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.
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.