New figures show the UC community is taking the bus and easing the traffic crunch in the Uptown – a result of a partnership launched in the spring. Metro reports that the UC/Metro partnership that provides free rides for the UC community has resulted in more than 100,000 rides for UC faculty, staff and students since the service first got underway on April 30. During the weekdays, nearly 2,000 UC riders per day are riding the bus, according to Metro.
During the hot summer months that can trigger heat and pollution alerts, the partnership is also allowing UC riders to become friendlier to the environment. Metro busses in the Uptown run on biodiesel made from Ohio soybeans which burns cleaner than conventional diesel fuel. Metro adds that each person who opts to ride the bus instead of driving the car to work conserves more than 200 gallons of gas per year, so as gas prices soar to more than three dollars a gallon, that’s a savings of over $600.
UC Student Body President James Radley says Student Government is spreading the word about the service to incoming freshmen at Bearcat Bound Orientation. “We’re adding posters, fliers and other promotions about the partnership to our Student Spotlight display at Orientation, and we also met with the 30 Student Orientation Leaders (SOLs) so that they can help us promote the program to our new students,” Radley says.
Special Metro services to Riverfest, Oktoberfest and Bengals games are not included in the partnership. For information on Metro routes and bus schedules, call Metro at 513-621-4455, weekdays from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; or check www.go-metro.com
Metro routes serving UC’s Uptown campus and the Uptown: