RTA holds public hearing to discuss proposed service adjustments

For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO) … The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA), in response to a severe current shortage of bus route operators along with decreased customer demand due to COVID-19, will hold a public hearing to discuss proposed temporary service adjustments that would impact the agency’s service hours and bus routes. This public hearing will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at the downtown Dayton Metro Library, located at 215 E 3rd St, Dayton, Ohio.

The agency is proposing the following temporary changes: 

Temporary Service Hour Adjustments:

Fixed Route & Paratransit Service hours Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Fixed Route & Paratransit Service hours Sunday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Temporary Route Eliminations:

Route 64, Route 65, Route 66 

Temporary Service Adjustments:

Route 14 – All bus route service will run every 90 minutes. 

The purpose of the public hearing is to receive input into the planning process regarding proposed changes. The RTA encourages individuals, groups, agencies, and private providers of transportation to comment on the proposed changes. 

Comments will be received verbally or in writing at the community forums. This includes the current proposal as well as previous temporary service adjustments made in June. The public can also submit written comments via email at @email or they may be received by calling (937) 425-8339. These comments will be collected and considered by RTA through Friday, August 13, 2021. 

These proposed changes are due to a lack of available bus drivers and were determined based on analysis of ridership on routes, specific trips, time periods experiencing lower ridership, and duplicative service coverage. As the employment situation improves and ridership levels return system-wide, RTA will look at ways to restore and even grow transit services where needed.