Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
By: Amelia Robinson
— The battle for public transportation in Beavercreek will be showcased during the Dayton premiere of the award-winning documentary “Free to Ride.”
The screening will take place Sunday, July 16, at the Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton.
The film, a winner of the best documentary at the DC Independent Film Festival, highlights the efforts of ABLE ( Advocates for Basic Legal Equality) and LEAD (Leaders for Equality in Action in Dayton) to enable RTA buses to serve Beavercreek.
The screening is part of 50 Years of Fairness and Justice,
an anniversary campaign for legal aid in Greater Dayton.
Admission is free but seating is limited. Spaces can be reserved at fairnessandjustice.org/freetoride.
The movie will be followed by a 4 p.m. panel discussion and a reception from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Regional Transit Authority buses will take attendees to the reception at the Wright Stop Plaza.
Guests will intermittently be returned to the Neon.
The years-long battle between Regional Transit Authority and the city of Beavercreek ended in 2013 when council approved three bus stops along Pentagon Boulevard after first rejecting RTA’s application.
City council changed its position on the bus stops after the Federal Highway Administration determined the city’s previous rejection of the stops, in 2011, violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The city risked losing more than $10 million in federal highway funding if the council decision was not reversed.
Service on the Beavercreek route began Jan. 12, 2014.