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Transdev boosts Cincinnati streetcar service to meet demand
Transdev, operator of the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar, has boosted weekend service to meet ridership demand.
Weekend ridership has been 300 percent to 500 percent higher than what the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) projected before service began, a Transdev spokeswoman told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
As of Oct. 6, the Cincinnati Bell Connector has logged more than 150,000 total rides, which has far exceeded projections, according to a SORTA press release.
At the start of the Oct. 7 weekend, Transdev operated more streetcars to accommodate more riders and reduce wait times.
If the company didn't comply with the city's request for more service, city officials threatened to take Transdev to court for failing to meet contractual obligations, the Enquirer reported. The contract stipulates that passengers shouldn't wait more than 15 minutes for a streetcar to arrive at a stop.
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