Metro 40th Anniversary Celebrations Recognized Employees, Community and Partners
Metro celebrated to a disco beat as it hosted several events to commemorate its 40th anniversary as Greater Cincinnati’s public transit system.CINCINNATI – Metro celebrated to a disco beat as it hosted several events to commemorate its 40th anniversary as Greater Cincinnati’s public transit system. In addition to events for employees, Metro hosted a community-wide celebration on Aug. 15 and a partner luncheon on Aug. 16.Cincinnatians Captain Rex and Anita Settlemoir, who met on Metro 38 years ago, renewed their vows with Metro Operator Orlando King. Community Celebration Metro’s free event for the public in downtown Cincinnati’s Fountain Square featured an historic bus, prizes, music from 1973 and a vow renewal ceremony to celebrate a couple who met on Metro’s Rt. 21 in 1975. The couple, Captain Rex and Anita Settlemoir, rode to the event on a new Metro*Plus bus and Metro Operator Orlando King led the ceremony.Platinum level sponsors at Metro’s 40th Anniversary Luncheon included MV Transportation’s Kevin Klika, shown with Metro’s CEO Terry Garcia Crews, Gillig’s Jim Ryan and SPX Genfare’s Kim Green. Anniversary Luncheon Metro hosted an Anniversary Luncheon on Aug. 16 at the Westin Cincinnati Hotel. With many sponsors, including major Platinum Level Sponsors MV Transportation, SPX Genfare and Gillig, the event recognized community partners with awards and provided a chance to look back at the past and recognize the exciting future ahead for Metro. Metro received extensive media coverage for its anniversary. Highlights from the events can be found at http://www.go-metro.com/40th-Anniversary. Metro also kicked off exciting new service improvements: Metro*Plus: On Monday, Aug. 19, new, limited-stop Metro*Plus service began connecting the Montgomery Road corridor from Kenwood to Xavier with Uptown, downtown and The Banks. Metro*Plus service operates every 15 minutes on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every 30 minutes from 6-10 p.m. More westside service: More routes began serving Metro’s Glenway Crossing Transit Center including service to the new Mercy Health West Hospital that opens this fall and all-day service to Price Hill. More crosstown service: Metro also added new crosstown options connecting Western Hills to Uptown, Hyde Park and Oakley and more service on busy routes. Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati. # # #
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