Cincinnati Public Schools has a long-standing relationship with the Metro bus public-transportation system, a division of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA). Metro bus service is provided free to eligible students in grades 7-12 high schools.
To find out if bad weather is slowing Metro buses, call the Metro Detour Hot Line: (513) 632-7538
Metro bus service is provided free for students in grades 7-12 using the CPS Smart Card bus pass (introduced in 2012-13) on regularly scheduled routes, as well as XTRA Metro routes that operate only on school days and are designed to be convenient for students' school arrival and departure times. These XTRA Route buses also stop at all public Metro stops, indicated by Metro signs, along their routes.
Students riding the Metro XTRA and regular routes may catch the bus at any designated Metro bus stop. Copies of the XTRA service routes are available to students at the schools and on Metro's website, which also has information about Metro regular bus routes.
Requesting Metro Passes for Young Children
Parents may request permission for a child younger than 7th grade to receive a Metro bus pass so the child can ride a Metro bus to school with an older sibling. Fill out the waiver form below.
Metro Bus Transportation Waiver form 2019-20 (to allow a child to ride Metro Bus with older sibling)
Metro Bus service for Cincinnati Public Schools' students, and students in the district's non-public and charter schools, begins on the first day of school. Students will receive a postcard in the mail prior to the first day of school that will allow them a free ride to school on the first day.
If student enrollment data is correct at the schools, students will receive new Metro Smart Card passes at school in time for the ride home on the first day. Smart Card passes can be picked up and signed for only by the student at the student's school. These Smart Card passes are to be used to and from school only.
If a student forgets his/her Metro Smart Card pass, or has used the two rides per day allowed, payment of a regular bus fare is required upon boarding the bus.
Some students who ride Metro buses to and from school may have to transfer buses to reach their destination. Students do not pay for transfers. When a student gets on the next bus, the student again taps the Smart Card pass on the fare box's target area.