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Flyer hours extended to provide free transportation to Dayton’s July 3 “Lights in Flight” fireworks event

For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO) … This year in celebration of the Lights in Flight Festival, the Greater Dayton RTA is extending the hours of The Flyer service to allow fireworks revelers to use the free circulator route as a transportation option to and from the holiday festival in downtown Dayton on Wednesday, July 3.

The Flyer will operate from 6 a.m. to midnight on Wednesday, July 3. Because of street closures, The Flyer will run on a special detour route beginning at 6 a.m. that morning. The Flyer is a great option for people and families coming to downtown Dayton for the annual Lights in Flight festival to park away from the crowds and ride the bus to the action of the event.

After the fireworks end, several RTA Flyer buses will be waiting for passengers northbound on Patterson Avenue, between Second and Third streets, limiting wait times. Please see the attached map of The Flyer detour for the night of July 3.

Because of street closures around the Downtown Dayton area for the City of Dayton’s Lights in Flight festival and fireworks, several RTA routes will go on detours on July 3 beginning at 6 a.m. The July downtown Dayton detours are as follows:


Northbound the Flyer will turn from Main Street, right onto First Street, right onto Patterson, right onto Second and back to regular southbound routing on Main Street. See attached map.                                                                                                                            


Riverside Drive will be closed. Route 16 riders should board the bus at Jefferson at 2nd streets or Helena at Riverside.


Monument Street will be closed. Route 5 riders should board the bus at Ludlow between 2nd and 3rd streets.


Because Jefferson Street will be closed north of 3rd Street, all riders on Routes 7 – 8 – 9 – 12 – 14 – 16 – 43 and Routes 11- 17- 18- 19 should use Wright Stop Plaza to board the bus.

On Thursday, July 4, Route 14 will be rerouted around Main Street (Route 48) and West and East Franklin Street (State Route 725) for Centerville’s Americana Festival. Riders should catch their bus at the nearest stop outside of festival activities.

Riders should note Thursday, July 4, all RTA buses will be on a Sunday service schedule due to the holiday. Regular bus times will resume Friday, July 5.