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    Posted: Apr 13 2018 at 10:46am

Mrs. Patterson spoke about bringing transit to the City. As we are out there trying to create jobs
we have to be careful unemployment is the lowest it has been in months. Businesses are competing
for employees and looking at fair wages, drug testing, skill development, on-site childcare, and
reliable transportation. There are about 868 employees in Park North estimating that there will be
2,500 employees by this time next year. The more interconnected the transit network is the more
successful it is. Middletown has a transit system and they have some capacity on their system and
need to get more people to Kohl’s in Monroe. They began an every two hour service and switched
to an every one hour service since July and it has been well received. Kohl’s felt it was a lot easier
to market their facility. We would like to talk about a Dayton – Town Mall – Park North Connector
and, if that is successful, we would like to look at smaller connections within the City and serve
those companies outside of Park North.

We would start at the bus garage in Hamilton with one going north to the Dayton market and one
would go to West Chester and then come through Monroe to Park North as we don’t want people
walking huge distances in that area. They would come down State Route 63 to Cincinnati-Dayton
Road to Middletown then it would go to I-75 to the Dayton Mall.

Mr. Clark asked why it would have to go State Route 63 to Cincinnati-Dayton Road and not go to
I-75 and get off at 122. Mrs. Patterson said Middletown has some businesses, such as PAC that it
would serve. If it were to get off at 122 it adds more time and adds to the cost. Mr. Clark does
not like the idea of it going through town as it may be a small bus now, but if people use it, it could
change to a larger bus.

Mrs. Patterson stated that we picked the Dayton Mall because that is where a lot of our employees
are coming from. The proposed route is Monday through Friday and the employers would like
Saturday service, but that would increase the cost. There has been some talk about one final loop
at 1 or 2 in the morning to get the end of second shift. The annual operating costs is about $311,000
per year and Middletown has a grant that will pay for half of that cost. When you look at the
remainder, that includes private funding coming in, there is about $80,000 left. We are proposing
to split that with Middletown and Monroe’s portion would be split $20,000/$20,000 with the Park
North operators and the City. We would do this for about three years. When Logistics Center and
Park North came in they put in $300,000 for economic development. The CIC has $200,000
remaining and would like to use that to put towards the $20,000 for three years.

Middletown has agreed to assist with bus shelters rather than just a sign on the side of the road. It
is a way to tap into employment opportunities that we were not able to before.

Mrs. McElfresh asked how long the grant funding is good for. Mrs. Patterson advised that
Middletown has a history with these grants and there continues to be continuing grants that could
be used for this. If for some reason the grants are not available we would put in the agreement that
we can cancel it or there could be someone else that would want to take it over.

Mr. Funk likes the hours, no weekends, and not going to the mall.

Mrs. Patterson will keep working on it and bring more information to Council.

Source: Monroe Council Minutes
Regular Meeting of Council
March 27, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio
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Jan 22, 2017 Archive news story by Ed Richter at Dayton Daily News

BCRTA plans bus route connecting Monroe, Middletown, South Dayton

By early fall, Butler County residents will be able to take a bus from Monroe or Middletown to a hub in South Dayton and connect with the transit networks that serve Dayton as well as Montgomery and Greene counties.

For the past several months, officials from Middletown and Monroe as well as the Butler County Regional Transit Authority and the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, have been discussing the possibility of a new bus route that would service Middletown and Monroe employers and shopping areas, and connect to the south Dayton RTA hub on Lyons Road in Miami Twp.

“The concept could have multiple benefits in helping all route areas get access to Middletown and Monroe jobs and shopping areas, and it would give our residents opportunities to connect to the Dayton RTA system to move throughout the Miami Valley,” said Doug Adkins, Middletown’s city manager.

Adkins said the style of the route has been discussed, but the actual stopping points, the timing of the route, and the number of service hours remain under discussion. He said the costs are still being calculated.

“The next step in the process is to present the idea to the Monroe and Middletown City Councils to gauge their support for such a proposal,” Adkins said. “We hope to be able to do that in February.”

He said if both city councils are supportive, then the actual costs, route and service hours would be finalized into something that realistically would begin sometime this summer or fall.

Monroe City Manager Bill Brock said a presentation to Monroe City Council is already planned for February.

“We are eager to have a transit route to serve our employment centers, specifically our industrial parks,” Brock said. “It supplies an opportunity for those seeking employment to take advantage of those jobs being offered and helps our employers by broadening the employee base.”

Brock said connecting to the Dayton RTA system came from BCRTA through the discussions.

“We support the initiative to tie into a larger system, similar to what BCRTA has been successful with to the south with their express line to the Cincinnati (Metro) system,” Brock said.

Middletown contracts with BCRTA to operate Middletown Transit Services that has several bus routes throughout the city.

“We’re really excited about extending into the Dayton area,” said Matthew Dutkevicz, BCRTA executive director. “One of our missions as an economic development tool is to supply workers to Butler County businesses. We hope this will expand the Butler County labor pool and make it economically and geographically bigger.”

Getting people to work is something BCRTA does with the R1 route between Hamilton and Middletown and other connectors into Hamilton County. The route has a stop throughout the day at the Kohls distribution center in Monroe. Dutkevicz said the route had about 14,000 riders a month in 2016.

Dutkevicz said the proposed route would be similar to the current bus route from West Chester to downtown Cincinnati that are operated by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority’s Metro. Brandy Jones, Metro’s external affairs manager, said the total ridership for Route 42x was 108,515 in 2016.

As the new route is established, he said it would connect Monroe, Middletown and South Dayton using BCRTA buses. Dutkevicz said Saturday service is still being explored and the costs have yet to be determined. He said the route would be funded through a federal grant that would be obtained by Middletown Transit Service to cover 50 percent of the costs and the remaining 50 percent would come from local matches from cities of Middletown and Monroe.

“We can do it now with buses we have now,” he said.

Dutkevicz said the proposed new route would terminate in Monroe for now. However, he said the route could be extended further to connect to Liberty and West Chester Twps. and further south to Cincinnati.

Both Dutkevicz and Adkins said there still remains a lot more work to do before this route can start. Dutkevicz said it takes people and employers time to change shift patterns to bus route schedules and for marketing to make people aware and the message communicated.

“Looking at the Hamilton and Oxford routes from Middletown, they took almost a year of service to build to productive levels,” Adkins said. “We would anticipate a similar ramp up process if this route was to take place.”

Brandon Policicchilo, Greater Dayton RTA’s chief customer and business development officer, said that he was aware that Middletown and Monroe were in the process of getting approvals from their respective city councils and that BCRTA gave them the “heads up” that they were interested to connect into the Dayton area.

“We said ‘yes’ of course,” he said. “We’re excited about this connection that gains access for both agencies.”

When they arrive at the South Hub, Policicchilo said riders can connect to the rest of the Dayton RTA network in Montgomery County and with the CATS network in Greene County as well.

“If they’re able to make it happen, we’re absolutely ready and excited to welcome Butler County passengers to our network and region,” he said.

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Monroe has become surrounded by warehouses. It may want to consider some form of public transit. 
As it is financially impossible to work at these locations and actually live in this town . 
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Originally posted by Houndog Houndog wrote:

Monroe has become surrounded by warehouses. It may want to consider some form of public transit. 
As it is financially impossible to work at these locations and actually live in this town . 

Hey now we are not just warehouses! We also have one of the best discount shopping malls AND flea markets in the world. 

Actually, we have quite a few businesses in Monroe. In this one screen shot alone I count 14 different businesses, some are quite large.

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