Cincinnati streetcar breaks ridership records

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – The Cincinnati Bell Connector is on the move, and this weekend’s Taste of Cincinnati event downtown will likely push the streetcar into record territory for the seventh consecutive month.

“We are heading into another record month for May after recording our best months of November, December, January, February, March and April,” said Matthew Hulme, acting director of streetcars. “With strong attendance for most of May, I expect the popularity of this weekend’s event near the tram line to give us another monthly record.”

Ridership for the first three weeks of the current month stood at 52,092 as of May 21. By comparison, the best May ever recorded totaled 53,116 passengers for the full month in 2017.

Daily tram ridership has averaged 1,800 passengers per day over the past year. Average daily ridership in the current month has increased to 2,400 passengers.

Over the past six months, passenger numbers have increased by 26% over all previous periods from November to April since the tramway began operations in the city center and at the OTR in 2016.

Monthly tram ridership records(Cincinnati Bell Connector)

Ridership totaled 325,590 for the six months ended April 30, compared to the system’s previous record of 258,789 for the six-month period from November to April, when the tram began operations in late 2016 until in the spring of 2017.

The tram’s highest ridership month occurred in October 2016 during its first full month of operation with 82,934 passengers. Its second-best month occurred during the downtown BLINK light festival in October 2019 with 76,752 passengers.

The trolley, which is free, will run until 9:30 p.m. Monday to accommodate Taste of Cincinnati near Fountain Square. The tram travels a 3.6 mile loop between OTR, Central Business District and The Banks.

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