Cincinnati public transportation is not exceptional, nor is it half bad.  Visitors choose between the METRO and TANK bus systems, depending on where they are coming from and going to.

METRO is under the auspices of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), which also provides a service called ACCESS for the handicapped unable to ride METRO buses.

METRO employs about a thousand people, most of them drivers and workers on the 400 or so buses operating along 79 different routes.  With millions of riders served, the METRO system operates throughout four different counties as a convenient and affordable way for citizens and tourists to get around .

And, as of Summer 2006, METRO has become environment-friendly.  METRO engines are now fueled with fifty percent biodiesel energy, a mixed source used in months with temperatures that exceed the forties, helping boost Ohio’s rather large soybean economy.

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) furnishes travelers with an alterative system geared more toward linking downtown Cincy to its southern neighbor.  TANK consists of 27 routes at a cheap fare of $1.25.

Though neither bus service runs as frequently as would be convenient, Cincinnati’s public transportation set-up is rather impressive considering its lack of train.