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RTA plans public meetings to discuss potential service cuts, fare increases due to sales tax revenue reductions

RTA plans public meetings to discuss potential service cuts, fare increases due to sales tax revenue reductions

Oct. 13, 2017                                                                                               For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO) … As a result of pending statewide managed care organization (MCO) sales tax reductions for counties and regional transit authorities, the RTA stands to lose $4.5 million dollars of critical revenue annually, roughly 6.2% of its overall revenue. The agency will hold public hearings on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, to discuss proposed service changes needed due to this revenue loss and collect community feedback.

RTA services are a lifeline for many and support the community by connecting people to jobs, healthcare and educational opportunities. Sales tax revenue is critical in order to fund RTA services and this potential loss of revenue requires that the RTA consider the following service reductions and fare increases for early February 2018.

Proposed service reductions and adjustments are based on ridership levels and overall trip and route productivity in order to minimize the impact to RTA customers. The recommendations would reduce RTA’s annual service hours by approximately 8 percent from current levels.

Route Elimination – The following routes could be eliminated as part of the service reduction:

  • X1A
  • X1B
  • Route 40
  • Route 41
  • Route 61
  • LS Service – Meadowdale, Belmont, Thurgood Marshall and Dunbar (June 2018) 

Service Day(s) Elimination – The following routes could have certain service days eliminated:

  • Route 23 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Route 60 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Route 11 (Sunday)
  • Route 19 (Sunday)
  • Route 22 (Sunday)
  • Route 24 (Sunday) 

Other Service Reductions and Changes –

  • Proposed elimination of several weekday and weekend trips on city and county routes.
  • Connect paratransit customers outside ADA service area are provided countywide services as a result of service reductions (where applicable).

Fare Recommendations – RTA is also recommending the potential implementation of several fare increases and changes to begin in February 2018, including:

  • Elimination of transfers
  • Elimination of change cards
  • Elimination of tokens
  • Elimination of family and weekend pass
  • Implementation of the $4 day pass; includes two free qualifying children with each adult who purchases a day pass
  • Increase fare to $2 per boarding for cash/coin adult paying customers
  • Implement a $2 day pass for reduced fare customers
  • Increase fare to $1 per boarding for cash/coin reduced fare paying customers
  • Increase paratransit ticket to $4 per boarding

 Public Hearings

As a result of the potential service and fare recommendations, the RTA will hold public meetings to discuss these changes on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.  Customers and the community are invited to attend the public workshops held by the RTA below:


Date:
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: 2nd floor Multipurpose Room at Wright Stop Plaza, 4 S. Main St., Dayton


Date:
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Time: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: 2nd floor Multipurpose Room at Wright Stop Plaza, 4 S. Main St., Dayton


The purpose of the public workshops is to receive input into the planning process regarding proposed fare increases and proposed service reductions and adjustments scheduled for implementation in February 2018.

The RTA encourages individuals, groups, agencies and private providers of transportation to comment on the proposed fare increases, service and route adjustments. Comments will be received verbally or in writing at the community forums. The public can also submit written comments via email at speakup@greaterdaytonrta.org or they may be received by calling (937) 425-8339.

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RTA is Ohio’s greenest fleet, and serves 3,300 stops on 35 routes throughout Montgomery and parts of Greene County. The agency operates diesel, hybrid diesel, and electric trolley buses that take people to work, school and shopping. Customers ride RTA on more than 9 million passenger trips each year. RTA is committed to providing the highest levels of customer service as the region’s first choice for alternative transportation.