Late-night metro test ride offers drink specials, safe transit between Cincy entertainment districts

CINCINNATI -- Surge pricing on Uber got you down? Cincinnati Metro is hoping its upcoming $8 "late-night test ride" will provide another option for young professionals out on the town - at least for one night.

The evening of April 23 will mark the third year millennials can get drink specials and cheap, easy transportation between various Cincinnati neighborhoods in this collaborative effort from Metro, Cincy YP and Give Back Cincinnati.

Alongside socializing while riding the bus, participants will get special deals at popular bars and restaurants in Downtown, Over-the-Rhine, Oakley, Hyde Park, O’Bryonville, Clifton and East Walnut Hills. Visit the website here for a list of participating locations and the discounts they will offer.

Three buses will run 30-minute loops and arrive at each stop within 10 minutes. Passengers are welcome to hop on and off the bus as many times as they like. 

Participants may purchase an event pass for $8, which includes a wristband for discounts on food and drinks at the participating locations. Groups of four may purchase passes and wristbands at the group rate of $25.

Passes may be purchased at any of the stops along the route or online here. The event starts at 8 p.m. April 23 and lasts until 2 a.m.

Riders may not drink on the bus as that is a violation of open container laws. Visit the Metro website here for a list of participating 

READ MORE about how Metro is trying to attract younger riders.

“Cincinnati’s YP leaders truly get how important public transit is to our community, and their commitment to encouraging their peers to use Metro is inspiring,” said Metro’s Outreach and Sustainability Manager Kim Lahman. “The ‘Late Night Test Ride’ provides us with a safe, fun and adventurous way of introducing young professionals to Metro’s service, while allowing them to get to know our community and one another better.”

Last year’s entertainment bus event saw more than 400 passenger trips taken. Participants this year will again have the opportunity to learn tips to plan their trip including how to read a schedule, catch a bus and use Metro’s real-time apps.

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