Metro XTRA Service
Metro XTRA Service is a network of bus routes traveling between neighborhoods throughout Cincinnati and various public and private secondary schools. XTRA Service is designed to prevent overcrowding on regular Metro routes and operates only on school days.
XTRA Service riders may catch the bus at any designated Metro bus stop. XTRA service is open to the public and all regular Metro fares and zone charges apply.
Students in Cincinnati Public Schools may be eligible for XTRA Service Smart Cards. XTRA Service Smart Cards are issued by local schools, with eligibility determined by CPS Pupil Transportation.
XTRA Service has been redesigned!
Beginning in Fall 2015, XTRA Service riders will notice many new changes in service. These changes were implemented to make service easier to understand, more accessible, and to allow XTRA Service riders to use Metro's new Real-Time Information Apps.
New four-digit route numbers were assigned to all XTRA Service routes. Route numbers are designed to give you clues on where the bus is traveling. The first two digits of the four digit route number indicate the main school served by the route. The third digit of the four digit route number provides a general indication of the area served by the route. The final digit is the trip number, if there are multiple routes traveling between the same school and area. For more information on numbering, click here.
Every trip has a unique route number! Gone are the days where XTRA Service riders need to look in the front window to see the block number because all buses showed the same route number. Now you can just look for your specific route number on the front, side or back of the bus to see if it's your route, just like regular Metro service! For a complete list of route numbers and destination signs as they'll appear on the bus, click here.
Real-Time bus tracking apps and Google Transit data are now available on XTRA Service! Metro has been working on new Real-Time bus tracking data that is shared with app developers around the world. Now XTRA Service riders are able to choose an app for their smartphone that will tell them where their bus is and how long it will be before the bus arrives. XTRA Service is also now included on Google Transit, allowing riders to plan their trips using regular and XTRA service on Google Maps. For more information on Real-Time Apps, click here.
For more information, read the CPS Metro Information page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please provide the following information in your email:
- Student Name
- Home Address
- Nearest Cross Street
- Contact Name and Phone #
Having complete information allows for a quicker response.
Full XTRA Service Route Descriptions
Print out this Kids Ride Safe card for students.