Sinclair students react to end of RTA driver and mechanic union strike

DAYTON (WRGT)-- Amber Watson is one of the 30,000 people who depend on the RTA. She is a student at Sinclair Community College.

"I don't drive. I rely on the bus to get to doctor's appointments, to get to school, to get to the grocery (store),"

Several buses serve the community college. The bus stop benches have been empty since the strike began Monday. Sinclair estimates about 1,500 of its students rely on the RTA buses.

Watson says she's been lucky and was able to find rides to where she needed to go this week.

"It really made me appreciate the buses more because independence is a big thing for me. I try to be as independent as possible and not ask people for rides and just ride the bus where I need to go," said Watson.

The college told students to get in touch with their professors as soon as possible to let them know if they would have trouble finding a ride.

We also talked with Paul Lara. He says he's lucky he doesn't completely depend on the RTA buses.

"Me and my wife share a car so my wife had to get off early to come pick me up, stuff like that," said Lara.

Lara is not a student at Sinclair but he knows how tough the strike has been for some of them.

"Because I work down here in the school and I'm listening to a lot of students having to walk 3-4 miles to get to school," said Lara.

Watson says she'll never take her friendly bus driver for granted.

"Maybe not every rider appreciates them but I appreciate them a great deal because they get me where I need to go. Without them, I wouldn't have a life," said Watson.

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