RTA to implement fare changes beginning Feb. 18
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Jessica Olson (937) 425-8352, Communications Manager
(DAYTON, OHIO) … Due to a current sales tax revenue loss which will reduce Greater Dayton RTA’s annual revenues by $4.6 million dollars, roughly 6.2% of its overall revenue, RTA must make fare adjustments to balance the 2018 budget. These sales tax losses began in July of 2017 and are a direct result of a federally-mandated change to Ohio’s taxation of Managed Care Organizations in Ohio, also known as the MCO tax. These changes will go into effect Sunday, Feb. 18.
Cash Fares: Cash fares for adults (age 13 and up) will increase from $1.75 to $2 per boarding. Senior and disabled fare* will increase from $0.85 to $1 per boarding. Children age 12 and under and 60 inches tall and under will ride free.**
Tokens: Tokens will be eliminated and will not be sold by the RTA or any sales outlet providers. *** For those who currently have tokens, the RTA will continue to accept tokens in its fare boxes through the end of 2018.
Paratransit Services: No changes to cash and ticket prices ($3.50 per boarding) or countywide service prices ($5 per boarding.)
Passes: The weekend and family passes will be eliminated. The day pass has been reduced from $5 to $4. A reduced-fare day pass will now be offered for qualifying customers for $2*. Both day passes can be purchased when boarding the bus by telling the driver you wish to purchase the pass before inserting money into the fare box. There are no changes to the prices of the monthly, monthly senior or disabled, weekly or red and gray school passes.
Transfers: Transfers will be eliminated. Customers who previously rode two trips with transfers (a cash cost of $4) can now buy the day pass for $4 and ride unlimited the day the pass is activated on the bus.
Change Cards: No changes to the current system of providing a RTA change card to customers paying with cash.
* In order to obtain and use the reduced fares, individuals are required to provide proof of eligibility, which may include a valid RTA ID card or Medicare card.
**Children age 12 and under but over 60” tall are required to provide proof of age, which may include a valid RTA issued youth identification card or state-issued ID card. Children 6 and under and 45” in height and under must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or teacher to use RTA transportation services.
***Tokens will be accepted through 12/31/2018