A Greater Dayton RTA strike could impact employers and schools beginning Jan. 9 if the transit authority and the union representing its drivers and mechanics cannot reach a new collective bargaining agreement.
- Dayton Public Schools will be unable to provide high school transportation if RTA strikes.
- Sinclair Community College officials said they are hopeful the strike will be avoided.
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.”
The community college system has in recent months promoted ventures between it, the University of Dayton and the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority.
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.
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.
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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