After a years-long dispute between the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority and the City of Beavercreek, three new RTA bus stops began service this morning along Pentagon Boulevard.
Community leaders from Leaders for Equality in Action in Dayton and the NAACP gathered this morning just after 6 a.m. at Wright State University to join together in a prayer before taking the first bus to the new stops.
The additions to the RTA route were first suggested in March 2011, but were denied by the City of Beavercreek. After a challenge by LEAD, an unfavorable Highway Administration decision and the risk of losing $10.7 million of federal highway money, Beavercreek City Council voted last fall to approve the stops.
Passengers on the new Route 1 can use one inbound and two outbound stops. An outbound, or eastbound stop, is located near the Clark State Community College Beavercreek Campus; both an inbound and outbound stop sit across from each other between the mall and the Walmart and Sam's Club stores.
The new stops are on the same route that serves Wright State University. Alternating Route 1 trips will extend service to the new Pentagon Boulevard stops. Service intervals at the new stops will be 60-70 minutes during weekdays and about 90 minutes on weekends, according to the RTA.
In addition to serving workers and shoppers at the mall and area businesses, the new extended route also stops near the Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center.