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Metro to unveil ticket vending machines

Miranda Del Pozo took this photo of the machine still boxed up on Thursday morning. Miranda Del Pozo took this photo of the machine still boxed up on Thursday morning.
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Metro gives more than 17 million bus rides in Cincinnati each year, and soon riders will be able to purchase bus tickets through a new, convenient format.

Cincinnati's Metro Bus transportation service on Thursday will unveil the first ticket vending machines. Installed in Government Square at the corner of 5th and Walnut Streets, the machine provides access to bus tickets and passes.

In what Metro officials call their "quest to make riding more convenient," the machines can be used 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

They function similarly to food vending machines and offer a variety of passes including all Metro 30-day rolling passes, $10, $20, and $30 stored value cards. Rolling passes for Northern Kentucky's TANK bus service can also be purchased through the machines.

The machines accept exact amounts of cash only or credit cards. Metro says they will be able to accept dollar coins by this summer.

More vending machines are planned to open in Clifton near UC and at other high-traffic transit hubs, according to Metro officials. 

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