Fare Changes Coming to Cincinnati Metro Beginning April 4

The new, mostly reduced charges will simplify Metro's current complicated zone-based fare system.

Mar 11, 2021 at 10:06 am
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Cincinnati Metro

Changes are coming to Cincinnati Metro in April that could save some riders some dough while making others pay slightly more than they are now.

Metro’s fare simplification plan goes into effect April 4 and will streamline the current zone-based fare structure, Metro officials say in email updates.

The current fare structure is based on six zones of different fares, depending on where you’re traveling to or from. Fare zones begin within the Cincinnati city limits and spread outward into the suburbs. There are different fares outside of Hamilton County, as well.

Under Metro’s new plan, zones will be eliminated, and fares will be simplified into three tiers:

  • $2.00 for all local routes that operate inside of Hamilton County
  • $2.65 for all express commuter routes within Hamilton County
  • $3.75 for all express commuter routes in Warren, Butler, and Clermont counties

Within the city and Butler County, riders will pay $0.25 more per ticket than they do currently, while those in Warren County will pay $0.50 less and Hamilton County commuters will pay $0.65 less.

In addition, a local-service day pass — good for unlimited rides throughout the day — will be $4, down from $4.50. A day pass for express service will be $5.30 in Hamilton County and $7.50 in suburban counties.

Metro also will re-designate a number of routes from express to commuter service for a $2.00 one-way fare.

These changes and others are part of Metro’s “Reinventing Metro” plan, which aims to incorporate faster service, increased frequency and other improvements for riders. Read more about the fare changes, or learn about Metro’s overall plan.