Cincinnati Strategic Transit Study

Effective collaboration with our partners is at the core of the Fehr & Peers philosophy that transportation solutions are best developed together. We are excited to share the Cincinnati Strategic Transit Study, which is the product of the Cincinnati Mobility Lab, an unprecedented partnership between municipal and regional agency partners and the transportation network company Uber. In our study, we consider the recent emergence of Uber and Lyft against the backdrop of over 50 years of steadily declining transit ridership in Cincinnati. We then provide recommendations for how on-demand and fixed route transit can best fit together to deliver a sustainable and prosperous future for the people of the Cincinnati region.
We developed three central recommendations for improving mobility through a collaboration between transit agencies and on-demand services:

  • Make it faster: Reinforce backbone service through service restructuring and bus-supportive infrastructure.
  • Make it easier: Integrate fares and bundle mobility options to produce a seamless alternative to driving.
  • Make it smarter: Make targeted investments in on-demand services in areas identified as being most responsive to this type of service.

From our point of view, the pandemic has served to accelerate the underlying drivers of the study: declines in transit ridership, evolving regional needs and emerging travel options, a desire for better connectivity to jobs, and a desire to lower motor vehicle impacts on congestion and air quality. Public transportation, however, can thrive in this new post-COVID-19 era by focusing on evergreen needs: being responsive to people’s underlying need for comfortable, convenient, strong, and stable service, seamless interoperability across systems and modes, and adaptation to changing travel patterns. Our recommendations address these areas.

What markets do auto, transit, and Uber serve?

Click on an image to see a series of travel flow maps that help show differences in travel patterns between auto, transit, and Uber, as well as comparative data on ridership between modes.

Explore the Study

We invite you to explore the study to learn more. The document in its entirety may be found here:


This plan and its findings have been extremely helpful to TANK as we chart our path forward in the world of “new mobility.” The vision created in the plan reinforces TANK’s push to redesign our backbone transit network while at the same time providing a rational framework for incorporating ride-share and other modes into the future network. The data collection, analysis, and visualization completed by Fehr & Peers was outstanding – a solid foundation for the study’s recommendations.

Andrew Aiello
General Manager
Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky


Two years ago, we launched a first-of-its-kind collaboration and shared data with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, and Fehr and Peers, a leading transportation consultant, to assist the Cincinnati region with studying the challenges facing public transportation. The report unveiled today, which is centered on rigorous analysis of transit and Uber data by Fehr and Peers, is a culmination of these efforts.

Chris Pangilinan
Head of Global Policy for Public Transportation

Do you have questions or insights about the Cincinnati Strategic Transit Study or how on-demand transit can reinforce fixed route transit? Contact us to start the conversation.
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