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Despite two rounds of hours-long negotiations over the weekend, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385’s strike began Monday, bringing the RTA system to a halt.  

 

The strike has Dayton business and government leaders urging the two parties to return to the negotiating table.

 

BarryStaff president Doug Barry says his much of his workforce relies on RTA to get to employment.

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RTA bus drivers and mechanics walked out Monday morning, following the breakdown of negotiations between their union and RTA management over the weekend.

Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 and RTA executives spent hours Sunday attempting to settle on terms of a new contract, but both parties walked away without an agreement.

 

Union leaders say the dispute centers on wage and insurance issues.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich recently signed into law new statewide regulations ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft. The new laws trump regulations put in place by local governments.  

The legislation sets up new requirements for drivers, including background checks, insurance, and photo IDs. Drivers will also have to provide riders with upfront cost estimates for their trip.

The bill’s co-sponsor, State Representative Bob Hackett, says it clears up confusion for drivers.

What’s In Those Trains? WYSO Curious Tracks Down The Cargo

Sep 24, 2015
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Lyle Whybrew has lived his whole life to the sounds of passing trains. He grew up in North Judson, Indiana, a town where four railroad lines converged, and now he’s in Tipp City.

Dayton RTA To Offer Free Rides Thursday

Jun 16, 2015
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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."

Xenia Township officials say nearly 1,100 piglets may have died in a Monday night crash on U.S. Route 35. A semi-trailer was carrying 2200 piglets when it lost control, crashed into a guardrail and lost its cargo.

Township Administrator, Alan Stock says the situation was a serious one.

"When you think about 2200 pigs, that can be humorous," He said. "but in all actuality this was a very large scale accident that shut down a highway for eight hours. So the first thing that we’re looking for is public safety.”

Still No Agreement Between DPS And Bus Drivers

Apr 14, 2015
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Dayton Public Schools bus drivers are planning a strike. The Ohio Association of Public Schools Employees Local #627 filed its intent to strike last week.

Members have said they want an increase in the hourly wage for beginning bus drivers to stay competitive with neighboring districts that offer about $2 more per hour, as well as paid training days. And after another meeting Monday, the union and Dayton school board are no closer to an agreement.

Ohio County Judge Blocks New State Rules On Traffic Cameras

Apr 3, 2015
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A southwest Ohio judge has ruled new restrictions on traffic cameras violate the state's constitution, granting the city of Dayton a permanent order blocking them.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Barbara Gorman says rules like requiring police officers to be present when cameras are used violate the Ohio municipalities' "home rule" powers. She says the law passed late last year tells local governments how to allocate their law enforcement personnel.

Study: Dayton Area Residents Living Further From Jobs

Mar 26, 2015
I-75 north of Cincinnati. Many in the Dayton area are living further from jobs than they did in the year 2000.   highway
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Dayton ranks among the worst in the country in a Brookings Institution study that finds many people in metro areas are living further away from jobs.

75 mph Speed Limit Proposal On Chopping Block In Ohio

Mar 24, 2015

A proposal to boost Ohio's speed limit to 75 mph on rural interstate highways and the turnpike has been scrapped.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger's office said the proposed increase would be pulled from a $7 billion, two-year transportation budget.

The proposal would have made Ohio only the second state entirely east of the Mississippi River to have such a high limit. The other is Maine. A total of 16 states, mostly out West, have at least a 75 mph speed limit.

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