Metro offers free rides despite high gas prices

CINCINNATI — Metro is giving drivers a much-needed break from the pump as gas prices hover around $4.09 a gallon in the Cincinnati area.

All routes will run for free from Sunday, March 20 through Saturday, March 26, as the city’s bus service thanks returning customers and welcomes new passengers.

“Long before the pandemic and the current fuel price challenges, Metro has always been there as an alternative to the costs and stress of car addiction,” CEO and Managing Director Darryl Haley said in a press release. . “While other systems across the country have faced the difficult decision to cut service throughout the pandemic, we’ve actually added service, and now our customers can get more places in their community than never before.”

Metro employees will also be available at Government Square and the Northside Transit Center throughout the week to provide assistance to new customers.

These are the highest gasoline prices since the summer of 2008. Unleaded gasoline was $4.17 a gallon during the financial crisis, but prices fell back below $3 within months .

The jump to over $4 may seem even higher to drivers accustomed to low prices brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, gasoline prices in Cincinnati fell to $2.32. They fell below $2 over the next two months as more people worked from home.

You can see a map of Cincinnati’s current gas prices on WCPO’s Interactive Gas Map here. Use the zoom feature to see prices near you.

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