Metro Express Ridership Up Again Last Month

With gas prices high, Metro had almost 11% more express riders in May

CINCINNATI - Metro's commuter express ridership in May increased 10.9%, compared to May 2010. Metro attributes the approximate 13,000 more express route rides in May to the high cost of gas. This marks the fifth consecutive month of express ridership increases for Metro.

With gas prices high, Metro had almost 11% more express riders in May

CINCINNATI - Metro's commuter express ridership in May increased 10.9%, compared to May 2010. Metro attributes the approximate 13,000 more express route rides in May to the high cost of gas. This marks the fifth consecutive month of express ridership increases for Metro.

"It's exciting to see the growth in our commuter market. This increase demonstrates that Metro is a viable option for our residents," said Terry Garcia Crews, Metro's CEO. "If you drive 20 or 25 miles one-way to work, you're probably using two gallons of gas a day. Metro offers a convenient alternative to paying higher gas prices."

Local commuters can save $4,500 or more a year by riding transit.  As a fun reminder of the savings, Metro has partnered with Cricket Wireless to give three contest winners the chance to grab up to $4,500 in cash this summer. The Money Grab contest, sponsored by Cricket Wireless, will run through Aug. 19, 2011. No public or Metro funds are being used for the Money Grab. Entries can be submitted at www.go-metro.com , beginning June 16.

New bus riders can find tips and riding information on www.facebook.com/GoMetro and www.twitter.com/cincinnatimetro. Route, schedule and fare information is available on www.go-metro.com.

Metro provides about 17 million riders per year and offers 23 free park & rides for commuters, http://www.go-metro.com/parkandride.html.

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