All is fare in love: Bridgetown couple renews vows 37 years later on Metro

CINCINNATI -- You never know what can happen on a Metro bus.

For a Bridgetown couple 37 years ago, it was meeting the love of their life.

Metro treated attendees to a vow renewal of Captain Rex and Anita Settlemoir Thursday. The two met on Metro's Rt. 21 in 1975.

For the ceremony, the husband and wife paid their fares and Metro operator Orlando King brought them to Fountain Square on a new Metro Plus bus.

"We both worked in the downtown area in the mid 1970's and because of parking, it was very convenient to ride the Metro,” said Anita. “Over time, we struck up quite a friendship that turned into a 37-year marriage."

Love blossomed quickly on Rt. 21 from Westwood -- at least for Rex.

"I started talking because she was the prettiest girl on the bus," he said.

After exiting the bus Thursday, the two walked down Fountain Square and petals were strewn. King then led a vow ceremony.

And instead of cake, Rex -- a retired navy captain -- cut a cupcake.

The celebration was part of Metro's 40th anniversary.

Greater Cincinnati’s public transit system began operation in 1973.

“We’re celebrating 40 years of connecting people and places, supporting economic development and improving the quality of life in Greater Cincinnati,” said Metro’s CEO & General Manager Terry Garcia Crews. “We want to thank our community for supporting Metro for the past four decades.”

The celebration ran from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and featured music from 1973 from WGRR-FM, prizes and special appearances from Metro’s community partners.

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