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RTA Provides Free Rides Thanksgiving Day

For Immediate Release

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

(DAYTON, OHIO)—As a way to say “thank you” to the Miami Valley, the Greater Dayton RTA will be providing free rides on all buses Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These free rides are being offered in conjunction with RTA’s free transportation service to the annual Feast of Giving dinner.

The RTA is offering free rides to anyone to go anywhere along the regularly scheduled routes and through Project Mobility from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  No ticket is required: simply hop on a bus and let RTA do the driving to get you to your holiday plans. This service includes free transportation to Feast of Giving via our regularly-scheduled routes and through Project Mobility services as well.

“We’re doing our part as community partners to get people to and from the event,” said Director of Planning and Marketing Frank Ecklar.  “Riding an RTA bus or scheduling Project Mobility transportation is the most convenient choice for many Dayton residents to get to and from the Feast of Giving,” he added. 

While the Feast of Giving at the Dayton Convention Center is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., RTA is offering free rides throughout the RTA service area for an extended timeframe, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  No ticket is required to ride RTA to the event, or to have dinner Thanksgiving Day as part of the Feast of Giving.  Project Mobility rides must be scheduled no later than the day before and should be scheduled up to seven days in advance to take advantage of this free service. 

According to the event organizers, the Feast of Giving is a free Thanksgiving dinner for people who would otherwise spend the holiday alone, are homeless, in need, or just want to celebrate the occasion and fellowship by attending.  

“The Greater Dayton RTA is proud to be an important part of this event,” said Ecklar.  “We know Dayton citizens look forward to it every year.”     

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RTA is Ohio’s greenest fleet, and serves 3,300 stops on 31 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.