CINCINNATI - A wintry mix of ice and snow can mean a dangerous commute for Tri-State motorists.
And that's why some prefer to ditch their cars and hop aboard a Metro bus.
It's big, warm and most importantly, it has tire traction that can keep you safer on icy roads.
The street banner says "I go Metro because it's simple and safe." That's a quote that Metro bus rider Andrea Ponder agrees with. She takes the bus when snow and ice coat Tri-State roads.
"As long as the streets are good, I don't mind driving but it seems like the bigger vehicles, the buses, the 18-wheelers, they move out in this and I think maybe it's the weight that gives it better traction or something," Ponder said.
Traction is critical for any vehicle navigating in a wintry mix, especially ice.
Metro bus operators tell 9 On Your Side that experience is just as important.
"[We] watch [our] following and stopping distance and utilize the gears on the bus… We have lower gears on the bus [and] utilize them," JoDawna McCreary, former Metro bus driver said.
Metro bus riders weary of dangerous and slippery roads depend on the buses to get them from point A to B.
Jill Dunne, Metro public affairs manager, says they see a spike in ridership in the colder winter months.
"We definitely see that some people prefer to let Metro do the driving for them, so they don't have to worry about fighting the roads when there's a little snow, a little ice," Dunne said. "Our drivers have the experience and they can get you where you need to go more easily than yourself."
For around $2 and a warm seat, it just may be a winter ride that won't freeze up.
The folks at Metro say a full bus is the equivalent of taking 60 cars off the road.
For more information on Metro, and a map of their routes, go to http://www.go-metro.com/ .
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