2014 News Releases
All shelters are now open at Government Square after being closed for streetcar utility-related construction.
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.
Since last Tuesday, 1,001 Cincinnati Streetcar “Founders’ Club” cards have been sold, generating more than $42,000 in fare revenue for the streetcar.
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.
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.
Metro has promoted Brandy Jones, APR, to Public Relations Manager.
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.
Today, the City of Cincinnati introduced the new branding system for the Cincinnati Streetcar, which is slated to begin operation in September 2016.
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.
Metro’s new CEO brings 30+ years of transit experience
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.
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.
Local businesses to get opportunity to connect with potential primes
Jack Painter and Daniel St. Charles recently joined the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority’s board of trustees.
Metro’s regular winter service changes will go into effect on Sunday, Dec. 7.
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.
Santa Claus is coming to town… on a specially decorated Metro Holly Jolly Trolley in several city neighborhoods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Metro bus operator Jontay Love assisted an individual shot in Avondale on Oct. 13.
Metro wants to jumpstart careers by hiring future leaders, coach operators, fleet mechanics and administrative personnel.
To celebrate the rich diversity of the Cincinnati community, ArtWorks partnered with Metro to present 2014 FotoFocus project Touching Strangers: Cincinnati.
Metro is introducing new day passes starting Nov. 2. They will be for sale on all buses and at Metro’s Sales Office.
Metro and Access buses will operate on a regular schedule for Columbus Day, Monday, Oct.13.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business owners will learn how to do business with Metro by attending its free vendor workshops this fall.
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.
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.
With the official opening of Metro’s Uptown Transit District, Metro and community leaders celebrated a new way to better connect Metro riders.
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.
The Board of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) today accepted the resignation of Metro CEO & General Manager Terry Garcia Crews, effective immediately.
The new logo and branding standards for the Cincinnati Streetcar will be developed by Cincinnati-based Kolar Design.
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
Metro and Access will operate on a holiday schedule on Friday, July 4, in observation of the Independence Day holiday.
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.
Metro has received a prestigious national award for excellence in financial reporting for governmental entities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Metro’s summer service change will make traveling in Springdale and Sharonville easier for bus riders, starting June 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many Metro routes will detour around the marathon on May 3 and 4.
Rts. 31, 64 and some Metro XTRA Service routes will detour on McMicken from Freeman Ave. to Straight Street.
Downtown construction starting on April 24 will result in street closures and Metro detours.
To more accurately highlight its full system and service area, Metro has updated its transit system map.
Metro is removing some bus stops in Norwood and Price Hill.
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.
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.
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.
Metro provided 8% more rides on the Rt. 71 Kings Island Express last month compared to last March, despite lingering winter weather.
Metro provided 6% more Harrison area rides last month compared to last March, despite lingering winter weather.
Metro has named Arnold Isham Jr. assistant director of Transit Operations.
On Friday, April 11 at 6pm through Sunday, Vine will be closed at Central Parkway. Learn more about this and other upcoming downtown construction.
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.
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.
Metro service is prepared for tonight's snow. Overnight, the latest snow detours will be posted on Twitter.
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.
Metro is the cover story for the March 2014 issue of Mass Transit magazine, the only magazine exclusively dedicated to public transportation.
Today Metro service is operating with no XTRA Service, detours lifted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Metro has named Mike Restle as chief financial officer, effective Feb. 19, 2014.
CINCINNATI — Metro service is operating with no snow detours.
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.
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.
All service is operating, and all Metro snow detours have been lifted.
Metro has hired Kunjan Dayal, C.P.M., as assistant director of Procurement and Stores, effective Jan. 21, 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.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Metro service will be operating without XTRA service because Cincinnati Public Schools will be closed.
A new Metro park & ride at the Meijer at 3711 Stone Creek Blvd. in Colerain Township opened on Monday, Jan. 27.
Metro service is operating, but detours and delays are possible.
As of 2:30 p.m., all Metro service (including XTRA service) is operating. All snow detours have been lifted, routes on regular schedule.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, as of 2:40p.m., Metro regular service is operating with one snow detour, no XTRA service.
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.