CINCINNATI -- After Friday's opening fanfare and a free weekend of rides, the Cincinnati Bell Connector will start charging its riders when it opens for regular service at 6:30 a.m. Monday.
"There's been thousands and thousands and thousands of riders who have come down every day this weekend and taken advantage of the free rides and all the activities happening along the route," said Brandy Jones, external affairs manager for the Cincinnati Metro.
Jones says the streetcars were packed this weekend, and she hopes that's a sign of things to come. Riders told WCPO that the ride was pretty smooth, moved at a good pace and was convenient for those moving between Over-the-Rhine, Downtown and The Banks. This is all despite a bomb threat that shut down service briefly Saturday evening.
Riders can pay with cash or credit card at any of the 18 stops or use the Cincy EZRide app to pay from their smartphones. The streetcar costs $1 for a two-hour pass or $2 for a day pass.
Official numbers for how many people rode for free during the streetcar's opening weekend will also be released Monday.