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Greater Dayton RTA partners with e-scooter company Spin

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Photo: The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority Flyer bus rides by a parked Spin e-scooter in downtown Dayton on Aug. 21, 2019. The RTA is partnering with the e-scooter company Spin to operate the scooters in the city.

For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO) … The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is proud to partner with the e-scooter company, Spin, to bring the first electric scooters to the Dayton region.

At a launch party for the new mobility option on Wednesday, Aug. 21, the RTA was part of the first rides for the e-scooters in the city. The Dayton transit agency will be the first public transit agency in the country to partner with Spin to help with operations in a city. RTA will handle the daily pickups, charging, and drop-offs of the scooters, said RTA CEO Mark Donaghy.

In a time when the demand by citizens for travel options is continually changing, Donaghy said, the RTA’s work with Spin aligns with the agency’s mission to provide mobility for all in the Dayton region.

“This partnership is another step closer to that vision,” Donaghy said.

Spin, a San-Francisco based micro-mobility company, operates e-scooters in more than 50 U.S. cities. The e-scooters are unlocked using the Spin app and charge a rider per minute of use. Spin worked closely with city of Dayton lawmakers to create “no-ride zones” in certain areas of the city. There are also city ordinances in place that require the scooters to be navigated in the streets and bike lanes, and not on sidewalks.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley praised the RTA’s willingness to think beyond buses when it comes to transportation options. The RTA works with Lyft and Uber for first-mile, last-mile partnerships in areas where fixed-route service is limited, and runs the maintenance of the Link: Dayton Bike Share. 

“I think they do better than anyone else in the country, and I’m super grateful for their leadership,” Whaley said. 

Will Burns from the Spin Governmental Partnerships team, spoke about Dayton’s innovative history, which includes Dayton’s own Wright Brothers and the invention of powered flight, Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poetry, and the Dayton Funk All Stars’ music, at the launch of the scooters on Wednesday.

“This is a city that looks to the future and embraces it,” Burns said.

The e-scooters are now live throughout the city. Information about the scooters can be found on the Spin website at www.spin.app and a frequently-ask-questions page can be found on the RTA website.