RTA offers free Germanfest shuttle rides

The 33rd Annual Germanfest Picnic in Dayton, held at Carillon Park, Aug. 12 - 14, proved to be a fun (and tasty) way to spend your weekend in the Gem City.  (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

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The 33rd Annual Germanfest Picnic in Dayton, held at Carillon Park, Aug. 12 - 14, proved to be a fun (and tasty) way to spend your weekend in the Gem City.  (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

For the first time ever the Greater Dayton RTA will be providing free shuttle service to thousands that will be traveling downtown for the 34th annual Dayton Germanfest picnic.

Dayton RTA and Germanfest officials announced Monday the two were partnering to make this year's celebration more special.

RTA buses will operate in a continuous loop starting north on Jefferson Street, taking several other routes that end the loop back on Jefferson Street.

Officials for the picnic have said there will be several temporary stops located along the shuttle route, so festival attendees will only have to wait a few minutes at a stop to catch the next bus.

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The Germanfest picnic is scheduled to take place Aug. 11-13.

RTA bus schedules will run as follows for the event:

  • 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11;
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12; and
  • 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.

The picnic is hosted by the Dayton Liederkranz-Turner club.

It will be held at RiverScape MetroPark for the first time in the event’s history with extended hours.

To find out about bus reroutes and roads that will be closed during the celebration visit here.

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The 33rd Annual Germanfest Picnic in Dayton, held at Carillon Park, Aug. 12 - 14, proved to be a fun (and tasty) way to spend your weekend in the Gem City.  (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

The 33rd Annual Germanfest Picnic in Dayton, held at Carillon Park, Aug. 12 - 14, proved to be a fun (and tasty) way to spend your weekend in the Gem City.  (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

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The 33rd Annual Germanfest Picnic in Dayton, held at Carillon Park, Aug. 12 - 14, proved to be a fun (and tasty) way to spend your weekend in the Gem City.  (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

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