RTA, Montgomery County providing free bus passes

A partnership between Montgomery County’s Workforce Development Department and the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will help those on unemployment with transportation needs.

Any individual who is currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits can qualify for a free monthly pass using RTA’s mobile fare system – Tapp Pay.

“We’ve seen the unemployment numbers since the pandemic shutdowns started in March, and we know a lot of people are struggling right now,” said Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commission President. “Many people looking for work visit the Job Services area of our Job Center. It’s a natural partnership to connect our customers with free transportation through the RTA.”

The free monthly passes will be available on Tapp Pay and loaded onto a smartphone by Montgomery County staff. Tapp Pay is accessed through the “Transit” app, available for both Apple and Android smartphones. Individuals can contact Montgomery County’s Business Services at (937) 225-5627 or fill out the online form at https://bit.ly/FreeBusPass, and a staff member will follow-up to approve and load the pass on a smartphone.

“RTA is proud to partner with Montgomery County in this effort to ensure citizens have the mobility they need as they transition through these difficult times,” said Sharon Hairston, RTA Board of Trustees President. “Those who have suffered employment loss during the pandemic will be provided access to all RTA services to assist them in rebuilding their lives. This joint effort supports the missions of Montgomery County and RTA to provide opportunity and serve as a bridge for those members of our community in need.”

These free bus passes will be available through Dec. 31, 2020.