RTA offers free rides in January, buses roll Friday morning

WDTN Photo

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – RTA and union representatives have completed their work getting the new agreement on paper.

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority CEO Mark Donaghy tells 2 NEWS RTA will offer free rides for the month of January. The step comes as a thank you to customers for their patience during the strike. The program is billed as “pay what you want” and the proceeds collected in fare boxes will for to the Dayton Foodbank.

RTA said in a release, “Customers can choose to ride free if they wish, but the RTA encourages everyone to support those who are in need in our region.”

Mechanics will return to work Thursday night and buses will begin rolling again at 4:00 Friday morning.

The fences around the RTA will begin coming down Thursday evening. The RTA tells 2 NEWS taking those fences down is a big job and will take several days, but the public will have access to Wright Stop Plaza as soon as service resumes Friday.

Earlier Thursday, Glenn Salyer, president of the Amalgamated Transit Workers local 1385 told 2 NEWS Thursday part of the verbal agreement between the union and the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Union is to get drivers and mechanics back on duty Friday. But that is not the end of it.

Both sides met Thursday at the Crowne Plaza again to get the details of the agreement on paper. The contract will be presented to the union membership for a vote Tuesday and Salyer says he is confident the contract will be ratified.

2 NEWS caught up with Salyer and union representatives as they went into the talks.

2 NEWS App users click here to watch

The agreement also has to be approved by the RTA, which is expected to happen when the RTA Board meets Tuesday morning. RTA took to Twitter Thursday signaling their confidence in the agreement reached.

2 NEWS will continue to follow this developing story and keep you updated with the latest information both on WDTN.com and 2 NEWS.

WDTN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s