Metro Celebrates 40th Anniversary on Aug. 15

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. 

Service improvements begin Aug. 18 and new Metro*Plus on Aug. 19

CINCINNATI – Watergate, polyester pant suits and The Sting … a lot has changed since Metro began operating as Greater Cincinnati’s public transit system in 1973.

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.  The event is free and open to the public and will include 1973 music from WGRR-FM, prizes, special appearances from Metro’s community partners and a few surprises.

An historic bus from the 1960s will be on display, along with one of Metro’s newest Metro*Plus buses that will go into service on Aug. 19.

“We’re celebrating 40 years of connecting people and places, supporting economic development and improving the quality of life in Greater Cincinnati,” said Metro’s CEO & General Manager Terry Garcia Crews. “We want to thank our community for supporting Metro for the past four decades.”

As Metro celebrates its history, exciting new improvements are beginning:

  • Metro*Plus:  On Monday, Aug. 19, new, limited-stop Metro*Plus service will connect the Montgomery Road corridor from Kenwood to Xavier with Uptown, downtown and The Banks.

Metro*Plus service will operate every 15 minutes on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every 30 minutes from 6-10 p.m.  Customers can ride free on Metro*Plus from Aug. 19 to Aug. 23 to try the new service.

  • More westside service: More routes will serve Metro’s Glenway Crossing Transit Center including service to the new Mercy Health West Hospital that opens this fall and all-day service to Price Hill. 
  • More crosstown service: Metro is also adding new crosstown options connecting Western Hills to Uptown, Hyde Park and Oakley and more service on busy routes.

“Metro is changing to meet the needs of the community,” said Garcia Crews. “We are proud of what we have done in the past 40 years, and we’re eager to go forward to provide even better service to the community in the future.”

Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.

For more information about Metro, service improvements and the 40th anniversary celebration, visit www.go-metro.com.

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