Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), providing about 16 million rides per year in the Greater Cincinnati area. Find answers to commonly asked questions on Metro’s FAQs.

SORTA Vision:

A regional system connecting our community with 20 million rides by 2021.

SORTA Mission:

Regional transportation connecting people and places, driving economic growth and expanding quality of life choices.  

Metro is Southwest Ohio's fixed-route bus service. Metro brings approximately 20% of downtown Cincinnati's workforce into the city. Metro service operates 365 days a year and serves Hamilton County residents, as well as providing commuter routes from Clermont, Warren and Butler counties into Cincinnati. 

Metro operates from approximately 4 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. each and every day, out of two operating garages (Bond Hill and Queensgate).

Service background
  • Metro has approximately 837 employees, most of which are bus drivers and mechanics.
  • Metro operates 348 buses that drive about 11 million miles per year.  Metro also owns 44 Access paratransit vehicles.
  • Metro offers 26 local-service routes, 19 express routes and 5 Job Connection reverse-commute routes.
  • Metro provides about 7,000 rides per day to Cincinnati Public School and parochial school junior and senior high school students on school days.
2015 Budget
Federal   $ 10.2 million
State $ 1.8 million
Local, City earnings tax* $ 48 million
Fares** $ 22.4 million
Other local (contract service) $ 10.0 million
Non-transportation revenue*** $ 1.3 million
TOTAL REVENUES $ 93.7 million
* Local tax funding is provided by 3/10th of 1% of the earnings tax collected by the City of Cincinnati.  The earnings tax is paid by everyone who works or lives in the city. 
** Includes Metro and Access fares
*** Includes primarily advertising revenue and investment income
Personnel/fringes* $ 64.8 million
Fuel/lubricants $ 9.7 million
Access contract $ 5.6 million
Parts/tires/supplies $ 5.8 million
Outsourced services** $ 3.7 million
Other misc. expenses*** $ 2.4 million
Utilities $ 1.7 million
TOTAL EXPENSES $ 93.7 million
All personnel-related expenses:  compensation, payroll taxes, mandatory pension contributions, health insurance and other fringe benefits 
** Facilities and vehicle maintenance and repair service; legal, banking, and other professional services; and software license fees 
*** Leases, taxes, insurance, claims, communications, and other miscellaneous expenses

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

We are very proud that the Governmental Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has again awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to SORTA for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, representing the 25th consecutive year the Authority has received this award. The Certificate of Achievement is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance to the highest standards for preparation of state and local government financial reports. In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government unit must publish an easily-readable and efficiently-organized comprehensive annual financial report, whose contents conform to stringent program standards. The CAFR must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements. A Certificate of Achievement is valid for a period of one year only. We believe our current report continues to conform to the program requirements, and we have submitted it to GFOA to determine its eligibility for another certificate.

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