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Greater Dayton RTA partners with Germanfest Picnic to provide free shuttles

 For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO)…For the first time, the Greater Dayton RTA will help transport thousands of people to German food, music and culture in the heart of Downtown Dayton this weekend with free shuttle service to the 34th Dayton Germanfest Picnic hosted by the Dayton Liederkranz-Turner. 

This will be the first year for the Germanfest Picnic at its new downtown location at RiverScape MetroPark. After a survey of people, the Liederkranz-Tuner club moved the event location downtown and also extended the event’s hours for the 2017 celebration. 

RTA buses will operate in a continuous loop north on Jefferson, east on 1st Street, north on Taylor, south on Weber, west on 2nd Street, GermanFestMap2017 2Patterson to 1st, north on Jefferson,  west on Monument, south on Ludlow and east on 5th Street.  The bus will take a small loop around Bainbridge, Hugo, Wayne Avenue, and travel back onto 5th street to Keowee, east on 3rd street and back to Jefferson. Several temporary bus stops will be located all along the shuttle route; festival goers will only have to wait a few minutes at a stop to catch the next bus with the Germanfest window card and “shuttle” on the destination sign. 

The hours of operation for the RTA shuttle are Friday, Aug. 11 from 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13, 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. All shuttle service will continue each night until the last customer is picked up. 

Bus Reroutes

RTA is rerouting several regular bus routes starting Thursday, Aug. 10 through early morning Monday, Aug. 14 due to street closures and detours around the RiverScape area as a result of the Germanfest Picnic. All closed streets will be open to regular traffic by 2 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14. 

At 9 a.m. on Aug. 10, Patterson will close between First and Monument (affecting northbound Route 16 only). All other reroutes will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 when the following streets will be closed: southbound Riverside between White Allen and Monument, St. Clair between Monument and First, and Monument between Patterson and St. Clair.  

If your stop is located in the closed area, catch the inbound RTA on St. Clair Street between 2nd and 3rd streets. The reroutes affect routes 5, 11, 16, 17, 22, 18, 19, 22, X1A and X1B. 

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