Rider Information: BLINK 2019

Due to street closures related to BLINK, Government Square, Metro’s downtown bus hub, will be out of service from 6:30 p.m. to the end of service each day from Oct. 10-13. Government Square will reopen each day at 4 a.m. 


Riders who regularly board or exit their bus at Government Square or at stops downtown or in Over-the-Rhine will not be able to do so in the evening during BLINK from 6:30 p.m. to the close of service. All routes will detour to the Riverfront Transit Center, located below Second Street, between Walnut and Race.

Click here for complete detour information.

How to get to the Riverfront Transit Center:
The Riverfront Transit Center is three blocks south of Government Square. It sits below street level and is accessible by six staircases and two elevators located on Second Street, outside of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  Click here for a video explaining how to get from Government Square to the Riverfront Transit Center.

The Cincinnati Bell Connector, which connects Over-the-Rhine to Downtown and The Banks, will operate free of charge and with increased frequency from 4 p.m. to the close of service every day during BLINK festivities, offering bus riders an easy and convenient way to access the Riverfront Transit Center on Second Street. Visit cincinnatibellconnector.com for a map of the streetcar route and riding information.

Don’t BLINK and Drive
Let Metro do the driving and deliver you to the heart of the BLINK festivities without the hassle of traffic or parking for only a $1.75 fare.

Metro will offer a total of three park and ride locations to make getting to and from all the BLINK festivities easy. Supplemental Park & Ride service will operate from select parking lots from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. each evening, Friday through Sunday, during BLINK. Regular fare ($1.75) will be charged. Passengers will be able to recognize the special BLINK supplemental services on these routes by their illuminated destination signs reading “Riverfront Transit Center / CPS Parking,” "Riverfront Transit Center / Cincinnati State" and "Riverfront Transit Center / Cincinnati Museum Center."

Cincinnati Public Schools Main Office/Hamilton County Public Heath lots (2623-2699 Burnet Ave Garage (CPS) and 250 William Howard Taft Rd (Hamilton County))*, served by:
Rt. 46 - Avondale
*New Park & Ride lot added 10/11 for use 10/11, 10/12 and 10/13

Cincinnati State Community & Technical College, served by:
Rt. 20 Winton – Tri-County

Museum Center at Union Terminal ($4 parking fee), served by:
Rt. 49  Fairmount – English Woods

Real-Time Information
As a result of the detours, riders should not rely on real-time information within the downtown area. Riders should expect possible delays and additional detours due to traffic congestion. Sign up for Cincy EZAlerts for the latest service information for your route.

Pay your fare the EZ way

Metro buses do not give change. Leave the worry about finding exact change behind and pay your fare using the Cincy EZRide app, available for free on in the App Store and Google Play.
Detours

Rt. 1 Inbound: Via Columbia Parkway, Exit Eggleston, L- Eggleston, R- Pete Rose Way, L- Mehring Way, R- Central, R- Into Riverfront Transit Center AREA F
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Pete Rose Way, L- Eggleston, R- 3rd to regular route

Rt. 4 Inbound: Via Reading, L- Eggleston, R- Pete Rose Way, L- Mehring Way, R- Central, R- Into Riverfront Transit Center AREA H
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center. L- Pete Rose Way, L- Eggleston, R- Reading to regular route

Rt. 6 Inbound: Via Plum, R- 6th, L- Central, L- Riverfront Transit Center AREA G
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Pete Rose Way, R- Mehring Way, R- Central Ave., R- Ezzard Charles, L- Central parkway to regular route

Rt. 11 Inbound: Via Gilbert, R- Court, L- Reedy, L- Eggleston, R- Pete Rose Way, R- Into Riverfront Transit Center AREA A
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L – Central, L – Mehring Way, R- Pete Rose Way, L- Eggleston, R- Reedy, R- Court, L- Gilbert to regular route

Rt. 16 Inbound: Via Liberty, R- Reading, L- Eggleston, R- Pete Rose Way, L- Mehring Way, R- Central, R- Into Riverfront Transit Center AREA H
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Pete Rose Way, L- Eggleston, L- Short Reading (after crossing Central Parkway), R- Sycamore, L- Liberty to regular route

Rt. 17 Inbound: Via McMicken, L- Liberty, R- Reading, L- Eggleston, R- Pete Rose Way, R- Into Riverfront Transit Center AREA B
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L – Central, L – Mehring Way, R - Pete Rose Way, L- Eggleston, L- Short Reading (after crossing Central Parkway), R- Sycamore, L- Liberty, R- Main, Bear L- McMicken to regular route

Rts. 19 & 24 Inbound: Via Dorchester, R- Reading, L- Eggleston, R- Pete Rose Way, R- Into Riverfront Transit Center AREA B
Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Central, L- Mehring Way, R- Pete Rose Way, L- Eggleston. R- Reading, R – Elisnore, L- Gilbert, L- Eden Park, through on Dorchester to regular route

Rt. 20 Inbound: Via Central Parkway, thru onto Plum, R- 6th, L- Central, L- Mehring Way, L- Pete Rose Way, R- Riverfront Transit Center AREA B
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, R- Central Ave., R- Ezzard Charles, L- Central Parkway to regular route

Rt. 21 Inbound: Via Central Parkway, thru onto Plum, R- 6th, L- Central, L- Riverfront Transit Center AREA D/E
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Pete Rose Way, R- Mehring Way, R- Central Ave., R- Ezzard Charles, L- Central Parkway to regular route

Rt. 27 Inbound: Via 3rd, R- Central, L- River Front Transit Center AREA F
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Pete Rose Way, R- Mehring Way, R- Central, L- 3rd to regular route

Rt. 28 Inbound: Via Pete Rose Way, L- Mehring Way, R- Central, R- Into Riverfront Transit Center AREA F
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Pete Rose Way to regular route

Rt. 32 Inbound: Via 7th, R- Central, L- into River Front Transit Center AREA H
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Pete Rose Way, R- Mehring Way, R- Central, L- 9th to regular route

Rt. 33 Inbound: Via 7th, R- Central, L- Mehring Way, L- Pete Rose Way, R- into River Front Transit Center AREA A
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, R- Central, L- 9th to regular route

Rt. 43 Inbound: Via Reading, L- Eggleston, R- Pete Rose Way, R- Into Riverfront Transit Center AREA C
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center. L- Central, L – Mehring Way, R - Pete Rose Way, L- Eggleston, R- Reading to regular route

Rt. 46 Inbound: Via Vine, L- Liberty, R- Reading, L- Eggleston, R- Pete Rose Way, R- Riverfront Transit Center AREA C
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Central, L- Mehring Way, R- Pete Rose Way, L- Eggleston, (after crossing Central Parkway), L- Short Reading, R- Sycamore, L- Liberty, R- Main, Bear L- McMicken, R- Vine to regular route

Rt. 49 Inbound: Via Plum, thru onto 6th, L- Central, L- into Riverfront Transit Center AREA F
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Pete Rose Way, R- Mehring Way, R- Central to regular route

Rt. 64 Inbound: Via McMicken, R- MoHawk, L- Central Parkway, thru onto Plum, R- 6th, L- Central, L- Riverfront Transit Center AREA 64/78
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Pete Rose Way, R- Mehring Way, R- Central Ave., R- Ezzard Charles, L- Central Parkway, R- MoHawk, L- McMicken to regular route

Rt. 72 Inbound: Via Inbound Via Reading, L- Eggleston, R- Pete Rose Way, L- Mehring Way, R- Central, R- Into Riverfront Transit Center AREA D/E
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center. L- Pete Rose Way, L- Eggleston, R- Central parkway to regular route

Rt. 78 Inbound: Via Findlay, L- Central Parkway, thru onto Plum, R- 6th, L- Central, L- Riverfront Transit Center AREA 64/78
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Pete Rose Way, L- Eggleston, (after crossing Central Parkway) L- Short Reading, R- Sycamore, L- Liberty, R- Main, Bear L- McMicken, R- Vine to regular route

Rt. 85 Riverfront Parking Shuttle (PM Only) Via Broadway, L- 3rd, R- Elm, to regular route

Rt. 90 Metro*Plus Inbound: Via Vine, L- Liberty, R- Reading, L- Eggleston, R- Pete Rose Way, R- Riverfront Transit Center AREA M+
Outbound: Via Riverfront Transit Center, L- Central, L- Mehring Way, R- Pete Rose Way, L- Eggleston, (after crossing Central Parkway) L- Short Reading, R- Sycamore, L- Liberty, R- Main, Bear L- McMicken, R- Vine to regular route