By improving and expanding our Metro services and infrastructure, we can increase transit ridership, connect our neighborhoods, and make Cincinnati more accessible to everyone.
- Work with SORTA to pass a sales tax levy for desperately needed transit funding
- Explore 24-hour routes to accommodate citizens with second and third shift jobs
- Explore employer-subsidized direct routes to connect people to jobs that pay a living wage
- Commission a study of bus routes to determine where to add, expand or divert routes
- Advocate for more direct and intra-city express bus routes
- Host routine town halls on popular bus routes to increase awareness of transit issues
We cannot use the same approach to meeting the transportation needs of 20 years ago. People have changed and so have their transportation needs. Our transportation system should reflect those changes. Tamaya will fight for an equitable transportation system that serves everyone.
Read more: It’s time to get serious about restoring our city’s aging infrastructure (Cincinnati Enquirer, 2017)