High School Transportation
Update: August 23, 2021
Update: August 20, 2021
Update: August 11, 2021
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Update: August 10, 2021
SORTA and CPS board representatives and top executives met today to discuss the next steps for high school transportation. Due to a bus driver shortage, XTRA routes will not be restored prior to the start of school. However, both organizations are committed to student safety. As a result, a working group will be pulled together to conduct a school-by-school review and consider adjustments that may need to be made before August 19.
At a public meeting on July 27, 2021, SORTA announced the elimination of XTRA routes for Cincinnati high school students due to a bus driver shortage. This would include approximately 6,000 Cincinnati Public School 7th-12th graders. XTRA routes have been in place for decades and supplement regular Metro service routes to facilitate the safe and efficient transportation of students to and from school. CPS spends approximately $8 million per year with Metro for the passes that are distributed to Cincinnati students.
CPS is deeply concerned about the negative consequences this proposed change will have on Cincinnati students and families who rely on Metro for transportation to and from school.
Interim Superintendent Tianay Amat said, "CPS does not believe that elimination of XTRA routes is an acceptable resolution to SORTA's bus driver shortage. Elimination of the XTRA routes may resolve an operating challenge for SORTA, but it does so at the expense of Cincinnati's students and families and without due consideration of the true impact on their daily lives."
- Read CPS Media Statement Regarding the Elimination of XTRA Routes for CPS Students
- Read CPS' Letter to SORTA
- Read our Letter to High School Families Regarding this Announcement
We will continue to update this page when new information is received.
How can you get involved?
Call Metro's Customer Care Center: (513) 632-7575
Online: Complete the survey at go-metro.com/service-improvements
Fax: (513) 632-9202
Mail: SORTA Public Meeting Comments, 525 Vine Street, Suite 500, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 632-7575 (Metro Customer Care Center)
We encourage our families to reach out to SORTA directly. You can also contact your members of Cincinnati City Council and Hamilton County Commissioners.