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RTA goes retro with 2018 Holiday Bus design, adds festive Flyer bus to the mix

For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO)… The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority will be going retro with its annual Holiday Bus, inspired by a 1974 City Transit trolley design. The agency will also be adding a second holiday-themed bus to its service this winter, decking out one of its new, free Flyer buses for the season.

This year’s Holiday Bus is decorated with scenes of children playing in the snow, ice skating and enjoying a winter wonderland. RTA graphic designers based the winter scene off of a similar cartoon that adorned a 1974 City Transit trolley bus. The 2018 Holiday Bus is decorated for the holidays on the inside too, and will be in service on different routes from Saturday, November 24 through the end of the year. The bus will premiere at the Dayton Children’s Parade on Friday, November 23.

In addition, The Flyer bus service will also feature a bus decorated with snowflakes for the season. Inside the Flyer bus, customers can enjoy the custom “selfie photo booth,” to take pictures and share their experience. The Flyer is RTA’s new, free downtown shuttle bus, offering rides every 10 minutes between RiverScape MetroPark and the University of Dayton campus. The special festive Flyer will provide free rides on Saturday mornings on Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, to downtown family holiday events between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit

Riders who hop aboard the Holiday Bus through January 1 will be treated to a candy cane treat and fun “winter wonderland” decorations inside the bus. Special trips with Santa will also be offered—visit RTA’s social media pages daily to find out when! The RTA encourages all riders to “share” their Holiday Bus rides by tagging the Greater Dayton RTA on Facebook, Instagram (@iriderta) and Twitter (@GDRTA).

Thanks to RTA RideTime, people can track the bus to find out what route it’ll be on throughout the holiday season! Following the parade, the holiday bus will make appearances throughout the Dayton area, switching routes daily. The RTA will update customers daily on its Facebook page ( regarding which routes the holiday bus will be on. Or you can find the list at