Cincy YP and Metro team up to promote public transit to the bar crowd

For the third straight year, Metro and Cincy YP, a Give Back Cincinnati programs aimed specifically at young professionals, have partnered to promote public transportation in a fun and engaging way.
The Late Night Test Ride is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 and will run a route through a multitude of Cincinnati neighborhoods that YPs frequent. Over-the-Rhine, the Central Business District, East Walnut Hills, Clifton (near UC’s main campus), Oakley, Hyde Park and O’Bryonville are among the stopping points, while more than 17 popular venues like Hang Over Easy and Below Zero Lounge will offer riders food and drink specials.
“Transportation is so important among the millennial generation,” says Kaitlyn Kappesser, Cincy YP Events Director and Metro liaison. “We're the generation that doesn't want to be dependent on cars, but we also like to be social late at night. This is where Metro creating a late night route comes into play — we get the best of both worlds.”
The Metro will run 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Participants can take unlimited rides for as little as $5, and event passes that include unlimited rides in addition to drink specials at participating venues are available for $8. 
“Cincinnati’s YP leaders truly get how important public transit is to our community, and their commitment to encouraging their peers to use Metro is inspiring,” says Kim Lahman, Metro’s Outreach and Sustainability Manager. “The Late Night Test Ride provides us with a safe, fun and adventurous way of introducing young professionals to Metro’s service, while allowing them to get to know our community and one another better.”

Do Good: 

• Purchase your $8 event pass, which includes unlimited rides and drink specials the night of April 23, here

• Volunteers are needed to staff designated stops along the route from 8-10 p.m. Sign up here. Once your shift is finished, you can join the fun for free.

• Learn more about Cincy YP by connecting on Facebook.

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Brittany York is a freelance writer, adjunct English composition instructor and server at Orchids at Palm Court. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.
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