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Celebrate Ohio Loves Transit week in Dayton Feb. 11 - 15

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For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO) … The Greater Dayton RTA will be joining dozens of public transit agencies across the state to celebrate Ohio Loves Transit week from February 11-15, culminating with a free ride day on February 14 for all fixed-route buses for RTA riders who use the RideTime texting feature.

As part of the Ohio Public Transit Association’s Ohio Loves Transit week, Dayton and partner transit agency members will form a statewide initiative to celebrate transit by highlighting the way it moves communities forward and to promote the need of funding and support for transit in their communities. In Dayton, this will include special giveaways at its transit centers, collecting rider stories to send to state officials and a ride-along day with key community partners on Thursday, Feb. 14.

For RTA riders to participate in the free ride day on Thursday, Feb. 14, they need to simply flash their text message that shows their bus arrival time to their driver and they will receive a free ride. The RideTime text feature allows RTA riders to text their stop number to 41411 for a quick answer on when the next bus is to arrive at their stop.

RideTimeText2For riders who use monthly passes, from now until Feb. 15 if those riders flash their text feature to an employee at an RTA transit center sales outlet (Wright Stop Plaza and the Northwest Transit Center) they will get a free Day Pass when they buy a 31-Day Pass.

Ohio Loves Transit week aims to highlight the growing need for support of public transportation across all Ohio communities. Public transportation systems across the state, from rail and streetcars, to buses, vans, and bikes, are striving to meet the daily mobility needs of Ohio’s growing senior population, along with keeping up with the capital need to move workers, students, and those without access to their own vehicles. Transit drives Ohio’s economy, with national statistics showing that every $1 invested in public transit generates $4 in economic return. Whether it’s getting to area shopping centers, local airports, libraries, parks, bike trails, or countless other leisure time destinations – Ohio transit can get you there. Details on OPTA’s Ohio Loves Transit movement can be found here.

For more information on how to use the RTA RideTime text technology visit the RideTime track-by-text page on the RTA website.

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