Dayton RTA

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The city of Dayton and the Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) have announced they’re extending the hours for student bus passes. Student bus passes have only been good through 4:30pm; now a $30 monthly pass will last until 5pm, and the $40 pass will be good through 7pm on weekdays.

The city has found transportation is a problem for a lot of kids who want to participate in tutoring and other after-school activities.

Dayton Bus Driver Fired For Feigning Attack

Jun 27, 2014

RTA bus driver, Ricky Wagoner has been fired from his job. Earlier this year, Wagoner told authorities he was attacked by three black men at a stop in Dayton. He also told police he was stabbed and shot at as he fought back against his attackers. 

Dayton police have said the 49-year-old driver’s account wasn't supported by evidence and testing. The FBI also says its investigation of the case as a potential hate crime found no evidence.

Dayton police have closed the case of RTA bus driver Rickey Wagoner who claimed he was attacked on the job earlier this year, saying the evidence doesn’t support Wagoner’s story.

Wagoner, who is white, told police in February he stepped off his bus in the 1900 block of Lakeview Avenue in Dayton to investigate a loss of power and was attacked by three black men. Claiming he was shot and stabbed while fighting back, Wagoner said his attackers used racial language. The incident was being investigated as a hate crime.

 

Last year, Dayton-based Leaders for Equality in Action or LEAD, filed a federal complaint with the Highway Administration against the city of Beavercreek after it denied an RTA request to place three bus stops near the mall.

After the Highway Administration  threatened to strip the city of nearly $11 million in funding if it didn't comply with RTA's request, Beavercreek's City Council voted late last year to approve the new bus stops. The new RTA bus stops on Pentagon Boulevard were up and running Sunday morning.

Monday evening at Beavercreek's City Council meeting, an attorney for the city advised that failure to comply with a recent federal discrimination order could result in the loss of federal funding for highway construction projects.  Wayne Baker reports

In late June, the Federal Highway Administration ruled the city violated Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights act by refusing two install three bus stops near the Mall at Fairfield Commons.

Attorney Adam Levin explained to council members Monday that the city could fight the ruling but it would be costly


Tonight, the Beavercreek  City Council will hear from its attorney regarding the recent finding by the Federal Highway Administration, alleging that the city violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Two years ago, the Dayton RTA wanted to add bus stops on Pentagon Boulevard near the Mall at Fairfield Commons and the newly constructed Soin Medical Center. That request was unanimously denied by Beavercreek's City Council.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for June 30, 2013 including the following stories:

- Jerry Kenney wraps up the week's news with the latest information about last week's crash at the Dayton Air Show

- Wayne Baker reports on Beavercreek's denial of RTA bus stops being ruled a violation of Civil Rights Act and speaks with attorney Ellis Jacobs about the ruling.

A new Clark County public transit system was launched on Monday. The new bus service will allow riders from remote parts of the county as well as the city, to connect to destinations all over the Miami Valley area.

WestCAT is the name of the new bus service and its buses began to roll on Monday. Bus routes will run Monday through Friday from western parts of Clark County which includes New Carlisle, Enon and Mad River Township.