Celebrate Cincinnati Bell Connector's grand opening with free rides, festivities


If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival and operation of the new streetcar, your wait is almost over.
 
To celebrate the grand opening of the Cincinnati Bell Connector, you can ride if for free this weekend, Sept. 9-11, beginning at noon on Friday.
 
According to Brandy Jones, external affairs manager for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, the opening of the streetcar signifies a great day, showcasing the ways that Greater Cincinnati transportation continues to evolve.
 
“With the addition of the Cincinnati Bell Connector, Cincinnati is now a truly multi-modal city,” Jones says. “By being able to offer our residents a variety of options as to how they get around, rather by streetcar, bus or bike sharing, Cincinnati is becoming a more attractive place to live, work and play.”
 
And you’ll not only have the opportunity to “get around” this weekend, but you’ll get to experience some of the ways that Cincinnatians “play,” as a variety of festivities will be happening around the city in conjunction with the streetcar’s debut.
 
“With popup arts performances, free rides on Carol Ann's Carousel and a streetcar history exhibit at the public library, in addition to more than 100 businesses, restaurants and hotels offering specials and discounts, there will be something to do for the entire family,” Jones says. “It will be a great opportunity to rediscover the area and experience all there is to see, do and even taste along the route.”
 
The Cincinnati Bell Connector will provide free rides during its hours of operation, from noon to 1 a.m. on Sept. 9; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sept. 10; and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Do Good: 

•    Check out a complete listing of this weekend's activities occurring along the streetcar route. 

•    Mark your calendars, and plan a free ride on the Cincinnati Bell Connector this weekend. 

•    Questions regarding the streetcar? Contact SORTA.
 

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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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