How to Ride

Reading A Bus Schedule

  1. Find the schedule that will get you where you want to go. Decide if you will be traveling "Inbound" (toward Cincinnati) or "Outbound" (away from Cincinnati.)
  2. Find the location at the top of the schedule closest to where you will catch the bus.
  3. Read down the list of times under this location to see what time the bus will be at your stop.
  4. Read across to the timepoint closest to where you want to go. The time listed in that column tells you what time you'll arrive at your destination.
  5. If you need to get somewhere at a specific time (like work or an appointment) do just the opposite. Look for the time you'd like to arrive under the location closest to where you're going. Then read back to the timepoint closest to where you're coming from to find out when you should catch the bus. It is sometimes necessary to transfer to complete your trip. (See Transferring.)

TANK Bus Stops

For safety reasons and efficiency, TANK buses stop only at designated bus stops. Bus stops are marked by a yellow sign with a TANK logo. TANK stops are found about every two blocks along a given route. When you see the bus coming, stand near the bus stop sign with your $1.50 fare in hand, so the approaching operator knows that you want the bus. Each TANK route has a number and a service area name. The service area name is the major area, city or community route that is served by the route.

For example:
1 - Florence Mall 
8 - Eastern Ave. / Latonia Center
11 - Ft. Thomas / NKU

Destination Signs

All TANK buses have destination signs on the top front, above the windshield, and on the left side, near the front door. The destination sign tells you the route number and destination. The route name and / or destination may take a few seconds to cycle the complete message. Please be sure to read these signs carefully and completely to ensure that you are boarding the correct bus.

Calling Stops

TANK buses use enunciators to call out major stops, intersections, transfer points and destinations to help riders become oriented with the route. Drivers will also call out any stop upon request, if you ask when you get on the bus. 

Transfers (See schedule of issuing route for details.)

Signaling the Bus Driver to Stop

All TANK buses are equipped with a passenger signal cord. The cord is located across the middle of the windows. Please pull the signal cord to request your bus stop about one block before the stop you wish to use.

Exiting the Bus

Whenever possible, exit the bus by using the rear door. This allows passengers to board through the front door freely and also minimizes the time spent at a bus stop.

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Rules of the Road

The Rules of the Road are in place to insure that all passengers will have a safe and pleasant trip while riding TANK. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in keeping our system clean, safe, and pleasant for all who ride.

  1. No smoking, drinking or eating.
  2. Shirt and shoes must be worn.
  3. No playing of audio devices.
  4. No profanity or disruptive behavior.
  5. No littering.
  6. No hazardous materials, such as gasoline or car batteries.
  7. Do not stick hands, arms, or head out of window.
  8. Never cross in front of a bus.
  9. Senior or disabled passengers must show TANK'S or METRO'S reduced fare card.
  10. Keep aisles clear, strollers must be folded.
  11. Do not stand in front of the standee line.
  12. Do not open windows while climate control systems are in operation.
  13. Leave front seats open for older passengers and riders with disabilities.
  14. Keep feet off of seats, and do not take up more than one seat.
  15. Children 45" or taller and those under 45" that are part of a group, must pay a fare.
  16. No bicycles permitted in the bus.