“I started riding METRO in 1978. I caught the bus at Grant Avenue and State Road where Auto Zone is now. The METRO drivers would be waiting for me at the corner and I had to run for the bus (that happened quite often). I rode it to and from work in downtown Akron. I remember in the early days when the buses were underpowered, us healthy people would get off at the bottom of the Howard Street hill, walk up the hill and then get back on the bus because it was so crowded the bus couldn’t get up.
“I stopped riding in 2004 when I got a city car. I think I saw the fare go from 35 cents to $1.25. METRO is a great service. It saved me tons of money on insurance, gas, and wear and tear on my car. I have nothing but good things to say about METRO.”