RTA celebrates National Air Quality Awareness Week with FREE rides May 2

(DAYTON, OHIO)… The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is encouraging residents of the Miami Valley to leave their personal vehicles at home and commute via RTA for free on Monday, May 2, 2022 to celebrate National Air Quality Awareness Week, May 2 – May 6, 2022, in partnership with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC).

RTA is one of Ohio’s greenest fleets, and operates diesel and electric trolley buses. Riding the bus is an environmentally-friendly to get where you need to go. Public transportation moves more people in fewer vehicles, reducing congestion and the amount of pollutants entering the air.

“Every bus has the possibility of eliminating up to 40 cars on the road and the emissions that go with those vehicles. That means better air quality for all,” said Bob Ruzinsky, CEO of RTA. “When you couple that with passengers riding one of our zero-emissions electric trolley buses, that makes their trip even greener. Public transit is the greenest travel option in the Miami Valley and we are proud to support initiatives meant to improve air quality within the community we serve.”

Riders are encouraged to use the Transit app, or RTA’s official real-time information and trip-planning available at www.iriderta.org to plan their trips. The free rides on May 2 apply to both RTA’s fixed-route and paratransit services.

RTA is proud to partner with MVRPC for this clean air initiative. This year’s theme for National Air Quality Awareness week is “Be Air Aware & Prepared!” Poor air quality affects everyone; however, some individuals are particularly sensitive to air pollutants, including children and adults who are active outdoors, the elderly, and those with chronic respiratory disease such as asthma. Visit www.MiamiValleyAir.org to learn more.