Cincinnati Metro Goes Fare-Free Next Week as Gas Prices Climb

Metro says the move is "to help ease gas-pump sticker-shock as more people return to work in person."

Metro will offer fare-free rides March 20-26. - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Metro will offer fare-free rides March 20-26.

According to automotive organization AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in America on March 14 was $4.32. And AAA reports that 59% of Americans surveyed about the rising cost said they "would make changes to their driving habits or lifestyle if the cost of gas rose to $4 per gallon."

To offer drivers some limited relief and encourage them to utilize buses as a transportation alternative, Cincinnati Metro is providing fare-free rides next week. Typically, fares within Hamilton County starts at $2.

All Metro and Access bus routes will be free March 20 through March 26 "to help ease gas-pump sticker-shock as more people return to work in person" as well as to say thanks to loyal riders, says a release.

“Long before the pandemic and current fuel-price challenges, Metro has always been there as an alternative to the costs and stresses of relying on a car,” says Metro CEO and General Manager Darryl Haley in a release.

Metro employees will be stationed at Government Square downtown and the Northside Transit Center to offer riding assistance and information during the fare-free week.

Visit or use Metro's app to learn more about routes and schedules. 

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