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RTA demonstrates the future of transit at event in Courthouse Square this Thursday

For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO)… RTA is leading the industry through new and innovative technology and partnerships that put the power to use transit in the palm of the customer’s hand. The agency will demonstrate its latest innovations for the public through “The RTA Experience” on Thursday, June 22 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Dayton’s Courthouse Square.

RTA will offer incentives to encourage customers to learn how easy it is to integrate public transportation into their everyday with prizes, including Dayton Dragons professional baseball tickets and t-shirts. 

During the event, customers can learn how to use the RTA RideTime products, whether it’s sending a quick text to learn when the next bus is coming to your stop, or signing up for our RideTime alerts system which tells riders if any delays or detours are happening along their routes. The RTA will have employees demonstrating these features and can also help riders sign up or download RideTime on their own phones. This new technology allows customers to know when their bus is coming in real time with their smartphone, making paper schedules obsolete.

Part of the RTA RideTime system includes Transit app, where customers can see where RTA buses are on an interactive map. The app also has real-time info on when buses are arriving using on-board GPS technology, syncing riders’ smartphones with all RTA buses anytime, anywhere.

In addition, the agency will showcase downtown’s only bike repair shop, Wright Stop Bike Shop, which opened at 12 S Main St. one year ago. Certified bike technicians will have information on services and parts available at the store.

Attendees of the event will also get a look at the RTA Security department’s “See Something – Say Something – DO Something” initiative which shows how safety is the responsibility of everyone. The RTA has its own anonymous tip line and offers a monetary award for information leading to the successful prosecution of those who commit crimes on RTA property.

“The RTA Experience” is one of several events organized by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) as part of the summer-long “Drive Less Live More” programming.  The focus is to encourage residents to use transportation alternatives such as biking, walking, public transportation and carpooling.  Special guests day of the RTA Experience include Five Rivers MetroParks, Bike Miami Valley, the City of Dayton, Public Health of Montgomery County, and Bike Miami Valley. 

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