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RTA 50th Anniversary Celebration
November 25 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Join the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in celebrating 50 years of providing essential public transportation to the greater Dayton community at our public event on Nov. 25, 2022, at Wright Stop Plaza from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., as part of the annual Downtown Dayton Holiday Festival which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The family-friendly event will include a kids area with balloons, shirts, and coloring books, as well as an educational presentation on the history of RTA, a photobooth, and 50th Anniversary T-shirts for adults. This event coincides with the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade held on Courthouse Square, across the street from Wright Stop Plaza. To commemorate this historic milestone, RTA will also run a “transit happy hours” promotion. Starting Friday, Nov. 4, all rides after 5 p.m. will be free Monday through Friday until Dec. 30.
The RTA got the idea from an old system map from the 1970s that offered a similar promotion. The free rides after five apply to both fixed-route and paratransit services. Riders can also still take advantage of free weekends every Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 1, 2023. The Dayton region has built its transportation foundation on more than a century of progress. The first known public transportation system started in 1870, with a horse-drawn streetcar line that ran along a section of Third Street, from what is now James H. McGee Boulevard to Findlay Street. In August 1888, the first electric line began service in Dayton. To this day, Dayton has the distinction of having the longest running, continuously electric-propelled transit lines in the United States. On Nov. 4, 1972, the Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority was created after it purchased the assets of City Transit, serving the cities of Dayton, Oakwood and Kettering. Since then, a lot has changed over the past 50 years: