New buses equipped with customer focused amenities such as charging ports and reclining seats.CINCINNATI – Metro riders will notice major upgrades on several express routes with the addition of 22 new commuter-style buses that will go into service on Monday, Dec. 5. The new buses will serve the following long-distance express routes: 42X West Chester, 52X Harrison, 71X Kings Island, and 82X Eastgate. Enhanced customer amenities include: •More comfortable, high-back reclining seats •Charging ports and outlets for laptops and phones •More expansive windows“The new commuter buses are part of our efforts to reinvent Metro and attract new riders to our service, while continuing to find new ways to provide the ultimate customer experience,” said Metro CEO Dwight A. Ferrell. “When we polled our customers earlier this year, more comfortable seating and charging stations were at the top of their list and we’re happy to be able to provide them with the type of amenities that make using public transit both convenient and comfortable.” Each bus costs $475,128 and were purchased with both federal and local funds. The 22 new buses will replace existing buses in Metro’s fleet that are past their 12 year and 500,000 miles of service minimum life expectancy. In the future, Metro plans to add small vehicles on routes that don’t require a full-size bus. Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 16 million rides per year.

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