RTA celebrates Ohio Loves Transit week with free rides on Valentine’s Day

January 31, 2022

For Immediate Release

MEDIA CONTACT:  Jessica Olson (937) 425-8352, Communications Manager

(DAYTON, OHIO)… The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will join Ohio agencies to highlight the impact of public transit in local communities during the week-long celebration of Ohio Loves Transit, Feb. 13 through Feb. 20.

This year, the RTA will celebrate Ohio Loves Transit week through a virtual campaign due to Covid-19, using social media to share why our communities support public transit. This year’s theme is “Transit Loves Ohio” and as a way of showing our appreciation, on Valentine’s Day, Monday, Feb. 14, RTA will give free rides system-wide.

Currently, the RTA provides more than 5 million trips a year, helping to create and maintain jobs that are essential in keeping our communities moving. Whether it’s taking riders to the grocery store, providing a ride to medical appointments, ensuring riders get to work, or other essential trips, RTA is here for you. The RTA team has been diligently working to ensure transportation remains safe through the pandemic.

“I am so very proud of the Dayton RTA team who has really stepped up to all the challenges that have come our way over the past year,” said Robert Ruzinsky, RTA CEO. “The entire RTA team stepped up, and over 90% of the them got the COVID vaccine to help ensure they could continue to serve the essential workers who depend on RTA for daily transportation to their jobs. Our community counts on those workers to be at our hospitals, our pharmacies, our grocery stores, our doctor’s offices, and other essential front line places, and most importantly, our community counts on RTA to be there to provide transportation to them. Our entire team is proud and committed to doing just that.” 

Ohio Loves Transit week aims to highlight how Ohio’s public transportation systems are striving to meet the daily mobility needs of the growing senior population, people with disabilities, along with keeping up with the capital need to move workers, students and those without access to their own vehicles.

Public transportation in Ohio comes in many shapes and forms, from rail to streetcars, to buses, vans, and bikes. Ohio’s transit provides more than 52 million trips each year. To learn more about Ohio Loves Transit, visit Ohioneedstransit.org.