2023 Proposed System Redesign
As the region changes so must our services. We continue to strengthen our services by connecting people to jobs, health care and educational opportunities. To adapt our services to meet the current and future needs of the community, we began work in 2018 reviewing and redesigning our system. In 2020, we released our final system plan. However, the recent pandemic coupled with changes in economic development has changed the travel patterns and usage of our system.
As a result, we have revised our original plan. The proposed system redesign consists of maintaining some existing services, implementing minor changes to other services and launching new services to replace services that are proposed to be discontinued.
The overall goal of our redesign is to increase the quality of services through more frequent, direct and easy to use multi-mobility options.
Under the redesign, hours of service may vary by route, based on usage. We intend to implement new services at current frequencies, with the goal of improving frequencies to the following ranges based on the service type:
- Bus Routes – Every 15 to 45 minutes
- Connectors – Every 15 to 30 minutes
- Circulators – Every 10 to 15 minutes
Frequency improvements and/or expansion of service hours will be based on driver availability, approved budget levels and demand/utilization of service.
To view a video outlining the proposed redesign plans, click here.
See below for details:
We are proposing no changes to Routes 1, 2, 8, 9, 12, 22, 55, The Flyer, North Community Connector, On-Demand Zone 2 and Paratransit Services.
We are proposing minor changes to Routes 4, 6, 7, 16 and On-Demand Zones 1, 3, 4.
The Route 4 is proposed to be expanded. Under the redesign, Route 4 will serve the Eastown Transit Center, along Smithville Road to Dorothy Lane, ending at the Kroger near Woodman Drive in Kettering. This extension will be dependent on our ability to expand our trolley infrastructure along most areas of the expanded section of the route.
Route 6 is proposed to be expanded to serve east of downtown along the current Route 11 until Old Harshman Road, ending at the Air Force Museum.
Route 7 is proposed to no longer serve the Rainbow Drive loop in Kettering, but will be expanded to serve along Woodman Drive north to the Goodwill.
Route 16 is proposed to be expanded to serve the Northwest Transit Center along Shiloh Springs Road from Main Street, north on Garber Road and returning to Main Street to continue along current routing to the Meijer and into Englewood. On the north end of the route, we are proposing to add service to Boonshoft Museum of Discovery between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week. Areas southeast on the Route 16 include proposed expansion of service to the Sugarcreek Plaza Shopping Center area. In addition, we are proposing to no longer serve Montgomery Square Drive, sections of Clyo Road northwest of Center Point Drive and Feedwire Road between Wilmington Road and Clyo Road. Instead, most of these sections will be served by new bus route service.
On-Demand Zone 1 is proposed to be expanded to improve customer access to cover areas just north of 725 near the Dayton Mall, and east of 675, along 725. The on-demand zone will also be removed in some areas to account for the new bus route service under the proposed redesign.
On-Demand Zone 3 is proposed to be adjusted to account for additional bus route service in the area. These adjustments include the removal and addition of new service.
On-Demand Zone 4 is proposed to be removed in some areas due to low utilization of the current service to date.
We are proposing four new bus routes: 25, 26, 27, 28; three additional community connectors: East, West, Airport; the downtown Central Circulator; and On-Demand zone 5.
The first new service is the Route 25, which will travel between Brandt Pike at Needmore Road in northeast Dayton, through downtown to Clyo Road and Wilmington Pike in Centerville, continuing along 725 to the Dayton Mall area, ending at the South Transit Center.
Route 26 will travel between National Road in Vandalia, through downtown to the South Transit Center near the Dayton Mall.
Route 27 will travel between the Meijer at Executive Boulevard in Huber Heights through downtown to 1st Street and Central Avenue in Miamisburg.
Route 28 will travel counterclockwise between the Kettering Recreation Center in Kettering, along Dorothy Lane, Kettering Boulevard and Stroop Road. This route will connect with eight other routes.
The Central Circulator will connect with The Flyer, creating more connections downtown. It will run east and west, primarily on 3rd Street, connecting Sinclair College and the West Dunbar Historic District.
On-Demand Zone 5 will increase connections to new areas and will cover areas currently served by routes 17 and 43 that are proposed to be discontinued.
The West Connector will run north and south along the west side of the county. It will run south from the Northwest Transit Center, stopping at the Westown Transit Center and South Transit Center, ending at the Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus. This service connects with 12 bus routes, one community connector, three on-demand zones and three transit centers.
The East Connector will connect from the Meijer at Executive Boulevard in Huber Heights, running north and south along the east side of the county, stopping at the Eastown Transit Center, ending at the Meijer on Stroop Road in Kettering. This service connects with 10 routes, one on-demand zone and one transit center.
The Airport Connector will connect downtown to the Dayton International Airport, along with major employer sites around the airport. This service connects with 12 routes that are serving the downtown transit center, two nearby circulators and one on-demand zone.
Routes 11, 14, 17, 18, 19, 34 and 43 are proposed to be discontinued, but a majority of the service will be replaced through proposed changes to existing service, new service and maintaining existing service. The changes allowed us to develop more direct connections within the system, address current and future areas of economic development, while also maintaining areas where we have seen ridership growth following the pandemic.
Route 11 east from downtown areas will be served by Route 6 and the East Community Connector and most areas south from downtown will be served by Routes 6, 25, 26, 27 and 28. A portion, shown below, along Schantz Avenue, between Far Hills Avenue and Patterson Boulevard, is proposed to no longer have service under the system redesign.
Route 14 north from downtown areas will be served by Routes 8, 12, the North Community Connector and On-Demand Zone 3. Route 14 south from downtown will be served by Route 6.
Route 17 north from downtown areas will be served by Route 26 and On-Demand Zone 5, and south from downtown areas will be served by Routes 6, 25 and On-Demand Zone 1. A portion, shown below, along Shroyer Road, between Far Hills Avenue and Stroop Road, is proposed to no longer have service under the system redesign. Nearby services include Routes 6, 25 and 28.
Route 18 north from downtown areas will be served by Route 25 and the East Community Connector and south from downtown most areas will be served by Routes 26, 27 and the West Community Connector. A portion, shown below, along King Richard Parkway, between Elm Street and Alex Road, is proposed to no longer have service under the system redesign. Nearby services include the Route 27 and the West Connector.
Route 19 north from downtown areas will be served by Routes 25, 26, 27 and the East Connector and south from downtown areas will be served by Routes 26, 27, West Connector and On-Demand Zone 1.
Route 34 east from the Northwest Transit Center will continue to be served by
the North Community Connector and north of Needmore Road will continue to be served by Route 22.
Route 43 north from downtown will be served by the Airport Connector, which will cover the Dayton Airport and some area businesses around the airport. Areas not covered by the Airport Connector will be served by the new On-Demand Zone 5. The Route 43’s first trip from the Northwest Transit Center is proposed to be discontinued.
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will hold five public input sessions in February 2023 to collect customer feedback and comments regarding the agency’s proposed system redesign. To view a list of dates and locations for the public input sessions please click here.
If you would like to leave a comment on RTA’s interactive map, watch this video to see how or visit this link.