- Posted January 17, 2014 by
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Let People Ride Leads Historic Ride Jan 12 2014
Leads Historic Ride Jan 12 2014
Updated on Monday · Taken at The Fairfield Commons Mall
Three and half years ago ago what started out as a simple expansion of service turned into a turned into a fist fight royal that harkens back to the freedom rides of the 1960. The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) wanted to expand its area of service from Wright State University to the Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. The Beavercreek commission position was the expansion of service would affect the quality of live, safety and welfare of the community. On the other hand the RTA submitted the required paper work with Beavercreek government as prescribed by ordinance--only to be denied by the Beavercreek city commission for perceived concerns. The rhetoric boiled down to 'them' people that concerned the Beavercreek commission vs the RTA requesting three bus stops in or around the Fairfield Commons as prescribed by ordinance. It seems there was a second set of unwritten rules vetting new business when it is perceived to be non-conforming to community standards. The RTA amended their application many times to accommodate those concerns again only to be turned down by the city commission. The Beavercreek commission experienced an epiphany after the ruling by Department Of Transportation on the complaint filed by Advocates for Basic Legal Equity on behalf of LEADS. The ruling boiled down to if Beavercreek continued to hold on to its blocking the RTA service---the DOT would withhold federal highway funds from the city.
January 12th 2014 at 6:31 AM the first bus going from Wright State University to Pentagon Road started. Mark Donaghy, Executive Director, RTA drove the bus.
The cost of the route expansion for RTA was $200,000. The cost of fighting this expansion is unknown. Leaves one with the thought--'when will they ever learn' or 'when will it ever end'.