Cincinnati Metro “Mini” Hybrid Buses: Green Travel To Local Fun Destinations

Residents living near Cincinnati, Ohio’s entertainment destinations, may have noticed prettier, shorter buses passing by. Those colorful buses are “mini” Hybrids which operate using both diesel fuel and electrical power. The use of Hybrid technology shows Cincinnati Metro’s ongoing commitment to Green transportation. The colorful images covering the buses from top to bottom illustrate their dedication to fun.

These recent additions to the city’s growing Hybrid fleet hit the streets in December 2010. The non profit Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) purchased the new Hybrid buses with 100% funding from federal stimulus dollars. The “mini” Hybrid buses are part of Metro’s new Route #1 service that connects parks, museums and the arts with the people who enjoy them.

Route #1 “The One For Fun “

The remapped Metro Route #1 encourages local fun seekers to make the Green transportation choice of bus ridership over vehicle use. For an economical fare, a rider can take low emission Hybrid transportation to the city’s key entertainment districts. The colorful “mini” Hybrids wind a path through Downtown, Mount Adams and along the Riverfront. They make stops at 43 arts, entertainment and historic venues and other points of interest along the way.

Route #1 riders have easy access to the Museum Center, Cincinnati Art Museum, Paul Brown Stadium, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Zoo and more. They can save gas, prevent auto emissions. With no car to deal with, riders need not be concerned with traffic and parking.

The #1 bus now departs every 30 minutes. To further elevate its profile as reliable mass transportation to the city’s fun destinations, the route name has been changed. It was originally Route #1 Zoo-Museum Center. Now it’s “#1 The One For Fun.”

Hollywood Casino Sponsor of “The One for Fun”

Metro’s Route #1 Hybrid “mini” buses encourage everyone to get out, see the city and have fun. Hollywood Casino, an entertainment complex in nearby Lawrenceburg, Indiana, has stepped into a sponsorship role to help accomplish that goal. Their Metro partnership is coordinated by the local firm, Advertising Vehicles. Hollywood’s support for “The One For Fun” helped transform the buses into traveling works of art that market Cincinnati’s entertainment venues.

The “Mini” Hybrid buses are all decked out from top to bottom in flowers, butterflies, zoo wildlife and other colorful scenes. Each bus is branded, “The One For Fun.” Colorful ads market Hollywood Casino and local attractions found along the route.

Fun With Hybrid Benefits

The Green benefits of mass transit are clear. It helps get cars off the road. Reduced auto traffic lowers carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Hybrid buses take the Green benefit one step further. On board systems, including “regenerative braking,” produce electrical power and reduce reliance on diesel gas.

Each “Mini” Hybrid bus is 30 feet long. The smaller size further reduces gas consumption compared to full size Hybrid buses that average 10 feet greater in length. The overall “mini” Hybrid result is efficient transportation, less fuel usage, fewer emissions and lots of fun.