Kings Island bus service continues, cost split three ways

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2007 9:37 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Under an agreement between the park, Hamilton County and Cincinnati, each entity agreed to pay a third of the expected $90,000 cost, with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, which runs the Metro system. The route was previously subsidized entirely by the park before they announced plans to drop it.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007 10:30 AM
Glad to see that all sides could come to an agreement on the matter. $2.25 each way, why not have a round trip price or a season long bus pass? Doubt the season long bus pass idea would fly, but you never know.
Thursday, April 19, 2007 10:53 AM
That is good news to hear, but it shouldn't have taken the dropping by the park for the City and County to step up.
Thursday, April 19, 2007 10:59 AM
They have a $90 monthly pass that can cover that. The routes that go to Kings Island are the just about the longest routes in the system, at around 33 miles each way. The other thing to keep in mind is that with an avg of 45 passengers or so, even at $2.25 the 66 mile round trip works out to around 60 dollars in fuel costs alone - most diesel commuter busses avg around 3.6 mpg. Remember, the bus is empty for half the trip, these are non standard hours we are talking about - It's either going to be loaded with people going to in the morning, or coming back late at night, except maybe the midday weekend shift one. During the week they don't run the midday ones because there are regular commuter buses. (busses?) (bussi? ;P )

I think this was just a testing the waters to see if they could reduce their cost, which they did. I think this is good for all parties, because it does bring alot of money into all three entities coffers.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 11:35 AM
I just think it is interesting to watch history repeat itself again.

In the other thread someone else already pointed out that the exact same thing happened at Geauga Lake.

What we're learning here is *why* Cedar Fair is the most profitable amusement park operating company out there. Not taking any unnecessary crap from anyone is part of the business model.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 12:43 PM
Yeah, I take back my earlier comments about potentially being short-sighted. They saved a whole lot of money playing this game.
Thursday, April 19, 2007 12:54 PM
They also just had much much more than $30,000 dollars worth of free advertising for their job recruitment campain in the cincinatti market.
Thursday, April 19, 2007 1:23 PM
No, they saved more than the 60,000 that they were formerly paying by keeping low wage workers.

Like Dave said. Smart move in two directions.

Chuck, who says even fast food joints in the area pay 10 a hour.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 8:06 PM
I still wonder if the park really wanted this...? Or maybe they got an offer they could not refuse. I'm just not sure this turned out as planned.
Friday, April 20, 2007 9:46 AM
If they didn't want it, Im sure they wouldn't have even kicked in the 1/3rd instead of the whole cost.
Friday, April 20, 2007 9:56 AM
Good point Charles. I think this was one of those things they might have done half-hearted and decided 1/3rd was an "ok" deal.
Friday, April 20, 2007 11:56 AM
"Chuck, who says even fast food joints in the area pay 10 a hour. "

Fast Food at $10/hr in greater Cincinnati?

You need to get out more man - the going rate for your everyday fast food teen in greater CinCity is about $7/hr, and that's only because of the recent minimum wage increase.

Supervisors might see $10 and managers might even break the $30k per year barrier. Quite the lucrative industry (do I really need to state that I am being sarcastic).

Friday, April 20, 2007 3:21 PM
The park just *earned* 60K, under the "penny saved" philosophy. Gotta love that....unless you're a taxpayer in the Cinci area - then you should be complaining about corporate welfare... ;)
Saturday, April 21, 2007 9:58 PM
I'll spend $60k or $75k or even $100k if it means that $1 million comes back home on those buses. Worth every penny to this CinCity taxpayer.

Monday, April 23, 2007 2:40 PM
I don't really care.. Being that my working shifts are going along the regular bus routes. Im just glad that now, as an employee of King's Island, I can enjoy and extra hour before rushing downtown to catch that one bus that goes out... or running out of the park to catch the bus home... Now I can actually enjoy a few hours of free rides at the park.

I am more curious however if anyone knows the actual route times yet??

I mean it's great we have the buses... however, i'd like to know WHEN THEY RUN....

And fast food joints paying 10dollars an hour. Where the hell is that? Because I'm pretty much making decent money for a highschool job. And I'm at 8 dollars an hour. Everyone else I know is making either minimum 6.85 an hour or maybe like 7.15 if they're lucky...


let me know about the bus routing people..



Monday, April 23, 2007 3:35 PM
Few things are more annoying when some stranger comes into a community and starts telling people to Google stuff for him and calls them "people." There's only a drop-down to look at it right on the SORTA home page.

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