Cincinnati Metro to Offer Free Rides on 10 Weekends Through Labor Day

The Cincinnati Metro is again offering free rides every Saturday and Sunday between July 2 and Sept. 4 as part of their "Dump the Pump Summer Weekends" program.

Metro will offer fare-free rides July 2-Sept. 4. - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Metro will offer fare-free rides July 2-Sept. 4.

Gas prices, much like seasonal temperatures, are higher than ever. In a goodwill gesture to lessen the financial burden Cincinnatians face at the pumps, the Cincinnati Metro is again offering free rides every Saturday and Sunday between July 2 and Sept. 4 as part of their "Dump the Pump Summer Weekends" program.

“We saw such a positive response to our fare-free week in the spring following the initial spike in gas prices,” said Darryl Haley, Metro’s CEO and general manager in a press release. “As those costs continue to rise into summer, we want to make sure everyone knows Metro is not only a cost-effective way to connect to their destinations, but, with our recent service improvements, it’s now more convenient than ever.” 

Those new improvements include a bevy of routes seeing increased hours of operation, including 24-hour service on seven routes along with two new crosstown routes, making it much easier to navigate the county using Metro — especially if you’re hoping for more late night access to Over-the-Rhine and other entertainment districts. The bus fleet’s newer models have wi-fi and electronic device charging ports, free to all passengers. 

Overall, the program can save each rider $80 this summer if you were to buy a $4 day pass or two $2 rides every Saturday and Sunday between July 2 and Sept. 4. 

Metro’s Transit app is free to download on iOS and Android devices, allowing you to digitally plan your route, pay your fare and track your bus in real-time. For more information about Metro and its summer programs, including their “Staycation” social media giveaway, visit go-metro.com.


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