Everybody Rides Metro
The Everybody Rides Metro foundation was created by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board of Trustees and received its 501(c)(3) status in September 2006. The foundation was the first of its kind in the country and has provided more than 2 million bus rides since its creation.
As part of the Reinventing Metro Plan, SORTA committed $500,000 per year to support low-income riders. Effective January 1, 2021, ERM will distribute these funds by subsidizing 100 percent of the cost for partner social service agencies to provide Metro fare media to individuals in need of medical, social services, or work-related transportation ending December 31st, 2023. Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, ERM will reimburse partner agencies at 50% of the cost of purchased passes.
VisionAn affordable ride for every community member in Hamilton County
MissionRemoving economic barriers and providing sustainable transportation to low-income riders so they can access employment, maintain well-being, and enjoy a better quality of life
Become An ERM PartnerMetro has one of the lowest bus fares in the country, but when faced with paying for rent, food, medicine and other necessities, some people don’t have any money left in their budgets. In fact, one-fourth of Cincinnati residents live below the poverty level and, for many, Metro is the sole source of transportation. ERM will work with local partner agencies to provide fare assistance to clients so they can get to jobs and job training, healthcare appointments, and other needed services.
If you're interested in becoming a partner, please download the application form below and return to ERM@go-metro.com. If you are an existing partner agency and have questions, please email ERM@go-metro.com.
If you are a rider in need of assistance, please contact any of the partners below.
The $500,000 dedicated annual funding provided by Reinventing Metro is a great start, but the need for transportation grows bigger by the day. That’s why ERM is happy to accept your tax-deductible donation. Your gift will help provide rides to jobs, health care and other vital human services for those who need them.
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When you give to Everybody Rides Metro, you’re providing more than a bus ride… you’re giving someone a chance for a better life.
Everybody Rides Metro is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. All contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Everybody Rides Metro accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and checks.
Everybody Rides Metro Board
Aaron Bley - ERM Board President, Vice President of Community Relations for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI).
Mr. Bley, Vice President of Community Relations, joined CABVI’s staff in December 2016. Aaron was previously the Senior Corporate Relationship Officer at the American Red Cross, Cincinnati-Dayton Region. He also served as the Regional Director for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and worked in a variety of community affairs positions with Mercy Health Partners. Aaron earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Xavier University and his master’s degree in Communication from the University of Cincinnati. Aaron also hold a Certificate in Corporate Community Relations from Boston University.
Aaron and his wife Donna have been married for 30 years and have two children, Ian (26) and Gage (24).
Gina Marsh, ERM Board Vice-President, Consultant
Ms. Marsh is a consultant who previously served as the Executive Director of the Human Services Chamber, an association of over 70 local human services providers. As Executive Director, Gina helped to further the organization’s mission to advocate for public policies that are beneficial to the human services sector and the residents they serve. In this role, she advocated with her colleagues for issues such as expanded affordable housing options, eviction prevention support, and robust public transit.
Prior to her work with the Human Services Chamber, Gina worked for over a decade for the City of Cincinnati, where she served in a variety of roles and learned how to navigate the politics and processes of local government. As an attorney for the City, she worked with Council Members, the Mayor, the City Manager and department heads to craft legislation and rules implementing operational and policy priorities. Gina also formed working relationships with multiple community leaders and organizations in her role leading a council office.
Gina earned her J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law prior to moving to the Cincinnati area in 1999. She has been an active community volunteer over the past 15 years, serving as trustee for her community council and on the parent board of two CPS schools. She is passionate about Cincinnati and its people and ensuring that seniors, people with disabilities, children and those who are economically disadvantaged have meaningful opportunities to contribute to the community and live joyfully.
Katie Frazier, Program Director at ChangingGears
Katie Frazier is the Program Director at ChangingGears, a Cincinnati nonprofit organization that removes transportation barriers for people who are working their way out of poverty. In her years of experience there, she has seen the importance of having access to reliable and affordable transportation options. She earned a degree in organizational leadership from Xavier University. She also serves as president of the Westwood Civic Association, her neighborhood community council.
Kreg Keesee, SORTA Board Chair
Mr. Keesee serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Michelman, Inc., an innovative supplier of sustainable specialty chemicals used in a variety of industrial applications based in Blue Ash. Kessee joined Michelman in 2016 as Chief Supply Chain Officer and assumed his current role in 2019. Prior to this role, he spent 18 years at Sun Chemical where he held leadership positions in the supply chain, information technology and graphic services. He started his career as a commercial lender with Michigan National Bank and spent eight years working in Procter & Gamble’s food and beverage division. He received his degree in economics and later a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Mr. Keesee, his wife, Shannon, and two children live in Hyde Park. He joined the SORTA Board in 2014.
Angela King, The Freestore Foodbank
Dedicated social service provider with 30 years of experience in the non-profit social service profession to include but not limited to the following expertise: proficient leadership and management of a diverse team of direct service providers; knowledgeable and competent in case management & crisis intervention, program development, improvement & management and clinical supervision; excellent collaboration with integrated teams consisting of several service lines as well as multiple community providers; proven and effective strategic leader with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects and organizational tasks with minimal supervision within a complex healthcare and social service organization; proven adept skills in improving staff and program performance to meet and exceed utilization, compliance, best practice and documentation standards.
Kelly Smith-Trondle, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Services
Ms. Smith-Trondle is currently the Director of Employment and Recovery Services at Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Services and has more than 20 years of experience in the mental health and addictions field. Ms. Smith-Trondle is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio and has spent most of her career assisting adults with severe and persistent mental illness to access the benefits and entitlements for which they are eligible and to return to the workforce and participate in their communities.
Sonja Taylor, SORTA Board of Trustees
Ms. Taylor has worked in the government and non-profit sectors for many years, most recently serving as Chief of Staff for former Hamilton County Commissioner Victoria Parks. Her work has also involved assisting families during their times of need, including women suffering from domestic violence, as well as low-income populations. Ms. Taylor previously led a youth mentoring program at the Talbert House for children of incarcerated parents and has worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. Ms. Taylor also serves on the SORTA Board of Trustees.
Erik Thomas, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency
Mr. Thomas is the manager of Career Pathways at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. He is a Cincinnati native who has been working in the non-profit arena for over 12 years. Erik is a graduate of Mt. Healthy High School as well as the University of Cincinnati. His passion for underrepresented youth and families has attached him to this work and he is driven by seeing others grow to become the best versions of themselves.
Please direct all questions or inquiries to ERM@go-metro.com