Release Date: September 20,2021

METRO RTA Releases the First Draft of New Bus Network

September 20, 2021, Akron, OH — On September 15, 2021, METRO released the first draft of its Reimagined Network as part of a public engagement process that will run until the end of October 2021.

Reimagine METRO is an effort to develop a detailed service plan and implementation schedule for a redesigned suite of mobility services that meet the goals of METRO’s Strategic Plan, adopted in November 2020. The Reimagine METRO Transit Service Plan is the portion of this effort focusing on METRO’s fixed-route service, while future phases will consider the demand response programs and the potential for new mobility options.

The Draft Reimagined Network is METRO’s initial plan for what the local bus network could look like if it were designed to meet the goals of the Strategic Plan: to “focus METRO’s fixed route services on METRO’s highest ridership corridors, and on serving markets where (and for whom) transit is essential.”

However, this is just a first draft! Now METRO needs to hear from everyone in the community about how the Draft Reimagined Network would affect their use of transit to refine the plan. METRO encourages members of the public to learn more about the Transit Service Plan and the Draft Reimagined Network, upcoming open houses, and take a short online survey at reimagine-metro.com.

METRO RTA is the public transportation provider in Summit County. METRO enhances the quality of life for our community by providing innovative transportation solutions that are safe, dependable, cost-effective and customer focused, now and into the future.