RTA issues winter storm warning for customers, offers free rides for remainder of 2022

(DAYTON, OHIO)… With a major winter storm expected to hit the Dayton area Thursday night into Friday, The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is advising customers to prepare and is offering free rides through the remainder of 2022 to encourage riders to delay travel plans.

“With the major storm expected to greatly impact the Miami Valley over the next few days, we are advising riders that services may be delayed as our professional drivers deal with the challenging road conditions expected,” said RTA CEO Robert Ruzinsky.  

According to the National Weather Service, the storm is expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of snow, and winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour. Temperatures are also expected to drop rapidly overnight Thursday, with dangerously cold wind chills below zero.

If you can change your travel plans for Friday and Saturday, RTA encourages you to do so. If you have to ride, please be patient as our dedicated and professional drivers navigate what is expected to be a challenging situation on Friday. The RTA will suspend the collection of fares for the remainder of 2022 to encourage those who can to delay their travel until the weather improves next week. Free rides will be offered on all RTA vehicles, including fixed-route and paratransit services.

Riders can track their bus live with the Transit app and RTA’s RideTime technology. Visit iriderta.org/ride to sign up for text alerts.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kristi Newton (937) 425-8379, Communications and Community Relations Manager