Ohio: RTA Renovations to Cost $750K to $800K

TROTWOOD - The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority presented an updated strategic plan to city council at its June 6 meeting.

John Thomas, RTA's Chief Maintenance Officer said renovation and completion of the Northwest Transit Center in Trot-wood will cost between $750,000 to $800,000.

According to Thomas, the renovation of amenities includes new charging stations for cell phones, laptops and computers, as well as renovation and construction of new restrooms and waiting and ticket areas.

Thomas said he could not give a definitive date for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the northwest facility until negotiation will possible vendors are complete.

When the negotiations are finalized, Thomas said he is hopeful that the renovated transit center "will be a very attractive and functional facility for the community."

Thomas said he hopes the facility will spur future development for Trot-wood to benefit everyone, including RTA's bus ridership.

Frank Ecklar, RTA director of planning and marketing, reported to council that RTA ridership in Trotwood is 425,000. Much of the city's volume comes from Consumer Square and various apartment complexes and daycare facilities, he said.

Ecklar said the Greater Dayton RTA has made improvements to the Northwest Transit Center, which includes the newly relocated Greyhound bus terminal on Shiloh Springs Road in Trotwood.

In other business

Council voted 7-0 authorizing the city manager to execute a collective bargaining agreement with Public Works employees beginning April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2014. Council approved a negotiated $500 lump sum payment for Public Works employees in 2011, a 2 percent wage increase in 2012, and a wage reopener in 2013.

Health insurance premiums negotiated for Public Works employees is for a three-year period and is equal to the other nonunion employees and bargaining units in the city and requires public works employees to pay: 0 percent increase the first year; a 1 percent increase the second year; and a 2 percent increase in the third year of the agreement.

Council voted 7-0 to approve a resolution to award a one-time lump sum of $500 to Trotwood City's full-time non-union employees and a $250 lump sum payment to certain regular part-time nonunion employees.

City Manager Mike Lucking said these onetime lump sum awards allow non-union employees to receive lump sum payments that are "consistent with the city's efforts to treat union and non-union employees similarly."

Non-union employees are required to match the same increases in health insurance premiums negotiated with the city's unions.

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