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Kentucky Transit Authority Looks At Route Changes

A TANK bus shuttles people into Covington during 2019's Blink festival.
Bill Rinehart
A TANK bus shuttles people into Covington during 2019's Blink festival.

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky is looking to make some service corrections. TANK General Manager Andrew Aiello says six local routes and five express routes could be consolidated or eliminated before the end of the year.  Aiello says before anything happens, TANK wants feedback.

"We can't continue to serve everybody the way that we do today with our system, and maintain a sustainable funding model. System changes have to be made."

Aiello says there are a lot of changes to transportation patterns in the last ten years. "How people commute, how often people commute, how technology influences their choices when commuting and traveling throughout our region, and also where employment and residential patterns have shifted. It was necessary for us to take a hard look at how we're providing service."

TANK staff and consultants have been working on recommendations for nine months, but Aiello says nothing is set in stone. "There are so many different people who use our system for so many different reasons, that we can't possibly anticipate every outcome when we come up with a plan. A plan as comprehensive as: this there are thousands of different impacts, so we have to listen," he says.

There's a meeting Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kentucky Career Center on Madison Avenue in Covington. Officials will also visit the fiscal court meetings in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

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Rinehart has been a radio reporter since 1994 with positions in markets like Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; Dayton, Ohio: and most recently as senior correspondent and anchor for Cincinnati’s WLW-AM.