More than 50,000 passenger trips taken during Cincinnati Bell Connector's opening weekend

Oktoberfest: download the Cincy EZRide app for easy streetcar fare payment.

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Bell Connector's grand opening weekend was a major success with 50,646 passenger trips taken on the new streetcars as they traveled throughout The Banks, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

Cincinnati Bell Connector Ridership by day:

• Friday, Sept. 9: 18,141 passenger trips
• Saturday, Sept. 10: 17,160 passenger trips
• Sunday, Sept. 11: 15,345 passenger trips

Oktoberfest weekend: With more than 500,000 expected to turnout for Oktoberfest this weekend, customers are encouraged to download the free Cincy EZRide App to purchase streetcar passes on their smartphones to avoid lines at ticket vending machines.

Buying your fare: There's a learning curve as customers begin using the ticket vending machines at the streetcar stations. Be patient... it will take less time as people become more accustomed to buying fare tickets.

The easiest way to purchase a streetcar ticket is on your smartphone. Download the FREE Cincy EZRide app and purchase your electronic fare ticket.

IMPORTANT: all passes must be "validated" at the ticket vending machines or in the Cincy EZRide App prior to riding.

• Tickets are $1 for 2 hours or $2 for an all-day pass
• Children under 35" ride free and children under 45" pay ½ fare
• Metro Fare Deal pass-holders (older adults, people with disabilities and Medicare holders) pay ½ fare with their Fare Deal ID card
• Customers ride the streetcar free with a valid Metro 30-day pass, day pass or transfer
• Commemorative token and Founders' Club Card holders may begin enjoying unlimited rides until their pass value expires

About the Cincinnati Bell Connector: The Cincinnati Bell Connector is intended to expand transportation options, stimulate development, and enhance livability by connecting downtown, the riverfront and Over the Rhine. The Cincinnati Bell Connector is owned and funded by the City of Cincinnati, managed by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, and operated by Transdev.

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