School XTRA Services
Updated August 2020 for 2020/2021 School Year
Metro's XTRA Service is a network of bus routes traveling between neighborhoods throughout Cincinnati and various public and private secondary schools. XTRA Service is designed to prevent overcrowding on regular Metro routes and operates only on school days.
XTRA Service riders may catch the bus at any designated Metro bus stop, and XTRA Service is open to the public. All regular Metro fares and zone charges apply.
Students in Cincinnati Public Schools may be eligible for XTRA Service Smart Cards. XTRA Service Smart Cards are issued by local schools, with eligibility determined by CPS Pupil Transportation.
Find your XTRA route:
Four-digit route numbers are assigned to all XTRA Service routes. Route numbers are designed to give you clues on where the bus is traveling. The first two digits of the four digit route number indicate the main school served by the route. The third digit provides a general indication of the area served by the route and the final digit is the trip number if there are multiple routes traveling between the same school and area. For more information on numbering, click here.
Every trip has a unique route number! Look for your specific route number on the front, side or back of the bus to see if it's your route, just like with regular Metro service!
Real-time bus tracking apps and Google Transit data are now available on XTRA Service! XTRA Service riders are now able to track their bus using the Transit app on their smartphone. Transit's real-time information allows you to see where your bus is and how long it will be before it arrives. XTRA Service is also now included on Google Transit, allowing riders to plan their trips using regular and XTRA service on Google Maps. For more information on real-time apps, click here.
For more information, read the CPS Metro Information page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please provide the following information in your email:
- Student Name
- Home Address
- Nearest Cross Street
- Contact Name and Phone #
Having complete information allows for a quicker response.
Full XTRA Service Route Descriptions
Print out this Kids Ride Safe card for students.