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Moving to Cincinnati-Part 4: Do I need a car?

Whether you're a long-time Cincinnati resident or new to the Queen City, you probably have many questions. With this series of blog posts, our goal is to answer some of your biggest questions in one place. And at some point, you'll be wondering about transport.

Not so much Planes, Trains and Automobile but more likely Buses, Streetcars and Automobiles. The big question is probably "Do I need a car?".

Of course it depends on your personal needs but let's take a look at why Cincinnati might be different.

As we've talked about in previous posts on the series, the Cincinnati Metro Area is fairly large and encompasses a compact downtown and uptown, inner suburbs, vast tract suburbs and the rural fringes of a large Midwestern city. Trisecting the city are two major highways, I-71 and I-75 (often considered America's busiest), that connect northern Kentucky and the northern and eastern suburbs with the urban core. As the city grew around these two arteries, it began to take on the character of a city for the automobile, up there with Detroit and Atlanta. While this means Cincinnati is incredibly well-connected to the rest of the country, it does mean that if you live in an outer suburb, having a car is a must. There's no commuter rail or extended bus service to bring people to downtown from places like Montgomery, Mason or Evendale. And the opposite is true as well. If you live in central Cincinnati and work in the suburbs for companies like GE, P&G or Fifth Third you too will need a car.

On the other hand, if you'll be working and living in the Downtown, Clifton, Mt. Auburn or OtR neighborhoods, you probably won't need a car. They're quite compact so walking to work is definitely an option during the warm months of April to September. And even if you don't always want to walk, if you need to travel between these neighborhoods or prefer public transport, Cincinnati has a top-notch bus system called Metro (link). It has over 40 routes connecting all of Cincinnati's inner-neighborhoods with reliable and cost-effective transport. A ticket only costs $1.75 and a pass makes it an even better deal!

Beyond the buses, there is a new 3.6 mile streetcar loop connecting the historic Findlay Market district of OtR with Downtown and the Banks (especially great for nights outs) and a city bicycle-sharing network called Red Bike (useful for a short trip or a nice day). And for those times where you need to head up to Kenwood Mall, Rookwood, Hyde Park (or IKEA!), Cincinnati has a strong Uber and Lyft presence, making it easy to find a ride at a moment's notice.

But best of all, Premier City Properties makes your life easy whether you choose to bring your car or not. All of our properties offer Free Parking and are conveniently located within walking distance of well-connected bus stops. We want to make it easy as possible for you, so give us a call today at (513) 402-2212 to talk with a member of our team. Plus mention this blog post and get $50 off your first month's rent!

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