2022 News Releases
Dec 22, 2022
In anticipation of the severe winter weather expected through the Tri-State this evening, all Metro and Access service will suspend fare collection beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 through Sunday, Dec. 25.
Dec 19, 2022
Recognizing that not all holidays mean a day off work in numerous industries that rely on public transit, Metro earlier this year reinvented its approach to holiday service.
Dec 8, 2022
From Saturday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 25, two buses will circulate through Metro’s fixed routes with their cabins decked out in holiday trim. If one of these buses arrives on your route, that trip’s on us!
Nov 29, 2022
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to go Metro! Throughout the month of December, Metro has multiple promotions and giveaways planned to make your holiday season merry and bright.
Nov 23, 2022
In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, all Metro fixed routes will operate on their Sunday schedules on Thursday, Nov. 24. Metro and Access’ administrative offices as well as the Downtown sales office will also close on Thanksgiving Day and reopen on Friday, Nov. 25.
Nov 18, 2022
Shop local and avoid the hassles of traffic and parking this year with free fares on all Metro and Access paratransit rides on Black Friday, Nov. 25.
Nov 17, 2022
The five-phase Reinventing Metro plan will enter its second phase next month with a series of major service updates planned to go into effect on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Nov 16, 2022
The organization announced the award and recognized Mr. Haley at its annual Blacksmith Awards ceremony and chapter banquet Wednesday evening.
Nov 10, 2022
Securing this funding will allow Metro to continue delivering on the promise of Issue 7 and Reinventing Metro to provide more robust, convenient transit access throughout more of Hamilton County.
Nov 7, 2022
All active, reserve and retired military members can ride Metro and Access paratransit fare-free with a valid ID indicating military status on Veterans Day.
Nov 4, 2022
Those who attend can enter to win a free, three-month bus wrap advertising their business, valued at approximately $14,000!
Oct 26, 2022
The Oct. 25 luncheon served as an annual meeting; a report to the community on Metro’s recent accomplishments and future plans; an education in regional and national transportation trends and impact; and a chance to celebrate a historic time for Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Oct 24, 2022
Free fares and extra park & ride locations gave Metro ridership a big boost during the art and light celebration.
Oct 19, 2022
Metro is partnering with Molson Coors' Free Rides Program to provide fans a free and safe ride to the Bengals' Oct. 23 home game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Sep 30, 2022
Metro and TANK will offer fare-free rides beginning at 6 p.m., October 13-16. All rides on both transportation networks, including direct routes to BLINK, will be free. Direct routes to BLINK will be available via four Park & Ride locations.
Sep 26, 2022
Metro has identified four potential bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors and will start service on two of them as the first step toward building a regional BRT network.
Sep 20, 2022
Systemwide ridership is now exceeding 80% of Metro's pre-pandemic (2019) monthly average, with some routes having surpassed pre-COVID levels.
Sep 16, 2022
This event celebrates the international movement to encourage motorists to give up their automobiles for a day and instead use public transit, bike, walk, carpool or telecommute.
Sep 12, 2022
Metro staff will hold a final meeting to collect feedback from the community and present the results of a Title VI equity study on proposed service improvements planned for December 2022 on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Sep 6, 2022
Over the last year, the assessment center has undergone a complete renovation, including the in-house fabrication and installation of a half-sized bus equipped with a windshield-sized video screen, used to simulate fixed-route rides and assess a whether a customer’s disability would prevent them from using SORTA’s Metro bus system.
Aug 25, 2022
Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) CEO and General Manager Darryl Haley was recognized among dozens of top executives across the Greater Cincinnati region during the Cincinnati Business Courier’s eighth annual “C-Suite Awards.”
Aug 12, 2022
Multiple Metro routes will see minor time changes and increased frequency in the mornings and afternoons in preparation for the beginning of a new Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) academic year. The changes will go into effect Sunday, Aug. 14.
Aug 11, 2022
Mr. Aiello currently serves as General Manager of the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK), a role he has held since 2010, overseeing the daily operations of the transit system that provides more than 3 million passenger trips per year.
Aug 11, 2022
Metro staff will host eight public meetings to update the public and to collect feedback on service improvements proposed for December 2022, including the pilot launch of the new, on-demand service, MetroNow!.
Aug 2, 2022
The contract allows CPS students in grades 9 through 12 to ride Metro to and from school and after-school activities during the school year. In addition, it also allows students in grades 7 and 8 who participate in after-school activities to ride Metro home after those activities.
Jul 20, 2022
This weekend will be jam-packed with the best of what summer has to offer, and Metro wants to connect you to all the fun. Building on our summer-long fare-free weekends, Metro and Access paratransit will offer all rides fare-free on Friday, July 22 – in addition to Saturday and Sunday.
Jul 19, 2022
Metro employees came together Tuesday afternoon to recognize 110 operators and maintenance employees who achieved performance and safety milestones in 2021, at the transit agency’s 49th Annual Safety Awards luncheon.
Jul 12, 2022
Once trained, the starting hourly wage for a new Metro operator is $21.06 per hour (annual, full-time pay of $43,805) with the opportunity to earn more than $62,000 annually in just five years.
Jul 11, 2022
Changes to bus service – where routes run, how frequently and how long into the evening – are a common and routine component of Metro’s operations. To ensure that we roll out major service changes in a fair and equitable way, Metro is committed to maintaining up-to-date policies and procedures that comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations.
Jun 28, 2022
For 10 weekends, between Fourth of July weekend, Saturday, July 2 and Labor Day weekend, Sunday, Sept. 4, Metro and Access paratransit will provide all Saturday and Sunday trips fare-free, to ensure the community has an affordable and convenient alternative to driving to their favorite, local weekend destinations.
Jun 16, 2022
Hamilton County municipalities have until 2 p.m., Thursday, June 30 to submit applications for the second annual round of SORTA's Transit Infrastructure Fund grants.
Jun 9, 2022
Metro's next operator hiring event will take place Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at our Queensgate facility, located at 1401 Bank St.
May 25, 2022
Service improvements - including more buses running more often for longer stretches of the day on four major routes, new service to Amazon's River Road facility and improved holiday schedules - will take effect Sunday, May 29.
May 16, 2022
Those looking to give commuting by bike a try will have the perfect opportunity on Friday, May 20, when transit systems around the Cincinnati region partner to offer free fare for those busing with their bike.
May 10, 2022
In the role, Mr. Bailey manages the delivery of fixed-route services to the community and oversees all operators; service delivery and quality; supervision; dispatching; and support and operations at Metro’s transit facilities and passenger hubs.
Apr 29, 2022
Mr. Pinkelton will be responsible for overseeing the transit agency’s $146.6 million operating budget, capital program, financial reporting, treasury management activities and investments.
Apr 26, 2022
Finalists for this year’s Golden Bus Awards were selected from the year’s monthly Silver Wheel Awards, which give managers the chance to recognize their employees from each of Metro’s six divisions for outstanding achievement.
Apr 20, 2022
The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board of Trustees welcomed two new members during its Tuesday evening meeting. Mr. Trenton Emeneker will represent Butler County on the board, and Ms. Krista Lewis will represent Warren County.
Apr 19, 2022
The decision adheres to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) announcement Monday that it would no longer enforce the requirement on airplanes or public transit.
Apr 7, 2022
In celebration of the Cincinnati Reds’ 2022 home opener and the return of Major League Baseball – and to provide safe transportation to and from the festivities throughout the region – Metro is happy to offer all fixed-route and Access paratransit service fare-free on Tuesday, April 12.
Mar 31, 2022
In last year’s inaugural round of grants, SORTA awarded $227 million – including $205 million over the next 25 years for the Western Hills Viaduct replacement – to 30 projects across 22 Hamilton County communities.
Mar 29, 2022
Metro provided more weekday trips on average throughout last week’s fare-free promotion than at any other time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.
Mar 22, 2022
The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board of Trustees at its March meeting Tuesday appointed three new members to the non-profit Everybody Rides Metro Board of Directors – Kelly Smith-Trondle, Sonja Taylor and Erik Thomas.
Mar 15, 2022
Metro has planned a career fair on Thursday, March 17 from 4-7 p.m. at our Queensgate Division.
Mar 14, 2022
All Metro and Access rides will operate fare-free from Sunday, March 20, through Saturday, March 26, to assist commuters struggling to accommodate rising gas prices.
Mar 11, 2022
The grant comes from the FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Grant program for aging transit vehicles and infrastructure and will provide Metro necessary funds to purchase new buses powered by electricity or biofuel.
Mar 4, 2022
These funds will help replace revenue lost during the pandemic and were made possible by the American Rescue Plan, passed by Congress last spring.
Mar 1, 2022
Metro’s routine, spring service changes will take effect Sunday, March 6, on 13 fixed routes, with minor schedule and running time adjustments.
Feb 17, 2022
As part of our ongoing efforts to address a continued driver shortage and to help keep up with expanding service, Metro is aggressively recruiting new bus operators to join our team.
Feb 16, 2022
Metro is excited to announce it is developing new, on-demand service to provide transit access to areas of the community that are currently underserved by public transportation.
Feb 11, 2022
In the inaugural round of SORTA’s new Transit Infrastructure Fund, the ceremony celebrated the distribution of approximately $220 million in grants to 30 infrastructure projects across 22 Hamilton County communities.
Feb 9, 2022
In celebration of the Cincinnati Bengals’ historic season and trip to Super Bowl LVI – and to provide safe transportation to and from watch parties throughout the region – Metro will offer all fixed-route and Access paratransit service fare-free on Sunday, February 13.
Feb 4, 2022
Free fare will offer relief to riders who must travel during the winter storm and help speed up the boarding process, which will help routes stay on schedule as much as road conditions safely allow.
Jan 20, 2022
Metro will host a career fair for new, prospective operators on Saturday, January 22 at our Queensgate Division.
Jan 18, 2022
The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board of Trustees has re-elected Kreg Keesee as its chair for 2022. The board elected Alyson Beridon to serve as vice chair.
Jan 12, 2022
In addition to participating in the annual march, Metro will continue to operate regular weekday schedules, in order to continue providing bus service to members of the community who need access to employment, health care and other appointments.
Jan 10, 2022
The new contract marks a critical step in recruiting drivers and ensuring improved service to the community.
Jan 6, 2022
In the event of snow- and ice-related bus service disruptions, Metro has multiple resources at customers' disposal to stay up-to-date on the status of their trip.