RTA to implement fare changes beginning Feb. 18
Jan. 18, 2018
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
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 of the pass purchase.
Change Cards: No changes to the current system of providing
* 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