RTA ending promotional rates for routes starting in September

DAYTON — Riders of the Regional Transit Authority buses will start paying more to ride starting in September after the end of promotional pricing.

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The jump in rates is part of the transit authority’s plan for an enhanced service model that will bring uniform scheduling across nearly all routes for the entire week, an RTA spokesperson said in a media release Monday.

As part of the service changes, the promotional fares offered as part of the new fare system Tapp Pay, will end September 5. The spokesperson added the change in rates is not a rate hike, but is an end of promotional fares offered since April 2021.

Tapp Pay is the fare payment system implemented after cash payments were eliminated in November 2021.

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Single trips on regular fares will return to $2, which is only a jump of 50 cents from the promotional rates. Daily price caps will now be $4 and monthly price caps will be $55 for the regular rate, which is a $15 increase from the promotional price, according to the spokesperson.

Riders receiving a reduced rate will see some changes in fares as well: Single trip now $1, daily cap $2, and the monthly cap at $32.

Paratransit riders will also see a change in rates: Single trip now $3.50, daily cap $7, and the monthly cap now a $115. The monthly cap for paratransit riders will be a jump of $85 from the promotional cap of $30, according to the spokesperson.

Beginning Sunday, August 14th, RTA buses will be extending their hours from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

The rate change will allow RTA to have all routes, with the exception of Route 55, to operate on the same schedule seven days a week, the spokesperson said. Start and end times will still vary by route and additional details about the route times will be released later.

Additional details about the RTA’s Tapp Pay system and the fare changes can be found on the RTA website.