Oasis Rail Transit Overview

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A MetroRail Train, Austin TX

A MetroRail Train, Austin TX

Offering a new transportation alternative to the Greater Cincinnati region, Oasis Rail Transit is a commuter rail line that will transport residents, workers and visitors between downtown Cincinnati and the communities extending east through Hamilton County and into western Clermont County.

The Oasis Rail Transit line is a foundation upon which Greater Cincinnati’s envisioned regional rail system could ultimately be built to better connect our region – from Hamilton, Clermont, Butler, and Warren counties in Ohio to Campbell and Kenton counties in northern Kentucky and locations in southern Indiana.

The rail line is supportive of transit, bicycle and walking-based travel and can reduce reliance on cars as a primary mode of local transportation. It can also help stimulate community enhancement, revitalization and economic growth opportunities through on-going service and Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs) that could grow around the line’s rail stations. TODs are walkable, mixed-used community spaces that typically include office, retail, residential and social gathering facilities.

Bike Loading on Train

Bikes being loaded onto a train

 

WHY RAIL?
Rail offers our region a new, regional scale transportation alternative to driving. It helps reduce congestion, which in turn can reduce the need for additional roadway expansions and reduce associated vehicle emissions—all critical components for meeting local mobility and air quality needs.  Rail:

  • Improves regional connectivity
  • Increases mobility for drivers and non-drivers alike
  • Expands travels options by coordinating with transit and other active-transportation modes such as bicycling and walking
  • Connects people to jobs, regional attractions and major recreational destinations
  • Supports neighborhood development and revitalization
  • Reduces the demand for new road capacity while providing a new way to meet future travel demand
  • Links to and supports the Eastern Corridor’s multi-modal transportation vision and land use plan


THE ROUTE
The proposed Oasis Rail Transit corridor extends roughly 17 miles between downtown’s Riverfront Transit Center and I-275 in Milford. Much of its alignment would use publicly-owned rail right-of-way and could share existing freight tracks.  In other places, new tracks will be built to complete the necessary connections.

For planning purposes, the Oasis line is divided into four segments:

Oasis Map 2016

Oasis Rail Transit Corridor (Click for larger image)

Segment 1:
Riverfront Transit Center to the Boathouse
(1 mile)
Segment 2:
Boathouse to US 50 near the Red Bank/Fairfax area (7 miles)
Segment 3:
US 50 near the Red Bank/Fairfax area to the Ancor area, slightly northeast of Newtown (4 miles)
Segment 4:
Ancor area to Milford (5 miles)

 

TOD Rendering with Train

A Station Area concept (not specific to the Oasis line)

 

 

OASIS RAIL STATIONS
Transit stations for the Oasis rail line are more than just stops along the way. They provide valuable opportunities for community enhancement and development. The stations can be designed to reflect the visions of the communities in which the stations are located, support opportunities for growth, and incorporate features desired by the community.  Transit-Oriented Developments that often follow in the wake of station creation can be a catalyst for:

  • Reinforcing and enhancing traditional neighborhoods and towns
  • Revitalizing and/or re-developing by-passed and under-utilized properties
  • Redefining growth patterns to create walkable, mixed-use community spaces

Click here for more information on Transit-Oriented Development

As part of recent study efforts, the Planning Team evaluated the 10 station locations originally proposed for the rail line in the 2006 Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). Based on the results obtained, seven stations are recommended for development:

  • Riverfront Transit Center (Downtown Cincinnati)
  • Boathouse (East Riverfront, in the Adams Crossing area)
  • Columbia Tusculum (at Columbia Parkway and Delta Avenue)
  • Fairfax/Red Bank area
  • Newtown Area
  • Ancor/Broadwell Road Area (slightly northeast of Newtown)
  • Milford (near the I-275/US 50 interchange)

The Boathouse station would be used for special event service only. Future development of the remaining three proposed stations [East End area (near Torrence Parkway), Lunken Airport (along Wilmer Avenue), and Beechmont Avenue (near Wooster Pike)] would be reserved pending ridership demand and available funding.

More information about proposed Oasis station locations is available in the Oasis Rail Transit Conceptual Alternative Solutions Report, Feb. 8, 2016.

 

PROJECT STATUS