CINCINNATI — Bus riders will soon be able to plan, pay and track their routes from their smartphones in a new app.
Riders can also purchase a new day pass, which allows them to ride between TANK and Metro.
The new EZFare feature in Transit App, which rolls out Oct. 23, will serve Metro, Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) and Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA) riders.
The new app allows riders to:
- Plan their trip across three transit systems
- Pay their fare using their smartphone – no need for exact change
- Purchase tickets and store them for future use
- Track their bus in real-time
- Purchase the new $5 Metro/TANK day pass, which allows for unlimited rides all day across both transit systems
The Transit App is free and available on Apple and Android smartphones. The new app will replace Metro’s existing Cincy EZRide App, which will stop selling Metro tickets on Oct. 23. Riders with tickets in their Cincy EZRide wallets after Oct. 23 will have until June 30, 2020 to use those tickets.
TANK General Manager Andrew Aiello said the app offers something customers have been asking for: A Metro/TANK day pass.
“With the launch of the regional app, we’ve also launched a new pass to make regional travel between TANK and Metro easier and more affordable,” Aiello said in a statement. “A $5 Metro/TANK Day pass is now available on the app, valid for travel on any TANK route and within Metro Zone 1.”
Metro, TANK and BCRTA will host an app launch celebration on Oct. 23 on Government Square. App demonstrations, giveaways, prizes and free food for customers will be available between 6:30-8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Customers who download the Transit App and purchase a pass of any amount between Oct. 23-25 will receive a free $5 Metro/TANK Day Pass in their app wallet.