Riding the Southbank Shuttle and the ‘One for Fun’


Fountain Square, Photograph by Liz Stratton

Planning on arriving early to the conference? Traveling with others who plan to tour the city? The South Bank Shuttle and ‘One for Fun’ (Metro 1) buses make touring the city’s attractions a snap.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Photograph by Kathy Reed

The Southbank Shuttle makes stops along the riverfront in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. The shuttle (trolley) runs every 15 minutes during service hours. Pay by the ride ($1), by the day ($3.50) or get a 3-day ($10) or 5-day ($15) pass. A map of the Southbank Shuttle Trolley and attractions along the route can be found online, http://www.tankbus.org/routes-schedules/southbank-shuttle.aspx, and in your syllabus. Attractions along the route include Fountain Square, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Taft Museum of Art, The Banks and Newport on the Levee Entertainment and Dining Centers, Newport Aquarium, Carroll Chimes Bell Tower, the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, MainStrasse Village, Riverboat Row and more.

Newport Aquarium

Newport Aquarium, Photograph by Kathy Reed

Kathy Reed and I, both Cincinnati residents, recently went on a ‘photo tour’ riding the Southbank shuttle with no more advance planning than determining there was a stop near Fountain Square. Leaving our route map behind, we explored with only a rough idea of the attractions we wished to see. The bus drivers and even other passengers helped guide our way. Be certain to let the drivers know you are touring and they will not only alert you to key stops but also tell you where to pick up the shuttle to return to your original boarding location.

Carroll Tower, pied piper

Carroll Tower, depicting the tale of the Pied Piper on the Hour. Photography by Kathy Reed.

Another touring option is Cincinnati Metro Rt. 1, ‘The One for Fun.’ Stops on this bus line include the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, downtown Cincinnati, the Taft Museum of Art, The Banks, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and more! A route map can be found in the syllabus or online at www.go-metro.com/uploads/routes/RT1.pdf.

Liz Stratton, Hospitality