2013 News Releases
Dec 18, 2013

Metro and Access buses will operate on a holiday (Sunday) schedule on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. 

Dec 17, 2013

The Board of Trustees of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) voted today to express its willingness to assume responsibility for Cincinnati Streetcar operating costs.

Dec 11, 2013

Attention Rt. 71X Metro riders: Effective Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, Metro will begin serving a new park & ride lot at the Meijer's store on Montgomery Rd. (3911 W SR 22-3, Loveland, OH) ‎near the intersection with Fields Ertel Rd.

Dec 10, 2013

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority would like to offer its sincere condolences to the family and friends of William L. Mallory, Sr.

Dec 4, 2013

Wael W. Safi, Pharm.D., Corporate Functions and Open Innovation manager for San Francisco Bay Area and University Relations for Procter & Gamble, was named to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority’s board of trustees on Nov. 19.

Nov 26, 2013

Look for new schedules for Rts. 4, 11, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 32, 33, 41, 46, 64, 75X, 78 and Metro*Plus. In addition to some minor time and route adjustments, more service is being added on overcrowded routes.

Nov 26, 2013

Metro fareboxes will stop accepting 10-ride tickets on Jan. 1, 2014.  Metro customers may exchange unused 10-ride tickets (value $17.50) for an equal number of $17.50 stored-value cards from Monday, Dec. 2 to Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Nov 26, 2013

This friendly competition on Nov. 23 resulted in more than 1.5 tons of nonperishable items or about 2,800 meals for the less fortunate in the community.

Nov 25, 2013

Metro’s Holly Jolly Downtown Trolley showcases the seasonal magic of downtown Cincinnati through the windows of an old-style trolley.

Nov 25, 2013

Fare Deal customers must use new electronic “tap & show” smart cards starting Jan. 1, 2014. After that date, the current Fare Deal card with the magnetic stripe will no longer be accepted by Metro’s fareboxes regardless of the expiration date printed on the swipe card.

Nov 19, 2013

UC Economics Center unveiled a study that shows how Metro stacks up against transit systems in peer cities, and Metro recapped its recent accomplishments, 2014 plans, and vision for the future at the Nov. 19 State of Metro annual meeting.

Nov 17, 2013

Metro and Access buses will operate on a holiday schedule on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28. Both services and the Metro call center return to regular schedules on Friday, Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving. However, the Metro sales office will be closed on Nov. 28 and 29.

Nov 14, 2013

Metro is hosting a Riverfront Transit Center Open House on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, free to the public from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Nov 8, 2013

Metro is making it easier to purchase fare options with the online sale of $30 stored-value cards. 

Nov 6, 2013

Metro and the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) will compete to get the most nonperishable items for local nonprofits at the 2013 Stuff the Bus food drive in Cincinnati in Northern Kentucky.

Nov 5, 2013

Metro and Access buses will operate on a regular schedule for Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. 

Nov 5, 2013

Metro’s Rt. 41 will provide a vital connection to the West Side’s newest hospital, Mercy Health - West Hospital in Green Township, starting on Nov. 12.

Oct 30, 2013

Starting Nov. 1, Metro is extending the duration of a transfer to 120 minutes (two hours) from the time the transfer is issued. Currently, transfers are good for 90 minutes.

Oct 29, 2013

Ride Metro's Rt. 1 free to and from the Cincinnati Museum Center on Nov. 1 and 7 from 4 - 9 p.m. 

Oct 21, 2013

Metro provided 17.7% more express weekday rides in September compared to the same time last year. 

Oct 21, 2013

Metro has appointed Frank M. Spataro as executive director of Human Resources/EEO officer. 

Oct 15, 2013

Metro employee Daron Brown has been named assistant director of the Fleet & Facilities department.

Oct 11, 2013

Hand-painted art celebrates native plants, fossils and Native American art at the Metro bus shelter at the intersection of Clifton and Ludlow in front of the Diggs Plaza entrance to Burnet Woods.

Oct 8, 2013

Metro and Access buses will operate on a regular schedule for Columbus Day, Monday, Oct.14. 

Sep 26, 2013

Twenty-four downtown bus shelters get artsy makeover by ArtWorks apprentices. 

Sep 19, 2013

Metro will detour downtown during the annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati celebration held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20, 21 and 22, 2013. 

Sep 13, 2013

Paul Grether, Metro’s Rail Services Manager, was named to Mass Transit Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list, honoring professionals who have made significant contributions to the public transit industry.

Sep 5, 2013

Metro celebrated to a disco beat as it hosted several events to commemorate its 40th anniversary as Greater Cincinnati’s public transit system.

Aug 22, 2013

Metro and Access buses will operate on a holiday/Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 2, in observation of Labor Day. Metro will run regular Sunday service during Riverfest (no special service). Detours will be listed on the website.

Aug 12, 2013

SORTA Board Member Jason Dunn was named to the Business Courier’s 2013 Forty Under 40 class.

Aug 8, 2013

Metro is inviting the community to celebrate its 40th anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fountain Square. 

Aug 5, 2013

After more than a year of planning and community input, it’s time to go forward with Metro service improvements, beginning Aug. 18.

Aug 2, 2013

Metro*Plus service that directly connects the busy Montgomery Road corridor to Uptown, downtown and The Banks starts Aug. 19. Customers can ride the new route FREE during the first week of service, Aug. 19-23.

Aug 2, 2013

On Aug. 2, Metro held a ceremony to dedicate the first Metro*Plus bus to former SORTA Board Trustee William Mallory, Sr., in honor of his many years of service to public transit in Greater Cincinnati.

Aug 1, 2013

Metro stored-value cards are now for sale at Metro’s sales office, 120 E. Fourth Street, Mercantile Building arcade downtown, weekdays 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (open 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 2).

Jul 17, 2013

Brennan C. Grayson, a partner with Kircher, Suetholz & Grayson (KSG), was named to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority’s board of trustees on July 16, 2013.

Jul 3, 2013

The intersection of 5th and Walnut will be CLOSED from July 12 at 6 p.m. - July 15 at 6 a.m. due to construction (relocating services and manholes for streetcar). Metro will detour Rts. 1, 6, 10, 15X, 21, 27, 28, 32, 42X, 49, 50, 75X at that location.

Jul 2, 2013

On Wednesday, July 17, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., all rides on Metro's Rt. 1 will be $0.50 each way ($1 round trip) during the Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Jul 1, 2013

A BIG bus stop sign like the one that will be used to mark bus stops near dozens of park facilities across Cincinnati and Hamilton County will be unveiled on Wednesday, July 10, 10 - 10:15 a.m., at the Music Hall Plaza in Washington Park.

Jun 29, 2013

Metro and Access buses will operate on a holiday schedule on July 4, in observation of the Independence Day holiday. Metro and Access will be on regular schedule on July 5.

Jun 28, 2013

Metro bus tokens officially become part of history at midnight on Sunday, June 30. Beginning July 1, Metro fareboxes will no longer accept tokens.

Jun 24, 2013

New stored-value cards, in prepaid amounts of $10, $20 and $30, will be available for sale starting Aug. 1.

Jun 17, 2013

The Metro Fare Deal Office is moving to Metro’s Silverton Eligibility building, 7000 Montgomery Road. Last day in Mercantile Center is June 28, 2013.

Jun 14, 2013

Waiting for the bus is about to become an artistic experience at 12 Cincinnati Metro bus shelters downtown and in Over-the-Rhine.

Jun 12, 2013

The Anderson Towne Center Kroger store is partnering with Metro and Anderson Township to boost bus ridership at events on June 19 and 27, from 6-8 a.m., at the Anderson Center Station park & ride (7832 Five Mile).

Jun 11, 2013

As gas prices in Cincinnati climb to near-record levels, Metro will participate in the eighth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 20.

Jun 11, 2013

Metro’s Safety Committee will be at Government Square’s Area D on Walnut Street, on June 19, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., for a safety event.

May 31, 2013

Metro is reminding passengers to use or exchange any remaining Metro tokens before the end of June.

May 31, 2013

Metro and partners broke ground on the new Uptown Transit District to better serve the thousands of people riding Metro to and from jobs, education, medical services, and entertainment in Uptown every day.

May 31, 2013

Free rides, treats and prizes on June 19 and June 27, 6-8 a.m.

May 23, 2013

Metro’s regular summer service changes will go into effect on June 2. This will include minor running time adjustments on Rts. 12X, 16, 17, 43, 71X, 72, 75X to better serve our customers.

May 22, 2013

Shawn Donaghy, a Pierce Township resident, was promoted to Metro’s Director of Transit Operations on May 20.

May 22, 2013

Metro and Access will operate on a holiday schedule on Monday, May 27. Service will be detoured downtown for Taste of Cincinnati May 24 - 28.


May 7, 2013

To celebrate Bike to Work Day, bicycle commuters can ride free on Metro, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) or Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) on Friday, May 17, when they transport their bikes on the easy-to-use bus bike racks.

May 2, 2013

Take note of the Metro detours for the Flying Pig 5K and 10K on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday.

Apr 17, 2013

It’s a new direction for Metro... Transit plan offers new services, better connections, improved efficiency; public meeting planned for May 1 to receive comments. 

Apr 10, 2013

Metro is celebrating one of its greenest years yet… and it’s planning to get greener.

Apr 9, 2013

Only a month after two similar incidents in late February and early March, a Metro bus operator again took action to keep children on Cincinnati streets from harm.

Apr 8, 2013

Metro’s CEO Terry Garcia Crews presents a year of free rides to 100-year-old Metro customer on April 15.

Mar 28, 2013

Metro and Access will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Good Friday, March 29, and a regular Sunday schedule on Easter, March 31.

Mar 28, 2013

Several Metro routes will detour downtown on Monday, April 1, for the annual Findlay Market Opening Day parade.  Metro is participating in the Opening Day parade.

Mar 15, 2013

The quick thinking of two Metro bus operators might have saved the lives of two children in separate incidents less than a week apart in late February and early March.

Mar 5, 2013

Metro Fare Deal program customers must reapply for new cards before June 30, 2013, to be considered to remain in the program and continue to pay reduced fares.

Mar 4, 2013

To celebrate its 40th anniversary on Aug. 15, Metro is on a mission to gather at least 40 stories from riders to highlight its rich history.

Feb 27, 2013

Metro’s 30-day rolling passes and 10-ride tickets are now available at the City Treasurer’s Office at City Hall, 801 Plum St., Room 202, downtown.

Feb 19, 2013

Rts. 10, 21, 24, 33, 46 and 67 will have minor schedule changes starting Sunday, March 3.

Feb 11, 2013

Metro staff will be taking part in a full-scale security exercise on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Metro bus service will not be affected.

Feb 7, 2013

Metro and Access will operate on a regular schedule on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18.

Jan 25, 2013

To work, to school, to play and everywhere in between – more people rode Metro last year.

Jan 25, 2013

Southwest Ohio public transportation agencies ended the year on a high note, with positive news from Cincinnati Metro and the Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA).

Jan 25, 2013

Rt. 38X Glenway Crossing-Uptown Express ridership was up about 18% in December 2012 compared to the same time in 2011.

Jan 17, 2013

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority has elected Suzanne Burke as Chair of the SORTA board for 2013. Karl Schultz was elected Vice Chair.

Jan 16, 2013

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded Metro a grant for $206,973 to develop a transit maintenance workforce training program.

Jan 7, 2013

Metro and Access will operate on a regular schedule on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21. Metro telephone information is open, but Metro administrative offices and the sales office are closed for the day.

Jan 6, 2013

J. Thomas Hodges received a Royal Coachman Award from SORTA on Jan. 9. This award is given by SORTA to honor an individual’s commitment to the development and betterment of public transportation.