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Greater Dayton RTA to offer free shuttles to Celtic Fest

For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO)…The Greater Dayton RTA will help thousands of people celebrate all that is Celtic this weekend by providing free shuttle service to the Dayton Celtic Festival. The three-day event features a 5K run, Irish food, artists and culture, and Celtic music and dance performances.

 The United Irish of Dayton Celtic Fest organizers are encouraging festival goers to park at the Transportation Center Garage at 101 E. FifthCelticFestival2017 Street or the Reibold Garage at 117 S. Main Street (enter from W. Fifth St.). There is a fee to park, but the shuttle ride to the festival is free.

RTA buses will operate in a continuous loop 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 Fifth. 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 Celtic Fest window card and “shuttle” on the destination sign.

The hours of operation for the RTA shuttle are Friday, July 28 from 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 29, 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 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 July 27 through early morning Monday, July 31 due to street closures and detours around the RiverScape area as a result of Celtic Fest.  All closed streets will be open to regular traffic by 2 a.m. on Monday, July 31.

At 9 a.m. on July 27, Patterson will close between First and Monument (affecting northbound Route 16 only).  All other reroutes will begin at 6 p.m. on July 27 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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