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DPS partners with RTA to provide busing for high school students

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DPS Transportation (937) 542-4010.

For Immediate Release

Through a partnership with the Greater Dayton RTA, high school students in the Dayton Public Schools will now have transportation to and from school beginning August 12. 

A temporary pass for regular bus service will be given to students at their school’s orientation or on the first day of school. 

These passes will be valid every school day between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. If a student does not present their pass, he or she will be subject to a $2 fare per ride, or, a student may purchase a $4 day pass. Buses will drop students off at a regular stop.

High school busing will include two phases. Phase two will require students to use a permanent photo ID pass issued by Dayton Public Schools.

Phase 1: August 12-September 29 (temporary pass)

Students may use their temporary pass to ride any RTA bus to and from school. If lost or stolen, these passes will not be replaced by Dayton Public Schools. Students will need to purchase a new pass from RTA.

Information on which RTA buses pass near each DPS high school can be found at

Phase 2: September 30 through the end of the school year (permanent photo ID pass)

LS service routes begin September 30. At that time, permanent student photo ID passes will be honored on LS routes. If a student does not have an ID, he or she will be subject to normal fares. 

LS Service includes routes and designated stops through specific Dayton neighborhoods to service the following schools:

  • Belmont High School
  • Dunbar Early College High School
  • Meadowdale High School
  • Ponitz Career Technology Center
  • Stivers School for the Arts
  • Thurgood Marshall STEM High School

FAQ for student bus riders:

How do I get my pass?

Your school will distribute temporary passes at orientation or on the first day of school. There is no cost. Later, permanent photo ID passes will also be distributed. 

My pass was lost/stolen. What do I do?

Temporary passes will not be replaced. Contact your school if you lose your photo ID. It will be replaced for a $5 fee.

I forgot my pass. How much does it cost to ride the bus?

It will cost $2 per trip, cash only. A day pass can be purchased for $4. 

When do LS buses run?

LS buses run every school day from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning September 30. 

How do I know when the regular RTA bus will arrive?

Download the Transit App to track and save bus routes, or use the text to track feature for pickup times. For complete information on each route and designated LS Service stops (when available), visit 

How do I know when the RTA LS bus will arrive?

Pickup times for neighborhoods will be determined later on. LS Routes do not start until September 30. Please check for the latest information.

I missed my LS bus. Can I ride a different RTA bus?

No. Passes can only be used on LS buses. 

Where do I need to stand for the bus to pick me up?

You must be at the bus stop on time and stand underneath the RTA sign. RTA recommends showing up 5 minutes early to the bus stop. 

Does traffic stop for the bus?

No. Traffic does not stop for public transportation. Exercise caution when crossing the street to get on or off the bus.

I will be at school later than 5 p.m. Will I have a ride home?

LS buses stop service at 5 p.m. However, you may be eligible to earn an extended RTA bus pass from your high school if you have good attendance, no disciplinary issues, good grades and participate in extracurricular activities. 

What else should I know?

You must follow all RTA and DPS rules while riding the bus. 

The DPS Student Code of Conduct can be found at: 

Who do I call if I have additional questions?

DPS Transportation can answer additional questions. Please call (937) 542-4010.

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