New routing for The Flyer improves access for UD students
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Jessica Olson (937) 425-8352, Communications Manager
(DAYTON, OHIO) … The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority will adjust the southern route of The Flyer circulator bus beginning Monday, July 15. This new routing will improve access for University of Dayton students to use the free bus service, as two new stops will be added near university housing. It will also allow the agency to put larger, 40-foot buses on the service, which will offer more capacity in seating during the busy lunch rush.
The new route will turn left onto Kiefaber Street, left onto Frericks Way, left onto Caldwell Street and then turn right to return back to Brown Street. By changing some of the streets, the route will be able to accommodate 40-foot, two-doored RTA buses that have been branded to run on The Flyer route. These larger buses are being added to The Flyer fleet to accommodate the increase in ridership The Flyer has gained since its launch in November and the expected increase in student and staff riders ahead of the return of University of Dayton classes in the fall, said RTA Communications Manager Jessica Olson.
“We’re very happy with the more than 1,700 daily riders we have on The Flyer, but we know we will be able to serve even more people through this new routing,” Olson said. “The RTA is thankful for the help of the city of Dayton, Rubicon Business District, and the University of Dayton with finding a route that serves everyone’s needs and allowing larger buses and more stops near the UD campus.”
Four new stops have been added to the route with this change, as well as a new location for the driver layover at the south end of the loop. The new stops are:
- Kiefaber Street at Brown Street (layover stop)
- Frericks Way at Kiefaber Street
- Frericks Way at Stonemill Road
- Caldwell Street at Brown Street
The new route changes will go into effect on the morning of Monday, July 15. The operating hours of The Flyer will not change. Those hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to midnight. The Flyer does not run on Sunday or on holidays.
Since its launch in November, The Flyer ridership has more than doubled, and now transports more than 1,700 riders daily from its more than 30 stops along the route. The Flyer is a free service sponsored by Premier Health and CareSource and in partnership with the city of Dayton, University of Dayton, and the Downtown Dayton Partnership. An interactive route map and information about how riders can use the Transit app or texting to track the bus can be found at www.iriderta.org/TheFlyer.