Everybody Rides Metro Foundation Continues To Serve Low Income Individuals In Cincinnati

CINCINNATI - Through an innovative program nearly 1,000 Metro bus rides are provided to low-income riders each day. Each bus ride is a connection to jobs, education, healthcare and other vital services to help these individuals maintain their self-sufficiency.

CINCINNATI - Through an innovative program nearly 1,000 Metro bus rides are provided to low-income riders each day. Each bus ride is a connection to jobs, education, healthcare and other vital services to help these individuals maintain their self-sufficiency.

Metro’s charitable foundation, Everybody Rides Metro (ERM), and its partner organizations make these bus rides possible.

ERM works with nearly 90 Cincinnati partner organizations, including the FreestoreFoodbank, St. Vincent de Paul, Talbert House and the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati. These organizations distribute the tokens directly to the individuals they serve.

ERM will celebrate its partners at a luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 12:30 - 2 p.m. at De Paul Cristo Rey High School, 1133 Clifton Hills Ave.

In the last three years, ERM and its partner organizations have provided over 1,300,000 Metro bus tokens to low income individuals.

ERM is the first and only charity in the nation to subsidize public transportation for low-income riders. In 2008, ERM received the American Public Transportation Association’s Innovation Award for its efforts. The foundation receives contributions from corporate donors, other foundations and individuals. For more information, visit www.everybodyridesmetro.org.

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

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