The union representing the Greater Dayton RTA drivers and mechanics filed an intent to strike effective Jan. 9, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 announced last week. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

DPS, Sinclair College weigh in on possible Dayton RTA strike

UPDATE @ 2:50 p.m. (Dec. 4)

Sinclair Community College officials are hopeful a Greater Dayton RTA strike will be avoided in coming days, noting a strike could “negatively impact” the institution’s students.

“The RTA serves a very important function for many Sinclair students, providing them with transportation to the education they need,” said Adam Murka, Sinclair’s spokesman. “It is our hope that this issue will be resolved as quickly as possible so that it does not negatively impact students.”

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The community college system has in recent months promoted ventures between it, the University of Dayton and the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority.

ORIGINAL REPORT

Dayton Public Schools officials said the district is “financially limited” in providing options for high school students who would lose transportation during a Greater Dayton RTA strike.

DPS officials are “closely monitoring the status of negotiations” between RTA and the union representing its drivers and mechanics. The union has threatened to strike beginning Jan. 9 if a new contract is not reached.

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RTA bus and trolley service is an option for 4,414 DPS high school students who choose to use it, DPS officials said, while younger students are transported by the district’s bus service.

DPS said it did not keep records of the number of students actually using RTA service, but also noted the district doesn’t have funding to transport any high school students.

This newsroom has asked RTA for an estimated number of high school students using its system.

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DPS spokeswoman Jill Drury said “the district is considering every alternative available to students who currently ride the RTA to and from school, and would be affected should a strike occur.”

“We are hopeful that the RTA will reach an agreement to avert a strike, as our options are financially limited,” she said in a statement. “Should you have any questions or concerns regarding RTA negotiations, please call the RTA at 425-8300.”

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