2014 News Releases
Dec 22, 2014

All shelters are now open at Government Square after being closed for streetcar utility-related construction.

Dec 18, 2014

It’s official: all 750 of the $25 Cincinnati Streetcar “Founders’ Club” cards are sold out.  A limited number of $50 and $100 cards are still available.

Dec 15, 2014

Since last Tuesday, 1,001 Cincinnati Streetcar “Founders’ Club” cards have been sold, generating more than $42,000 in fare revenue for the streetcar.

Dec 15, 2014

At its 2014 State of Metro annual meeting today, Metro introduced its new CEO, announced a regional pass with TANK, released results from a study that shows how Metro stacks up against transit systems in peer cities, and highlighted its 2014 successes.

Dec 11, 2014

Beginning Monday, Dec. 15, Metro and the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) are introducing a new regional stored-value card that can be used on all Metro and TANK buses.

Dec 10, 2014

Metro has promoted Brandy Jones, APR, to Public Relations Manager.

Dec 9, 2014

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority board of trustees voted to approve the proposed Operating & Maintenance Agreement, which delineates the responsibilities of SORTA and the City of Cincinnati related to the operations of the Cincinnati Streetcar. 

Dec 9, 2014

Today, the City of Cincinnati introduced the new branding system for the Cincinnati Streetcar, which is slated to begin operation in September 2016.

Dec 9, 2014

Limited edition: when they’re gone, they’re gone! Want to put a really big train under the tree this year?  Give the Cincinnati Streetcar “Founders’ Club” card good for unlimited rides when the streetcar begins operating in 2016.

Dec 9, 2014

Metro’s new CEO brings 30+ years of transit experience 

Dec 8, 2014

Metro buses will operate on a Holiday/Sunday schedule on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, and New Year's Day, Thursday, Jan. 1. Access, Metro’s service for people with disabilities, will also operate on a Holiday/Sunday schedule on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Dec 8, 2014

Metro’s developing the future of public transportation one student at a time. Through Metro’s John W. Blanton Internship Program students enrolled in accredited post-secondary academic programs will have a unique opportunity to experience the business side of public transportation. 

Dec 5, 2014

Local businesses to get opportunity to connect with potential primes

Dec 2, 2014

Jack Painter and Daniel St. Charles recently joined the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority’s board of trustees.

Nov 21, 2014

Metro’s regular winter service changes will go into effect on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Nov 20, 2014

Metro buses will operate on a holiday schedule on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 27. Access, Metro’s specialized service for people with disabilities, will also operate on a holiday schedule.

Nov 17, 2014

Santa Claus is coming to town… on a specially decorated Metro Holly Jolly Trolley in several city neighborhoods.

Nov 5, 2014

Metro buses will operate on a regular schedule for Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. Access specialized service for people with disabilities will also operate on a regular schedule on Nov. 11.

Nov 4, 2014

Metro bus boarding areas A, B and C on Government Square will be closed for streetcar utility-related construction for at least six weeks starting Monday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. Government Square’s peripheral boarding areas D, E, F, G and H on Walnut, Fifth and Main will remain open.

Oct 30, 2014

Join the Ohio Department of Transportation at the live webcast of the regional stakeholder meeting to help shape a long term strategy for the needs of Ohio's riders today and in the future.

Oct 24, 2014

Metro today received the results of a recent phone survey related to its go*Forward vision for transit in the region. The survey was conducted from Sept. 15-19 by Fallon Research & Communications, Inc. with responses from 503 Hamilton County residents. 

Oct 23, 2014

Ridership was up in September on two crosstown routes serving Metro’s Glenway Crossing Transit Center and park & ride. These east-west routes allow riders to connect to many other Metro routes and destinations without going downtown to transfer.

Oct 23, 2014

Metro provided 5% more rides on the Rt. 71 Kings Island Express last month compared to September 2013. In September 2014, the Rt. 71X provided almost 7,220 rides.

Oct 21, 2014

Metro bus operator Jontay Love assisted an individual shot in Avondale on Oct. 13.

Oct 20, 2014

Metro wants to jumpstart careers by hiring future leaders, coach operators, fleet mechanics and administrative personnel. 

Oct 9, 2014

To celebrate the rich diversity of the Cincinnati community, ArtWorks partnered with Metro to present 2014 FotoFocus project Touching Strangers: Cincinnati

Oct 6, 2014

Metro is introducing new day passes starting Nov. 2.  They will be for sale on all buses and at Metro’s Sales Office.

Oct 2, 2014

Metro and Access buses will operate on a regular schedule for Columbus Day, Monday, Oct.13. 

Sep 24, 2014

Local businesses can learn how to do business with the City of Cincinnati, Metro and several leading local organizations by attending a free Economic Inclusion Vendor Fair at the Duke Energy Convention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. - noon.

Sep 22, 2014

Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Board Chair Jason Dunn was named to Mass Transit Magazine’s 2014 “Top 40 Under Forty” list, honoring professionals who are making significant contributions to the public transit industry.

Sep 15, 2014

Cincinnati Parks and Metro are providing a new way to explore the Queen City with the “Amazing Race and Ride” event on Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Sep 10, 2014

Government Square on Fifth Street (Areas A, B & C) will be closed Saturday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 14, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Sep 2, 2014

YP organizations and Metro hope to introduce Cincinnati young professionals to the many benefits of riding the bus. tri*Metro consists of a “How To” video, an evening entertainment bus that circulates to venues across Cincinnati on Sept. 13, and a 30-day challenge to travel car-free in October.

Aug 25, 2014

Metro and Access buses will operate on a holiday/Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 1, in observation of Labor Day. Metro will not operate special bus service for the 2014 Riverfest on Aug. 31.

Aug 13, 2014

The heroic actions of Metro bus operator Clay Chinn might have saved residents of an apartment building in East Price Hill that caught fire July 31.

Aug 5, 2014

Business owners will learn how to do business with Metro by attending its free vendor workshops this fall. 

Aug 4, 2014

Mostly small changes on many schedules, including: Rts. 4, 6, 11, 14X, 17, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27, 31, 32, 33, 43WH, 46, 68, 72, 78 and Metro*Plus (Rt. 90) starting on Aug. 24. 

Aug 3, 2014

Kreg Keesee, vice president of Graphic Services for Sun Chemical Corporation, was named to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority’s board of trustees on July 15.

Jul 24, 2014

With the official opening of Metro’s Uptown Transit District, Metro and community leaders celebrated a new way to better connect Metro riders.

Jul 18, 2014

Today, Metro issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for executive recruitment services for the agency’s Chief Executive Officer position. Proposals are due on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Jul 15, 2014

The Board of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) today accepted the resignation of Metro CEO & General Manager Terry Garcia Crews, effective immediately.

Jul 11, 2014

The new logo and branding standards for the Cincinnati Streetcar will be developed by Cincinnati-based Kolar Design.

Jul 1, 2014

Metro is partnering with Learning Through Art, Inc. to provide reduced fare on Rt. 46 Avondale for the Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. On Wednesday, July 16, all rides on the Rt. 46 only will be $0.50 each way ($1 round trip) during the Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m

Jun 26, 2014
Due to utility construction for the streetcar, Metro's bus stop on Walnut at Fifth will be closed until Friday afternoon. Plus, Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets will be closed overnight through July 2.
Jun 26, 2014

Metro and Access will operate on a holiday schedule on Friday, July 4, in observation of the Independence Day holiday.

Jun 25, 2014

After safely driving millions of miles in a Metro bus, Ronald Combs, of Fairfax, will receive the Safe Driver Award of Honor from the National Safety Council.

Jun 25, 2014

Metro has received a prestigious national award for excellence in financial reporting for governmental entities.

Jun 2, 2014

Metro has activities planned throughout June to appreciate current riders and convince new riders to give it a try in honor of Dump the Pump Day on June 19.

May 29, 2014

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, Metro will join these and other progressive local employers in offering health and dental benefits to employees in same-sex marriages and recognized domestic partner relationships. 

May 27, 2014

During National Safety Month in June, two Metro bus operators are receiving awards from the National Safety Council for driving two million miles each without an accident. 

May 20, 2014

This spring, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) informed the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) that $876,762 in rail-related grant funding awarded to SORTA in 1996 must be used soon or it would be forfeited.

May 20, 2014

Metro’s regular summer service changes will go into effect on June 1. Improvements include new service in Sharonville, reduced fare to Kings Island, service to the new Belterra Park on Kellogg Ave., and minor running time adjustments on some routes to better serve our customers.

May 19, 2014

Metro’s summer service change will make traveling in Springdale and Sharonville easier for bus riders, starting June 1.

May 17, 2014

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, Metro and Access will operate on a holiday schedule. Metro service will be detoured in downtown Cincinnati beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 23, through early morning on Tuesday, May 27, due to Taste of Cincinnati.

May 13, 2014

Metro issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation of a brand identity and branding system for the Cincinnati Streetcar. Proposals are due on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 4 p.m.

May 12, 2014

To celebrate Bike to Work Day, bicycle commuters can ride free on Metro, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) or Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) on Friday, May 16, when they transport their bikes on the easy-to-use bus bike racks.

May 6, 2014

Metro has made history as the first mid-size transit system to receive top honors for both safety and security from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), an organization representing the transit industry for more than 100 years.

May 1, 2014

Many Metro routes will detour around the marathon on May 3 and 4. 

Apr 29, 2014

Rts. 31, 64 and some Metro XTRA Service routes will detour on McMicken from Freeman Ave. to Straight Street. 

Apr 24, 2014

Downtown construction starting on April 24 will result in street closures and Metro detours. 

Apr 24, 2014

To more accurately highlight its full system and service area, Metro has updated its transit system map. 

Apr 23, 2014

Metro is removing some bus stops in Norwood and Price Hill.

Apr 21, 2014

Metro is helping participants get to the starting line of the 16th Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon with a Flying Pig day pass and an early morning express bus on Sunday, May 4, 2014.

Apr 16, 2014

Metro and Access will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Good Friday, April 18, and a regular Sunday schedule on Easter, April 20. Metro's new contest starts on April 22.

Apr 16, 2014

More Western Hills commuters were trading their keys for bus passes this March. Three routes serving Metro’s Glenway Crossing Transit Center and park & ride increased ridership more than 20% in March.

Apr 16, 2014

Metro provided 8% more rides on the Rt. 71 Kings Island Express last month compared to last March, despite lingering winter weather. 

Apr 16, 2014

Metro provided 6% more Harrison area rides last month compared to last March, despite lingering winter weather.

Apr 15, 2014

Metro has named Arnold Isham Jr. assistant director of Transit Operations. 

Apr 11, 2014

On Friday, April 11 at 6pm through Sunday, Vine will be closed at Central Parkway. Learn more about this and other upcoming downtown construction. 

Apr 7, 2014

This year, with a new “Drop It In To Win” contest starting on Earth Day, there are even more reasons to go green with Metro.

Mar 26, 2014

Metro’s quest to make riding more convenient continues with the addition of its first ticket vending machine, installed downtown at the Government Square information booth near the corner of 5th and Walnut Streets.

Mar 24, 2014

Metro service is prepared for tonight's snow. Overnight, the latest snow detours will be posted on Twitter. 

Mar 19, 2014

More Metro passes will be available at Cincinnati City Hall starting April 1. To celebrate, Coffee Emporium is providing free coffee with the purchase of any pass or stored-value card at City Hall on April Fools' Day, while supplies last.

Mar 13, 2014

Metro is the cover story for the March 2014 issue of Mass Transit magazine, the only magazine exclusively dedicated to public transportation.

Mar 3, 2014

Today Metro service is operating with no XTRA Service, detours lifted.

Feb 27, 2014

A Metro bus driver who helped a pedestrian who was injured when he fell in the street was recently recognized for his quick and helpful actions.

Feb 24, 2014

Metro’s spring service changes will take effect on Sunday,  March 2, 2014. Changes will include new service to Evendale, Woodlawn and U.S. Bank Operations Center. New schedules for Rts. 3/3X, 15X, 17, 19, 21, 23/23X, 24, 30X, 32, 33, 41, 43, 51, 64, 71/71X, 74X and 85.

Feb 23, 2014

Construction for utility relocation and renewal will close Government Square from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., starting Tuesday, Feb. 25. This construction is expected to take several days. 

Feb 23, 2014

Construction for utility relocation and renewal will continue to close Government Square from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Feb. 27 but possibly longer. 

Feb 19, 2014

Metro has named Mike Restle as chief financial officer, effective Feb. 19, 2014.

Feb 15, 2014

CINCINNATI — Metro service is operating with no snow detours. 

Feb 10, 2014

On Friday, Feb. 7, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627 membership voted to approve a labor contract with Metro, effective Feb. 1, 2014 through Oct. 31, 2015.  The current contract expired at midnight on Jan. 31, 2014. 

Feb 6, 2014

Metro will operate on a regular schedule on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17. Access service for people with disabilities will also run on a regular schedule.

Feb 3, 2014

All service is operating, and all Metro snow detours have been lifted.

Jan 29, 2014

Metro has hired Kunjan Dayal, C.P.M., as assistant director of Procurement and Stores, effective Jan. 21, 2014.

Jan 28, 2014

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) has elected Jason Dunn as Chair of the SORTA board for 2014. Ken Reed was elected Vice Chair.

Jan 27, 2014

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Metro service will be operating without XTRA service because Cincinnati Public Schools will be closed.

Jan 27, 2014

A new Metro park & ride at the Meijer at 3711 Stone Creek Blvd. in Colerain Township opened on Monday, Jan. 27.

Jan 25, 2014

 Metro service is operating, but detours and delays are possible.

Jan 23, 2014

As of 2:30 p.m., all Metro service (including XTRA service) is operating.  All snow detours have been lifted, routes on regular schedule.

Jan 21, 2014

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, as of 2:40p.m., Metro regular service is operating with one snow detour, no XTRA service.

Jan 7, 2014

Metro and Access will operate on a regular schedule on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20. Metro telephone information is open, but Metro administrative offices and the sales office are closed for the day.