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I did note yesterday that the 102 bus now proceeds that extra half mile north to the Rocksino at Northfield Park. This touches Cuyahoga County so if GCRTA decides to venture south of Alexander Road (which I have heard might be in the works) there's another contact point between the two systems, and a high profile one.

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Interesting conversation on Twitter in response to the AAO tweet:

 

All Aboard Ohio ‏@AllAboardOhio  22h22 hours ago

On March 25 @AkronMETROBus transit board to consider divesting of 51 miles of #rail corridors to expedite new service http://www.akronmetro.org/Data/Sites/2/pdf/march2015boardpacket.pdf

 

Freddy WithaY ‏@FreddywithaY  3h3 hours ago

@allaboardohio @akronmetrobus @thestile1972  how will this effect future @metro_parks rail 2 trail development in Summit Cty ? Frdm/Wlf crk?

 

Summit Metro Parks ‏@metro_parks  2h2 hours ago

@FreddywithaY @AllAboardOhio @AkronMETROBus @thestile1972 Don't know yet, but we're talking with Metro

 

Jason Segedy ‏@thestile1972  40m40 minutes ago

@FreddywithaY @metro_parks @AkronMETROBus @AllAboardOhio We should learn more about this at the Board meeting Wed.

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If he's going to talk rail, I wish Diamond Don Plusqualic would instead focus on the rail link between The Univ. of Akron and Kent State.

 

That's probably easier to do since it has one owner -- a transit authority! -- and no conflicting freight traffic. And it could be undertaken as uniting two large state universities who do some distant-learning programs between them as well as two re-emerging downtowns. Yet the most vocal proponent of this rail link has been the economic development department in Tallmadge which has tried to get AMATS to support a feasibility study of Akron-Kent commuter rail.

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If he's going to talk rail, I wish Diamond Don Plusqualic would instead focus on the rail link between The Univ. of Akron and Kent State.

 

That's probably easier to do since it has one owner -- a transit authority! -- and no conflicting freight traffic. And it could be undertaken as uniting two large state universities who do some distant-learning programs between them as well as two re-emerging downtowns. Yet the most vocal proponent of this rail link has been the economic development department in Tallmadge which has tried to get AMATS to support a feasibility study of Akron-Kent commuter rail.

 

It just seems to make a lot of sense. When I was at Akron our library cards were good at KSU. I was probably in their library more than the one at Akron. And as the 90's wore on, definitely in their bars more.

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Metro is going to get in the freight rail business.  They signed an agreement with an engineer group out of Buffalo to get the section of rail that connects to NS in Hudson ready to go by early next year for $1.2 million. There is starting to be a substantial industrial park complex developing off of Hudson Dr. and Seasons Rd. The positives for this is it makes it far more efficient for the manufacturers in Stow to move product and receive raw material.  One said they would open a secondary facility for finishing if they could use rail to move between the two locations.  This should take some of the heavy trucks off the road on Seasons rd going to Rt 8 and possibly take a little strain off Rt 8.

 

http://www.akronmetro.org/Data/Sites/2/pdf/july2015boardpacket.pdf

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It's not their first. Metro has an active contract with Wheeling & Lake Erie to provide freight service over Metro-owned right of way between Akron and Canton.

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Metro RTA redesign includes increased frequency on main routes, eliminating some

By Rick Armon

Beacon Journal staff writer

Published: July 10, 2016 - 11:10 PM | Updated: July 11, 2016 - 07:31 AM

 

Metro RTA is looking to boost the frequency of buses on its core routes during peak work hours.

 

It also plans to cut or reduce suburban routes, eliminate bus stops and create new transfer hubs that would mean many riders wouldn’t have to pass through the Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center in downtown Akron.

 

The overall effort, dubbed “Driving Metro Forward,” was announced earlier this year but the Akron bus company unveiled a more detailed proposal during a recent series of public meetings designed to gather feedback from riders.

 

MORE:

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/metro-rta-redesign-includes-increased-frequency-on-main-routes-eliminating-some-1.696353

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Roadblocks slow Metro RTA overhaul

October 22, 2016 UPDATED 7 DAYS AGO

By JUDY STRINGER

 

Akron Metro RTA has hit a few bumps in the road to its system-wide makeover.

 

The third series of public meetings — the ones expected to provide a "preferred alternative" of new bus routes and schedules — were supposed to take place in September and October. A leadership transition and problems securing locations for proposed neighborhood transit hubs, however, have delayed those meetings, according to Metro RTA interim planning and development director Alex Harnocz.

 

"I would not say [the public meetings] are on the immediate horizon," Harnocz said, "because we are working on those alternatives and really trying to identify what's realistic for next year."

 

Next year, or more specifically Aug. 27, 2017, is when Metro RTA said it will roll out the changes. Harnocz expects to make that deadline. How "impactful" those changes will be, he is less certain. And Harnocz wants the business community — from whom he's heard limited feedback — to know that it's not too late to join the discussion, especially for those companies in locations near current routes.

 

MORE:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20161022/NEWS/161029995/roadblocks-slow-metro-rta-overhaul

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