Cincinnati Metro To Celebrate ‘Ohio Loves Transit Week’

In 2023, Metro reported a 32% increase in ridership from the previous year. (Photo courtesy of Metro)

In celebration of “Ohio Loves Transit Week” from February 11-17, Cincinnati Metro will participate alongside the Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) and transit networks statewide to highlight the impact transit plays in the daily lives of their riders.

“Ohio’s transit systems provide over 59 million trips each year — with Metro contributing 13.1 million rides to that total,” according to a press release. “In the Cincinnati region and beyond, this ability to provide accessible transportation plays a vital role in the economy. With statistics indicating that each $1 invested in transit yielding a $4 economic return, investing in transit strengthens every segment of Ohio. Businesses, communities, individuals, and families — everyone benefits from public transportation, an essential service that enhances economic development, ensures sustainable lifestyles and a higher quality of life.”

“In 2023, Metro saw a 32% increase in ridership from the previous year and is one of the few systems nationwide to exceed 100% of pre-pandemic ridership,” Darryl Haley, CEO and General Manager of Metro, said. “Compared to a national return average of 75%, the Cincinnati region has absolutely embraced transit and wants to continue to see it grow and support the daily lives of area residents.”

To thank existing riders and encourage new riders to give Metro a try, Metro will hand out a limited number of free ride tickets throughout the day on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Government Square, the Northside Transit Center, and the Glenway Crossing Transit Center.

Riders of Metro are also encouraged to share on social media how public transit impacts their lives using the hashtag #OhioLovesTransit. Learn more at

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