Northern Kentucky's TANK Bus Service Could Cut Routes

The route eliminations and consolidations come as ridership has decreased and TANK works on a redesign of the bus system

click to enlarge A TANK bus in Covington - Wikimedia Commons
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A TANK bus in Covington

If you rely on the bus in Northern Kentucky, your routine could be changing somewhat soon.

As part of a system redesign, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) is mulling the consolidation or elimination of some of its routes. 

The redesign comes after a roughly 10 percent decline in ridership over the past eight years, TANK officials say. 

One change that could prove a big deal for some Northern Kentucky residents: an alteration to the 2X, which serves CVG, would require Covington residents to take a connecting route to access the 2X and get to the airport instead of catching it in the city.

There are plenty of other changes the transit authority is also considering.

Local routes facing elimination or consolidation:

  • #1 Dixie Highway/Florence Industrial would now be part of the expanded 42X
  • #8 Easter Ave./Fort Wright would be consolidated to Madison Avenue on the #7
  • #9 Taylor Mill/Independence would be consolidated to Madison Avenue on the #7, with park and ride service available at the Latonia Kroger
  • #11 Fort Thomas would be eliminated due to low ridership, with nearby park and ride service available at the Newport Shopping Center
  • #12 Bellevue/Dayton would be consolidated with an expanded Southbank Shuttle that will now extend to Main Street in Dayton
  • #33 Thomas Moore Parkway/Crestview Hills would be consolidated through Covington in part with Routes 8 and 9 as Route 7. St. Elizabeth Edgewood and medical offices would be accessed by a frequent shuttle connection from the #1 at Crestview Hills Town Center

​Express routes facing elimination or consolidation:

  • #1X Houston Road/Mineola Pike would be eliminated because of low ridership, TANK says. Nearby park and ride service would be available at Buttermilk P&R or the Florence Hub
  • #35X East-West Express would be eliminated due to low ridership, according to TANK. The transit authority says there will be increased frequency on the #1 and #25, however. This route serves Northern Kentucky University. 
  • #18X Fort Mitchell/Edgewood Express would be eliminated due to low ridership, with nearby park and ride service available at the Fort Wright Hub or Buttermilk P&R
  • #28X Empire Drive/Industrial Road Express service would be eliminated on Industrial Road between US25 and Turkeyfoot, with rest of route a part of the expanded 42X
  • #31X Rolling Hills Drive Express would be consolidated with 30X, with continued service to Rolling Hills Drive
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