Metro Receives $12 Million in Grants for New Buses and Transit Center

Metro is now $12 million closer to bringing its Reinventing Metro plan to fruition.

Metro will use the grant money to continue progress on its Reinventing Metro plan. - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Metro will use the grant money to continue progress on its Reinventing Metro plan.

Metro is now $12 million closer to bringing its Reinventing Metro plan to fruition. 

Greater Cincinnati's bus service has received the sum in federal grants from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments. 

The $12 million includes $6 million to be used for new buses and $3.5 million to build a new transit center in North College Hill.

The remaining $2.5 million will be used for other modernization projects including (per Metro):

  • Fleet communications upgrades, including WiFi on all fixed-route buses
  • Developing an organization-wide zero-emissions strategy
  • Replacement batteries for 12 hybrid electric-diesel buses
  • Automatic passenger counters, to better optimize service to match riders' needs

“These grants will support Metro’s ongoing efforts to reinvent what public transit looks like in Hamilton County and across the region,” said Metro CEO and General Manager Darryl Haley in a release. “While voters boosted Metro’s ability to enhance our bus service by passing Issue 7 last year, we still rely on grants like these to continue upgrading our fleet and facilities. We are thankful to the Ohio Department of Transportation and OKI for their continued support.”

The Reinventing Metro plan aims to improve the region's economic development and desirability through transportation improvements like increased frequency, expanded service hours, new routes and enhanced customer amenities.

Phase one was rolled out in May when Metro added around-the-clock bus service on multiple routes.

For more about Metro, visit go-metro.com.


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