Executives will drive Dayton RTA buses if strike hits

Executives for the Greater Dayton RTA will be among the transit authority’s backup drivers for essential operations if a strike hits Monday, according to a “strike plan” obtained by the Dayton Daily News and WHIO.

Three “c-level” executives will be among the drivers, according to the documents.

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Chief Operations Officer Jim Napier, Chief Customer & Business Development Officer Brandon Policicchio and Chief Performance Officer Gene Rhodes are among the individuals on a “qualified operators list.” Employees on the list may be required to operate vehicles during the strike, according to the documents.

The news organizations obtained the document using Ohio public records law. Much of the document, including the list of qualified operators, was redacted — or blacked out — by the transit authority without explanation. Using a computer program called an optical character reader, the news organizations were able to access and read the information blacked-out by RTA.

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Other information blacked out by RTA but accessed by the news organizations includes a list of third-party companies the bus authority could use to run Project Mobility. The companies include All USA Taxi, Dayton Fast Cab and Choices in Community Living.


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