A dangerous stop? Dayton officials worry about RTA riders

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 10:03 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

            Vehicles drive by the bus stop across from the Woodman Drive Apartments. The posted speed limit is 45 mph, but some vehicles travel at much faster speeds. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Vehicles drive by the bus stop across from the Woodman Drive Apartments. The posted speed limit is 45 mph, but some vehicles travel at much faster speeds. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Some planning commission officials and neighbors say a bus stop on the shoulder of a busy Dayton roadway is unsafe and should be moved.

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority has a bus stop on the eastern side of Woodman Drive, north of U.S. 35, across from the Woodman Park Apartments.

The stop is for the Route 11 bus, which heads downtown before traveling south to the Kettering Medical Center and then out to the Greene Town Center.

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But that is not a safe location for people to stand and wait for a ride, according to some Dayton Plan board members.

“And it’s going to encourage people to run across Woodman Drive to get to that bus stop …” said board member Greg Scott.

Board member Beverly Pendergast said, “I noticed that the other day, when I was driving down, and saw somebody standing there and thought, ‘What a stupid place for a bus to stop.’ ”

The speed limit on the road is 45 mph, but some motorists fly by at faster speeds.

The shoulder’s length is roughly the width of a mid-sized sedan. There is a guard rail, but there is a fairly steep slope on the safer side of it. The stop is in

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Greater Dayton RTA CEO Mark Donaghy said while the stops at Woodman are not in the best place, they can be made safely by the agency’s professional operators.

If eliminated, Donaghy said, the nearest stops would require people to walk a considerable distance on the shoulder of Wodoman Drive, which would be less safe.

“Like many suburban locations, developments have occurred in the area in question that call for transit service but lack sidewalks or other pedestrian amenities,” he said.

The stop serves the Woodman Park Apartments, which has 520 units. The stop has an average of five daily riders. Some residents said they take the No. 11 bus frequently.

Evelyn Bicknell, 72, says she catches the bus downtown about five or six times a week.

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Bicknell said she wishes there was some sort of lighting at the stop, because it does not feel safe when it’s still dark in the early morning and she needs to wait on the side of the road.

“Even in day time — you know how people drive down this road — if you don’t step back far enough, you could get hit and run over,” she said.

Crossing the road also can be challenging during heavy periods of traffic, she said.

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Woodman Drive is on the municipal boundary line for the cities of Dayton and Riverside. The Woodman Park Apartments are in Dayton. The stop is in Riverside.

Riverside City Manager Mark Carpenter said the city of Riverside would support relocating a bus stop if it was deemed unsafe for riders.

However, he said, he has not heard any complaints about this particular stop.

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Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

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Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

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Today’s highlights of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:40 PM

The gates have opened for the 2018 Dayton Air Show.


HIGHLIGHTS: F-22 Raptor takes over Dayton skiesCincinnati’s Redline Aerobatic TeamJet-powered WACO biplane |  Tuskegee Airmen P-51C MustangOracle biplane doesn’t believe in the laws of physics |

Satureday’s lineup of feature flying acts included: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

3:35 p.m. U.S. Navy Blue Angels

The iconic U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in a tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration. The F-18 generators of their aircraft are made by GE Aviation in Vandalia.


2:55 p.m. Jet Waco

The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco is a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco that can fly vertically and has a loud roar to please the crowds.

2:40 p.m. Tora, Tora, Tora

This is the dramatic recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.


2:30 p.m. CareFlight Dedication

CareFlight, the air-medical transport service, is celebrating 35 years of service by participating in the air show.

2:15 p.m. Heritage Flight

2 p.m. U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor

This is a rare appearance in Dayton of the world’s most formidable stealth fighter, which can reach supersonic airspeeds of Mach 1.5 without using the afterburner.

1:47 p.m. Sean Tucker

Sean Tucker, one of the world’s best aviators and recognized as one of the Living Legends of Flight, learned to fly to conquer a fear of flying. He serves as chairman of the Young Eagles Program and works with at-risk children through the Every Kid Can Fly program. He also offers the Sean D. Tucker Young Eagles Essay contest for a chance to win a flight with him ahead of the air show.

1:30 p.m. Redline Airshows

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team returns to the Dayton skies with their formation flying.

1:20 p.m. B-17 Movie Memphis Belle

The movie Memphis Belle commemorates the real B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress World War II heavy bomber.

1 p.m.: Vicky Benzing

The accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer and air racer brings her high-energy and action-packed routine to Dayton for the first time.


12:30 p.m.: U.S. Army Golden Knights

The Golden Knights paratroopers, formed in 1959, last appeared in Dayton in 2015. They thrill spectators with intricate canopy work along with their etreme-precision skydiving formations and landings.

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The aircraft inspires spectators in the air as well as on the ground.

Noon: Redline Tease

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team gives a hint of its performance to come.


9 a.m.:

Gates are open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.

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Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Here’s how to avoid a major two-day road closure in Huber Heights

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:09 PM


A major thoroughfare in Huber Heights will be closed for two days.

Bellfontaine Road will be closed Monday and Tuesday between Chambersburg Road and Taylorsville Road for instillation of a new water main across the roadway, according to the city.

There will be no local through access, but there will be local access to homes and businesses in the area, primarily from the Taylorsville Road side, said Clerk of Council Anthony Rodgers.

Traffic will be detoured to Brandt Pike.

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RTA offers express shuttle service to Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

The Greater Dayton RTA will provide transport to the Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend. 

Air conditioned buses will run an express shuttle service on a continuous loop from the U.S. Air Force Museum parking lot and Wright Stop Plaza directly to the air show's main gate. 

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The park-and-ride service will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles leave approximately every 10 minutes. 

Round-trip cost is $3 and free for children 5 and younger. Cash is the only payment method accepted. 

The regular fare structure applies from the downtown Wright Stop Plaza location. 

For more information, call 937-425-8300 or visit www.iriderta.org.

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