More streetcar service to operate for Oktoberfest Cincinnati

City asks SORTA to operate service as needed during the event

CINCINNATI – More Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar service will operate during Oktoberfest at the direction of the City of Cincinnati.  The additional cost of the service will be paid by the City, consistent with the contract between the City and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority.

SORTA has been directed to operate as much service as needed during the event.

“Oktoberfest is a signature event for Cincinnati and the streetcar service will be very heavily used this weekend,” said Dwight A. Ferrell, CEO & General Manager for SORTA.  “We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the City of Cincinnati to make the Cincinnati Bell Connector a great success.”

IMPORTANT: Riders are urged to purchase streetcar tickets on the new Cincy EZRide app, available free at the Android and Apple app stores. Tickets can be purchased in advance and activated on your smartphone when you’re ready to ride.  Long lines are expected at the ticket vending machines at the streetcar stations.

BUY A TOKEN… GOOD THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT:  A limited number of commemorative streetcar tokens are also still available, good for unlimited rides through the end of service on Sunday, Sept. 18.  Cost is $10 and they are available at the Metro sales office in the Mercantile Building Arcade (on Fifth between Walnut and Main), weekdays from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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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