The DPS Bus Rider Registration form will be used by the Office of Transportation Services to determine eligibility and bus route preparation. Parents/guardians should complete this form for each student by June 30, 2023.
Transportation requests for students with disabilities are submitted by the Office of Exceptional Children and parents should not use the online request form.
TRANSPORTATION & FLEET SERVICES
4290 North James H. McGee Blvd.
Dayton, Ohio 45417
Tel: (937) 542-4010
Fax: (937) 542-4040
Yellow bus transportation is available for K-8 students.
Students in grades 9-12 may choose to ride the RTA to and from school. More information about bus pass distribution and riding the RTA is available below.
K-8 Bus Notifications
My Ride K-12 (formerly called Traversa Ride 360) is downloadable from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and can also be accessed through the Chrome browser. This app allows parents and guardians to track their student's bus in real-time and see pickup and drop off times and locations.
You will need to provide your student’s name and ID number to use the service. If you choose to use a browser to access the bus schedule and location, please visit: https://ohdaytonps.traversaride360.com/
My K-12 Ridership Alerts | My Ride K-12 Application Sheet | My Ride K-12 User Guide
View instructions for using the app below:
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RTA Route List by SchoolRTA Rules of the Roadhow to ride the rta video
INFORMATION ABOUT RTA
High school students who need transportation to and from school are welcome to use the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The district will be providing monthly RTA passes to high school students who live 1.5 miles or more from the school. Please review more information below about pass distribution and using the RTA.
Each month, high schools will distribute new monthly RTA passes to students who live 1.5 miles or more from the school. Throughout the school year, high schools will distribute these passes prior to the last day of the month so students always have an active pass.
There are several ways to find a route that will stop near a student’s home and high school. Bus stop frequency varies by route.
Google/Apple Maps: Using a phone or desktop, open Google or Apple Maps and type in the high school the student attends. Next, change the mode of travel by tapping the bus icon. The map will now display the entire route from walking to the bus stop, riding the bus, exiting the bus, and walking to the final destination. If the starting location is not automatically filled in, type in the home address or other starting location.
Transit App: The free Transit App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Using the Transit App, type in the starting location and add the high school as the final destination. The app will then display the RTA route one should take. The Transit App will also tell the user when to start walking to the bus stop in order to arrive just before the bus pulls up.
RTA Website: The RTA website allows users to view each route schedule in detail. Routes are each assigned a number. To view the route schedule, please visit iriderta.org to view maps, stop locations, and arrival times.
Click here to view a route list by school.
Students should arrive at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. While waiting for the bus, students should make themselves visible so the driver knows they are waiting. Standing and waving as the bus approaches is a good practice to follow. Students should be fare ready by having their pass in hand when boarding the bus.
Upon entering the bus, students will need to tap their pass on the payment reader. The passes are good for an unlimited number of rides in a 31-day period. The 31-day period begins the first time the pass is tapped on the payment reader. It is good practice for students to write the date of the first scan and expiration date on the pass.
If students receive their new pass before the old one expires, they should not activate the new pass until it is needed to ensure they continue to have unlimited rides throughout the next month.
Riding the Bus
After boarding the bus and paying for the ride, students should either take a seat or stand and hold onto a handrail or safety strap. If students choose to stand, they must stay behind the yellow line at the front of the bus.
Other rules of the road include:
- No smoking of any kind.
- No eating or drinking. Food or drinks must be in a sealed container.
- When listening to music, wear headphones.
- Refrain from speaking on cell phones.
- Customers must not use profanity or engage in disruptive behavior.
- Vandalism of RTA property is not tolerated.
- Customers must keep the aisles clear to allow others to pass.
- If there is limited seating, please allow older customers and those with disabilities to sit down near the front of the bus.
Students should follow these rules and any other instructions provided by the driver. If rules are not followed, passengers may be removed from the bus.
Click here to view all RTA rules of the road.
Students should signal to the driver that they need off by pulling the cord on the side of the bus. Students should pull the cord after they pass the last stop just before the one they need.
When exiting the bus, students should exit through the rear door to allow people entering the bus to use the front door.
Remember that traffic does not stop for transit vehicles. Students should never cross in front of the bus, and should obey all traffic laws and watch for oncoming traffic after exiting. After exiting the bus, students can continue walking to their final destination.
Students are encouraged to practice taking the RTA to and from school prior to the first day. Students should practice on weekdays or on Saturdays. Sunday routes do not align with weekday routes.
If students need help while practicing their route, bus drivers can assist them with finding their way. Students can also call the RTA customer service line at 937-425-8300 for further assistance.
The Transportation Department provides the community a safe, professional and efficient means to transport eligible students in the Dayton area.
We provide transportation for students to and from school, athletic events and field trips. Transportation is also provided for special events as assigned by the district superintendent. Our school bus fleet travels over 8,000 miles per day and over 1.5 million miles a school year!
The Dayton Public Schools Transportation Department has received the highest marks for safety and reliability from the annual Ohio State Highway Patrol inspection team. We strive to provide safe and reliable transportation for our students by effectively managing time, resources and personnel.