Film about RTA and Beavercreek feud wins ‘best feature documentary’


Film about RTA and Beavercreek feud wins ‘best feature documentary’

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The city of Beavercreek discriminated against blacks when it denied an application by public transit to install bus stops near the mall, the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Civil Rights decided. Riders showed their support of the Greater Dayton RTA in this 2013 protest. ANDREW MCGINN/FILE

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (Feb. 21)

“Free To Ride,” the documentary about the struggles between the Greater Dayton RTA and the city of Beavercreek, won best feature documentary at the 2017 D.C. Independent Film Festival.


A feature-length documentary about the Greater Dayton RTA feud with Beavercreek over access to public transportation premiered at a Washington, D.C. film festival.

“Free To Ride” premiered Friday at the DC Independent Film Festival. The film is produced by Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

The feud between the regional transit authority and the city ended in 2013 when council approved three bus stops along Pentagon Boulevard after first rejecting RTA’s application.

The council reconsidered 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. The dispute has occasionally been revived as RTA adjusts or proposes new routes.

RTA CEO Mark Donaghy attended the movie’s premier, according to the agency. The transit authority said it is working to bring the documentary to local movie theaters.

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