RTA votes to increase fares, end some routes

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 5:58 PM


            RTA board members voted today to increase prices for riders and eliminate some routes to save make up for the loss of $4.6 million in sales tax revenue from Medicaid managed care. LISA POWELL / STAFF
RTA board members voted today to increase prices for riders and eliminate some routes to save make up for the loss of $4.6 million in sales tax revenue from Medicaid managed care. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Some bus routes will be eliminated and fares for riders who pay cash will increase under a plan members of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority board approved this afternoon.

The finance committee approved the changes last month.

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RTA leaders have said changes are need because of a $4.6 million loss of sales tax revenue the agency will no longer receive from Medicaid managed care. Other government agencies also are losing that sale tax revenue, which for RTA amounted to 6 percent of RTA’s revenue.

The changes will take effect Feb. 18.

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The plan eliminates $1.50 tokens and increases single-boarding cash fares from $1.75 to $2. Those who currently pay cash —about a fifth of RTA’s customers — will see the increase.

RTA officials noted that the price for a day pass will decrease from $5 to $4 under the new proposal.

Ricky Skaggs to play Miamisburg bicentennial this spring

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 12:37 AM

Ricky Skaggs (October 2012 photo)
Ricky Skaggs (October 2012 photo)

Multiple Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs will perform as part of Miamisburg's bicentennial celebration in June.

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Kettering Health Network-Sycamore on Tuesday night announced Skaggs' concert will be June 20, organizers said. 

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The performance will be the centerpiece of a weeklong celebration of Miamisburg's 200th birthday, according to the bicentennial committee. 

Skaggs has won seven Grammys, including five for best bluegrass album.

Child, adult taken to hospital after car slides on ice, rolls

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 3:37 AM

An adult and child were taken to an area hospital as a precaution following a rollover crash early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 3 a.m. on Clyo Road at Ole Quaker Court. Officials said the vehicle slid on a patch of ice, rolling over.

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A second adult in the vehicle was not injured.

A salt truck was requested to the scene.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 12:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 1:16 AM

SCENE: Vehicle strikes pole on North Findlay Street

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Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents

  • North Findlay is shut down in the 400 block in Dayton after a crash around 12:50 a.m. A car crashed into a pole after the driver lost control. The driver was taken to an area hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • I-70 between Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Brooksville-Phillipsburg Road, Lane closure Jan. 22 - 29. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Shoulder closures Jan. 22 - Sept. 30. Both the inside and outside shoulders of I-70 will be closed during construction. 

Psychiatric patient fails to return to Cincinnati hospital, may be headed to Dayton area

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:04 PM

A patient who failed to return to Summit Behavior Healthcare Hospital at her appropriate time while on a pass may be headed to Montgomery County.

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The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services was notified that Jacqulyn Thompson, 40, failed to return to the hospital Tuesday.

Thompson is a patient of the state psychiatric hospital, 1101 Summit Road in Cincinnati.

Thompson has family in Montgomery County and could be headed there, Jamie Carmichael of OhioMHAS said Tuesday night.

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Police are working to find Thompson. She is 5-foot-5 and weighs 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

If you know Thompson, see her or know of her whereabouts, you are asked to notify the Cincinnati Police Department at 513-765-1212.