Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), providing 17 million rides per year on Metro fixed-route and Access paratransit buses in the Greater Cincinnati area. Metro brings approximately 20 percent of downtown Cincinnati’s workforce into the city.
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Metro is No. 1.
The University of Cincinnati Economics Center has concluded, for two consecutive years, that Metro is No. 1 in operational efficiency out of the transit systems in Cincinnati’s 11 peer cities, as deemed by Agenda 360 and Vision 2015. It’s also No. 1 in operational efficiency out of the five bus-only cities from this same set. In addition, Metro receives among the lowest amount of state and local funding per capita among the transit services in peer and bus-only cities, demonstrating that, in spite of limited funding, Metro provides a well-run and efficient service.
A Partnership That Makes Sense
Metro is a proud member of DCI. As the transportation provider for 20 percent of downtown’s workforce, it is important for Metro that the metropolitan region is dynamic and thriving, which is DCI’s mission. This is important to the livelihood of riders, their employers and the community at large. A successful downtown benefits public transportation, and robust public transportation benefits the city core.
The Green Route
Going Metro means going green. An individual who rides Metro instead of driving a car will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4,800 pounds each year. In addition to decreasing harmful pollutants in the air and cutting traffic congestion, Metro goes even greener by:
- Using rainwater to wash buses
- Burning waste oil to heat garages
- Recycling and reusing motor fluids such as antifreeze, refrigerant and power steering fluid
- Recycling paper, plastic and cans
Metro has 27 hybrid buses and 115 mini-hybrids in its 357-bus fleet, and each one saves about 30 percent in fuel use over the 12-year lifespan of a bus and significantly reduces emissions. This results in improved air quality in Greater Cincinnati and reduced dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels.
But, there is always room for improvement. Going forward, Metro is setting higher sustainability goals and will be taking aggressive steps to become an even greener organization.
Improving Access to Jobs
Public transportation is a key factor to the Cincinnati region’s continued growth. The easier residents can connect to school, medical care, entertainment, and especially jobs, the healthier the region becomes. Indeed, of the 17 million rides Metro provideseach year, more than half are related to employment.
Metro is doing further analysis to refine its go*Forward plan to ensure, among other improvements, that it will better connect riders to employment. By increasing service to Uptown, Cincinnati’s second-largest employment center, with the opening of the Uptown Transit District, and increased service to other major employment centers along the Montgomery Road corridor – including downtown – with Metro*Plus, Metro is already well on its way to connecting more Cincinnati residents to jobs.
To learn more about Metro, visit www.go-metro.com.