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RTA named ODOT “Transit System of the Year”

For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO) … The Greater Dayton RTA was awarded the title of “Transit System of the Year” by the Ohio Department of Transportation at its annual Civil Rights Symposium for Transportation held this week in Columbus.

The award recognizes an outstanding public transit system that advocates for and provides safe and reliable personal mobility by offering public transportation in and among Ohio’s urban and rural areas. Through a public transit network, RTA connects underserved communities with their increased need for convenient, affordable public transportation to jobs, medical appointments, shopping, and recreational activities.

“This award is a testament to the work each and every RTA employee does every day in serving our community,” RTA CEO Mark Donaghy said.

The RTA advocates for customers’ rights to equal access to transportation in the Dayton region, said Juleda Stoltz, ODOT’s Southwest Regional Outreach Manager for the southwest part of the state, who nominated the GDRTA for this year’s award.

“They also have assisted their customers in the past by offering free rides on all services on Thanksgiving Day.  Part of this is to ensure customers can attend the Dayton Feast of Giving to receive a free hot meal for the holiday regardless of housing situation or economic status,” Stoltz wrote in her nomination letter.

Almost 700 RTA employees work daily to serve 30,000 customers each day between its fixed-route and paratransit services. As the needs of the community continue to shift, including a growing senior population and changes to job centers across the region, the RTA is dedicated to ensuring safe and reliable access for all.

Donaghy and RTA Board of Trustees members, including board president Sharon Hairston, Adrienne Heard, and Sharon Howard, attended the symposium and accepted the award on behalf of the agency in front of a crowd of more than 250 people. Ohio's Civil Rights Symposium for Transportation is an annual meeting to explore the value that diversity and inclusion brings to both the industry and the state, gathering thought leaders from business, government, and academia to hold discussions on issues related to contracting, business development, regulatory compliance, and the future of transportation.

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Greater Dayton RTA board members Sharon Hairston, Adrienne Heard and Sharon Howard with RTA CEO Mark Donaghy attended the ODOT Civil Rights Symposium to receive the Transit System of the Year Award.