Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky

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Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky
TANK logo.png
TANK Express BRT.jpg
TANK BRT 881 at CVG
Parent Greenline
Founded 1973[1]
Headquarters 3375 Madison Pike,
Fort Wright, KY [1]
Locale Northern Kentucky
Service area Boone, Kenton, Campbell Counties & Downtown Cincinnati
Service type bus service, paratransit
Alliance SORTA
Routes 27[1]
Stops 1,236
Hubs Fort Wright Hub, Florence Hub
Stations Covington Transit Center
Fleet 107 Buses
Daily ridership 9,960 daily unlinked passenger trips [2]
Website tankbus.org

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) is the public transit system serving the Northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio located in Kenton County, Boone County and Campbell County. TANK was founded in 1973 when the privately funded Greenline Bus Company ceased operation, and voters in the three counties elected to publicly fund the transit system.[3]

Currently TANK operates a fleet of 100 fixed route buses and 25 demand response vehicles.[4]

While TANK's primary service area is the three Northern Kentucky counties, all TANK routes also connect with Downtown Cincinnati where riders can transfer to vehicles operated by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority if necessary. Although the two systems are separate, the TANK and SORTA work to make transfers between systems easy and even sell a joint pass.

Fare Structure[edit]

As of January 1, 2012, TANK charges $1.50 for non-express routes, and $2 for express routes (marked with X at end of bus route). Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade on school days riding to and from school only have to pay $1. TANK also has passes: a monthly pass (unlimited) for $53, an express monthly pass (unlimited) for $70, a METRO/TANK monthly non-express pass (unlimited, METRO fare zone 1) for $105. The express combined pass is $115. Also, TANK has a 10 ride pass for $13.50, and a 10 ride express pass for $18. Beginning in summer of 2010 TANK upgraded their fare system and passes that were valid for a calendar month were replaced with passes good for 30 consecutive days from first use. Also, other pass options were introduced including a 1-day pass. For a complete list of fare options, click here.

Ridership[edit]

Annual Ridership
Year Total unlinked passenger trips[5]
1991 4,546,106
1992 4,501,623
1993 4,080,269
1994 4,080,015
1995 4,080,015
1996 3,710,341
1997 3,715,599
1998 3,747,643
1999 3,884,654
2000 4,615,265
2001 4,386,976
2002 4,281,789
2003 3,872,407
2004 3,709,526
2005 3,770,649
2006 3,638,815
2007 3,719,871
2008 3,804,210
2009 3,806,772
2010 3,534,695
2011 3,634,802
2012 3,635,954
2013 3,636,937
2014 3,580,867

Routes[edit]

Transit map highlighting frequency
TANK Routes
Number Description
1 Florence Mall
1X Florence Express
2X Airport Express
3 Ludlow / Bromley
5 Holman
7 Rosedale / Latonia
8 Eastern Avenue
9 Taylor Mill / Independence
11 Fort Thomas / Northern Kentucky University
12 Dayton
16 Grand Towers /Carmel Manor
17X Villa Hills Express
18X Edgewood Express
19X Beechgrove Express
20 South Newport
21X Toebben Drive Express
22X Walton Express
25 Alexandria
25X Alexandria Express
28X Empire Drive Express
30X Independence Express
31X Rolling Hills Express
32X Burlington Express
33 St. Elizabeth Edgewood
35X East-West Express
39X Limaburg Express
40X North Bend Express / Worldwide Boulevard
42X Florence Hub Express
Southbank Shuttle Covington / Cincinnati/ Newport
NKU Shuttle Callahan Hall / Campus

Current Bus Fleet[edit]

Current As of 03/24/14

Year Manufacturer Model Fleet Numbers Engine & Transmission Fuel Type Notes Image
2000 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 2107-2115 Diesel 2109 and 2115 through 2127 are retired
Tank 2108
2002 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 2128-2132
  • Cummins ISL

Allison Transmission B400R-5 Speed Automatic

Diesel
2004 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 2133-2143
  • Cummins ISL

Allison Transmission B400R-5 Speed Automatic

Diesel
TANK 2134
2005 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 2144-2153
  • Cummins ISL

Allison Transmission B400R-5 Speed Automatic

Diesel
TANK 2145
2006 Gillig BRT 880-889
  • Cummins ISL

Allison Transmission B400R-5 Speed Automatic

Diesel
TANK Express BRT
2007 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 2154-2157
  • Cummins ISL

Allison Transmission B400R-5 Speed Automatic

Diesel
Tank 2157
2007 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 601-604
  • Cummins ISB
  • Allison Hybrid Drive EV40
Diesel-electric 35 ft
TANK 601
2008 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 2158-2164
  • Cummins ISL

Allison Transmission B400R-5 Speed Automatic

Diesel
2009 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 2165-2172
  • Cummins ISL

Allison Transmission B400R-5 Speed Automatic

Diesel
TANK 2172
2012 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 706-708
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison Hybrid Electric Drive EV40
Diesel-Electric
2012 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 2173-2180
  • Cummins ISL9

Allison Transmission B400R-5 Speed Automatic

Diesel
TANK 2179
2013 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 2181-2188
  • Cummins ISL9

Allison Transmission B400R-6 Speed Automatic

Diesel
Tank 2181
2014 Gillig Advantage Low Floor 2189-2196
  • Cummins ISL9

Allison Transmission B400R-6 Speed Automatic

Diesel
Transit Authority Of Northern Kentucky (TANK)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c AboutTANK: Overview
  2. ^ National Transit Database. USDOT Federal Transit Administration http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/data.htm. Retrieved 24 December 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "History". Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky Official Website (undated). Retrieved October 5, 2007
  4. ^ "Bill passes Senate". The Kentucky Post (E. W. Scripps Company). 2007-09-13. p. A2. Retrieved 2007-10-05. The bill, the 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, would help TANK replace three buses in its 90-bus fleet. 
  5. ^ "TS2.2 - Service Data and Operating Expenses Time-Series by System". National Transit Database. USDOT, Federal Transit Administration. Retrieved 25 December 2014.