After Metro kicked off the “Tell Us Your Story” in May 2010, hundreds of bus riders submitted their stories about how transit benefits their lives and their community in terms of jobs, the environment, energy independence, and overall quality of life.

The many entries have now been whittled down to five finalists for both written and video submissions, and now Metro is asking the public to vote on its favorite entry in both categories. The winning entry from each category will a year of free rides on Metro, while the remaining four entries will each win a month of free rides.

“Riders shared stories about growing up, family traditions, poems, songs and raps with one thing in common – the difference Metro made in their lives,” said Metro CEO, Marilyn Shazor.

The five written story finalists include Teresa Roush from Wilmington, Ernest Disney Britton from Hyde Park, Jalilisha Dixon from Finneytown, Kelly Drinan from Amberley, and Sidney Coleman from Silverton. To read their entries visit the contest’s website. Below, you can view the five video finalists for the “Tell Us Your Story” contest.

Online voting runs through August 31st, and the grand prize winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 1. Ten voters will also randomly be selected to win prizes of their own.

Videos A and B

Videos C and D

Video E