Retro Metro.

While I was waiting at Government Square for my Cincinnati Metro Rt17 bus, I saw one of the two super rad Retro Metro buses!

Back on Monday, Cincinnati Metro launched two “Retro Metro” buses that will be circulating throughout the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority’s bus system to celebrate four decades of Metro service. The buses sport throwback Metro branding from 1986 and a throwback cheap fare to match, just 65 cents!

It’s pretty awesome that I’ve already got the chance to see one of these retro branded Metro buses! #ILoveCincinnatiMetro 😀🚌❤️

Metro+Transit.

Cincinnati Metro has moved to the Transit app with EZ Fare

The Transit app with EZ Fare gives Cincinnati riders a single, seamless way to pay for almost all of our rides. You can now buy and store passes for Metro, NKY’s Tank, Butler County RTA and the streetcar CB Connector all in one place. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer a way to pay for the $30 Regional Stored-Value Cards that I like to use. I’ll still have to purchase those at one of the streetcar stations. But it’s still nice to have a couple of Metro passes and CB Connector passes stored in the transit app just in case of emergency. It’s pretty cool really.

Speaking of pretty cool, look at how tall the building is getting across the street from where I used to work…

And I accidentally snapped this photo on the bus, but I kinda like it…

I like riding the bus. 😀🚌🚧❤️

Constructing Cincinnati.

The building across the street from where I used to work is getting so tall

That building is going up in a hurry. 😀🚧❤️

Woodburn + Che empanadas.

This evening I rode the Metro 11 bus from downtown to East Walnut Hills…

I met Genifer at Woodburn Brewery for a beer and some Che empanadas

I really like Woodburn’s beers and Che’s empanadas. I like them a lot. 😀🚌🍺🥟❤️

Brink Brewing’s 2nd anniversary.

This afternoon we hopped on the Metro 17 bus to head up into College Hill…

It was Brink Brewing‘s 2nd-anniversary party

It was pretty busy. A lot of people must like Brink as much as we do…

They had a lot of great beers on tap for their birthday party. We had Mint Oreo Moozie Milk Stout and Business Meeting Oatmeal Stout with raspberry and vanilla…

And we had some lunch from Stellar Street Eats

And there was even some birthday cake!

Happy birthday, Brink! Thanks for 2 great years and here’s to many more to come!
😀🍺🎂❤️

It’s a sign.

They’ve just made the right lane on Main Street downtown a Bus Only lane during the morning and evening rush hours. Here’s the brand new Bus Only sign at the stop where I wait for the Metro 17 bus on Main Street between Eighth and Ninth Streets…

Officials said about 635 Metro buses travel on Main Street between Fifth and Central each weekday. Of those, 90 use the far-right lane to pick up passengers at stops along Main during afternoon rush hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This lane is the first of its kind in Cincinnati.

It’s nice to see the buses getting some preferential treatment for a change. 😀🚌❤️

Taken with Instagram.

I took this photo on the way home from work looking out the window of Metro Rt.17 bus as it crosses over Mill Creek into Northside…

The dots were caused by the wrapped graphics around the outside of the bus. I thought it made everything look pretty neat. Taken with Instagram. 😀🚌⚫️🌆❤️

One year ago…

I rode the Metro 17 bus into work downtown for the very first time

Cincinnati Metro has made it so easy to get to and from work every day over the last year. Thanks, TimehopTaken with Instagram. 😀🚌

Commemorative Streetcar Tokens.

The Cincinnati Streetcar‘s grand opening weekend is set for September 9th through 11th. This afternnon, I picked up a couple of the super-special, limited-edition 2016 Commemorative Streetcar Tokens from The Bus Stop in the Mercantile Center…

The tokens are good for unlimited rides for the first week of revenue service. But I think these tokens will be staying in their packaging. These are going to be great souvenirs of the dawn of the Cincinnati Streetcar era. 🙂

The Bus Stop.

I made my way over to the arcade in Mercantile Center this afternoon…

I was going to The Bus Stop. My 30-day rolling pass expires on Sunday. So I needed to get a new pass…

This month I’m going to try Stored-Value Cards instead of the 30-day rolling pass since Genifer and I have been riding to work together a few times a week. She drops me off downtown and then continues on her way to Covington and beyond…

I love riding the bus. 🙂