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RTA buses back on the road

RTA buses back on the road (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WRGT) - After a four-day strike, RTA drivers and mechanics are back on the job. Buses rolled out of the hub this morning at 3:00 a.m. Friday morning restoring service to 30,000 riders in the Miami Valley.

Riders we talked to had varying emotions about the strike. Some were happy that members of the ATU Local 1385 stood their ground, but others were upset about the strike. "Some of them lost their jobs, so it's kind of mixed," Michael Williams told us, who rides RTA.

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RTA and Union leaders came to an agreement late Wednesday night (Jan. 11) after negotiating more than 13 hours. RTA's Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, January 17, at 8:30 a.m. to ratify the Union's new contract. Union members haven't voted yet on the agreement yet, but are expected to do so next week. Glenn Salyer, president of Local 1385 said he didn't expect any problems with passing the agreement.

Through the end of January, RTA is offering riders a "pay what you want fare" as a way to thank them for their patience through the strike. The proceeds from the promotion will benefit the Foodbank Dayton.

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