Public Transit

Dayton RTA To Offer Free Rides Thursday

Jun 16, 2015
Greater Dayton RTA

Greater Dayton RTA wants people to leave their cars behind and use public transport for a day.  

Thursday they’re hosting Dump The Pump Day and offering free rides to the public. RTA wants people to try public transport as an alternative to driving themselves.

In a released statement, Director of Planning and Marketing Frank Ecklar said, “It’s our way of reaching out to potential customers who may be interested in giving transit a try. We want people to board our buses and find out how relaxing and comfortable they are."

Four public transit systems serving parts of southwest Ohio are grappling with how to best meet the needs of their patrons.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the four systems in the Dayton area are experiencing growth challenges because of uncertain funding, a need to extend service or increased ridership.

The systems include the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Greene CATS Public Transit, Miami County Public Transit and Warren County Public Transit. They provide more than 11.8 million one-way rides annually. The combined cost for the bus rides is $67.1 million.