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RTA expands options with new RTA Connect service

For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO) … The Greater Dayton RTA will be increasing accessibility in previously under-served areas by adding RTA Connect On-Demand service in three new regions beginning Feb. 18. This expansion builds upon the state of Ohio’s only public transportation partnership with Transit Network Companies (TNC) providing first- and last-mile options.

The RTA previously launched Connect service in the Germantown, Farmersville and Miamisburg area. Following the success of that program, which began in June 2017, the RTA has decided to extend the pilot to other underserved areas, increasing accessibility to transit across the region.

New RTA Connect On-Demand service will be broken up into three new designated service areas, including: Brookville, Clayton, Englewood, Trotwood and the Northwest Transit Center; New Lebanon, Trotwood, Drexel and the Westown Transit Center. In addition, the agency will expand Connect service in the northwest portion of Montgomery County and parts of Greene County, connecting Wright Patterson Air Force Base areas A & B, the Air Force Museum and Wright State University.

This service will enhance limited service that was offered through the former routes 40, 41, X1a and X1b, which have been eliminated due to low productivity. Through RTA Connect, customers will receive increased access to transportation including mid-day service, nights and weekends. It also gives customers the freedom to plan their trips around their daily schedule.

The program, which couples RTA vehicles, rideshare programs such as Lyft and other local transportation providers, allows customers to conveniently book a trip around their own schedule from designated Connect stops, receive a ride and then connect if necessary to nearby RTA routes at a convenient transfer point. From the transfer point, customers can access RTA bus lines to connect them to more destinations throughout Montgomery County. As part of the program, RTA Connect customers can book a trip at the stop using the Lyft app and promo code “Connect937” or call the RTA Call Center to schedule a trip. In either case, the RTA Connect trip is free as part of a special promotion for this pilot program. This promotion is limited to valid RTA Connect service in a single designated service area.

How It Works

RTA Connect On-Demand offers the convenience of booking your trip around your schedule. Simply head to your nearest Connect stop and enter the coupon code CONNECT937 into the Lyft app when you book your trip. No Lyft app, no problem! Simply call us at (937) 425-8300 and select the RTA Connect On-Demand option to book your trip. 

Connect service is only available when traveling to and from valid Connect stops within each designated service area. Valid stops are marked with an RTA Connect On-Demand sign. All eligible Connect stops can be found online at iriderta.org/rtaconnect. 

Why It’s Better

  • You’ll never pay more than our regular, one-way fare for your Connect trip.
  • No more scheduling your day around limited bus service in your area.
  • On-Demand connects you to transfer points where bus service is fast and frequent.
  • Weekend, late night and early morning services are available where previously only limited service was offered.
  • More service equals more access throughout the Miami Valley. 

How to Book 

Book with Lyft App/Website or Call for Other Providers

Use the Lyft app or visit http://ride.lyft.com to book your trip with the CONNECT937 code. If you can’t download the Lyft app, call us at (937) 425-8300 and select the RTA Connect On-Demand option to book your trip. 

Travel To and From Wright Patterson Air Force Base

If you’re traveling to and from any Connect service within secured access areas on Wright Patterson Air Force Base, you will not be able to use Lyft. You must call us at (937) 425-8300 and select the RTA Connect On-Demand option to book your trip. 

If you’re traveling to and from any Connect service within secured access areas on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, you will be required to arrange your transportation access with base security in advance. 

Require a Lift-Equipped Vehicle?

For those who require a lift-equipped vehicle, call us at (937) 425-8300 and select the RTA Connect On-Demand option to book your trip. 

Questions?

If you have questions about RTA Connect On-Demand, visit iriderta.org/rtaconnect or call Customer Service at (937) 425-8300 to speak to a representative. If you have questions about Lyft and its services, visit www.lyft.com. 

Brookville, Clayton, Englewood, Trotwood, Northwest Hub

Connect Stops:

  • Winston Woods
  • Salem Ave. @ Par Dr.
  • Lau Pkwy. @ Metro Dr.
  • Smith Dr. @ Hoke Rd.
  • Salem St. @ Talmadge Rd.
  • Nutrition Way @ Collective Way
  • Arlington Rd. @ Rona Parkway Dr.
  • Wolf Creek St. @ Brookside Dr.
  • Market St. @ Columbia St.
  • Market St. @ Walnut St.
  • Brookville Library

Connect Stop/Transfer Point to Routes 2, 8, 9, 14, 16, 24, 34, 43:

  • Northwest Hub 

New Lebanon, Trotwood, Drexel, Westown Hub

Connect Stops:

  • Main St. @ Clayton Rd.
  • Montgomery County District Court
  • 3rd St. @ Snyder Rd.
  • 3rd St. @ Paige Ave.
  • 3rd St. @ Pawtucket St.
  • Dora Tate Center
  • Nicholas Residential Treatment Center

Connect Stop/Transfer Point to Route 1:

  • 3rd St. @ Iona St.

Connect Stop/Transfer Points to Routes 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 22, 24:

  • Westown Hub 

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Area A & B, Air Force Museum, Wright State University

Connect Stops:

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Area A
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Area B
  • National Museum of the US Air Force

      Connect Stop/Transfer Point to Route 1:

  • University Blvd. @ Student Union

Connect Stop/Transfer Point to Route 11:

  • Old Harshman Rd. @ Springfield St. 

Learn more about RTA Connect, including how to download the Lyft app and schedule recurring and on-demand trips at www.iriderta.org/RTAConnect.