Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority

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Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority
GreaterDaytonRTA2008.jpeg
Slogan it's Time to Ride
Founded 1972
Headquarters 4 South Main St,
Dayton, Ohio
Service area Montgomery County and Greene County, Ohio
Service type bus service, express bus, paratransit
Routes 29
Stops 3,300
Hubs Eastown Shopping Center
Westown Shopping Center
Northwest
South (Dayton Mall)
Wright Stop Plaza(Downtown Dayton)
Stations Maintenance Facilities,
600 Longworth St, Dayton
Fleet 284
Annual ridership 11.6 million[1]
Fuel type Diesel, Electric and Hybrid
Operator 350
Website GDRTA

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, formerly known as the Miami Valley RTA, is a public transit agency that generally serves the greater Dayton, Ohio area. The GDRTA serves communities within Montgomery County and parts of Greene County, Ohio, USA. There are 29 routes. The buses operate seven days a week, 21 hours a day, and provide services to many citizens within the area. RTA's current executive director is Mark Donaghy.[2]

Greater Dayton RTA is Ohio’s fourth-largest public transit system,[3] serving Dayton and 23 surrounding communities in Montgomery County and parts of Greene County. RTA provides more than 11 million passenger trips per year on its buses.[4]

History[edit]

Former GDRTA Logo

The Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority (now the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, or RTA) took over public transit operations in November 1972.

Trolley buses[edit]

One of the first of RTA's ETI trolley buses, in 1996.

One notable feature of the GDRTA system is its use of electric trolley buses. Only five cities in the United States currently have electric trolley buses: Boston, Dayton, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.[5] The first electric trolley bus (ETB) operation in Ohio occurred in Dayton, on April 23, 1933, when the Linden–Salem line was converted from streetcars to trackless trolleys — or trolley buses, as they are most commonly known today. The RTA renewed its commitment to electric transit with a Board of Trustees vote to continue the trolley bus service in 1991, and the purchase of a new fleet of ETBs from Electric Transit, Inc., a joint venture of the Czech company Skoda and the U.S. company AAI Corporation, based on Skoda's model 14Tr. Final assembly of the vehicles took place in Dayton in 1995–98. Electric streetcar service in Dayton had started in 1888, and it continued through to, and indeed beyond, the start of trolley bus service. Therefore, electric transit service has been operated continuously in Dayton since 1888, which is longer than in any other city in the United States.[5]

Hybrid buses[edit]

With the addition of environmentally friendly diesel buses in 2009 and 2010 to the GDRTA's fleet, the GDRTA is Ohio's greenest transit fleet.[6][not in citation given] In September 2010 RTA was designated the only 5-star Ohio Green Fleet by Clean Fuels Ohio.

Rate structure[edit]

On August 1, 2009, fares were raised to $1.75 in cash for adults, and $0.85 for children more than 45" in height, the disabled, and the elderly. 10 fare tokens for adults can be bought for $15, an adult weekly pass is $19, while an adult monthly pass is $55. For children up to age 12 & over 45" in height, the elderly, and the disabled, 10 fare tokens are $8.50, and the monthly pass rate is $32. These items are reduced for students at some area colleges according to school policies. A Family All-Day Pass, good for 2 adults & 2 kids under 13 and over 45" tall, costs $8. An individual All-Day Pass costs $5 for all riders.

Transfers cost $0.25 for all riders, and can be used once (round-trips & stopovers prohibited) within 1 hr., 30 mins.

Project Mobility fares are $3.50.

Hubs[edit]

The RTA operates five bus "hubs", or transit centers. Each hub serves as a connection to many suburban bus routes around Dayton.

Operation[edit]

The RTA operates with diesel and electric trolley buses. Dayton is the smallest city in the United States to still operate electric trolley buses.[5] The trolley buses travel at least five miles on RTA routes serving Dayton and some neighboring suburbs. The routes include: Route 1, Route 2, Route 3, Route 4, Route 5, Route 7 and Route 8. Bus service to Dayton International Airport from downtown Dayton began on 11 August 2013. Service was expanded to stops on Pentagon Boulevard in Beavercreek, allowing access to the Fairfield Commons Mall and Soin Medical Center, on January 12, 2014.

Contributions[edit]

The RTA has been involved in helping the city of Dayton through its contributions to the Dayton Dragons, The Schuster Center, and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

In addition, RTA passed a resolution to make easier connections to its regional hubs and prevent misuse of transfers. In January 2007, RTA created an established proposal to make all buses serve regional businesses, establish transfer points in designated areas and streamline previously neighborhood routes. The RTA added two routes to serve areas frequently used by passengers. RTA discontinued eight routes in response to overlapping and low passenger counts.

Regular Route List[edit]

  • 1 Pentagon Blvd-Wright State University-Third St-Westown TC-Drexel
  • 2 Linden Ave-Eastown TC-Otterbein-Lexington-Northwest TC
  • 3 (Weekday only) Wayne Ave.-Eastown
  • 4 Townview-Hoover-Delphos-Xenia Ave./Linden Ave.-Eastown TC-Westown TC
  • 5 Valley St-Children's Medical Center-Downtown Dayton-Far Hills
  • 7 North Main St-Shiloh-Downtown Dayton-Watervliet
  • 8 Northwest TC-Salem Ave-Lakeview-Westown TC
  • 9 Northwest TC-Greenwich Village-Derby Rd-Westown
  • 11 Kettering to Woodman-Downtown Dayton WPAFB Gate 1b-Kettering to Stroop-Kettering Medical Center & Kettering Rec. Center
  • 12 Five Oaks-Valerie Arms-Forrer Blvd-Dorothy Lane
  • 14 Northwest TC-Trotwood-Centerville
  • 16 Union-Englewood-Kettering-Whipp & Bigger-Clyo Rd.
  • 17 Vandalia-South TC
  • 18 Huber Heights-Moraine-West Carrollton-Miamisburg
  • 19 Huber Heights-Moraine-Miamisburg-South TC
  • 22 Keowee-Northridge-Job Center-Miller Ln-Gateway
  • 23 Eastown TC-Kettering-Centerville-Dayton Mall-South TC
  • 24 Garber Rd-Northwest TC-Westown TC-South TC
  • 34 Miller Ln.-Northwest TC-Westbrook Rd.-MVCTC
  • 40 Weekday only Brookville
  • 41 Weekday only New Lebanon-Montg. Co. Area 1 Court-Downtown Dayton
  • 42 Weekday only Farmersville-Germantown-Miamisburg-South TC
  • 43 Dayton International Airport, Vandalia (Starting 11 August 2013)
  • 60 Dayton Mall-South TC-Miamisburg
  • 61 Villages of Miami-Dayton Mall-Austin Landing-South TC
  • X1A Downtown Dayton-WPAFB Express Area A
  • X1B Downtown Dayton-WPAFB Express Area B
  • X5 Dayton Mall Express-Downtown Dayton-South TC
  • 65 Senior E-Z Ride (Tues. and Thurs.)
  • 66 Senior E-Z Ride (Mon. and Wed.)

Points of interest[edit]

Other destinations served but not listed above include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GDRTA Profile". Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Mark Donaghy, Executive Director". GDRTA. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products Announces Partnership with Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority". Business Wire. September 29, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  4. ^ "GDRTA Profile". Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  5. ^ a b c "A Brief History of Electric Transit in Dayton". Archived from the original on October 10, 2007. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dayton becomes Ohio’s greenest fleet". Retrieved 2010-04-21. 

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