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UPDATE: Beavercreek RTA Controversy Continues
BEAVERCREEK -- Three proposed RTA bus stops near the Mall at Fairfield Commons are the center of a major controversy again. The stops will be built on Pentagon Blvd., but only if council approves of the applications.
The city already voted down RTA's bus stop applications but they caught some serious flack from the federal government. Monday night was a potential step forward for RTA. Council approved of a timeline that requires them to vote on the applications again October 14.
The city manager, council members and the city attorney all refused to comment on the decision despite our repeat requests both in person and on the phone.
"I want to say they almost like the tension. For the city that says we're transparent, I don't believe they're being forthcoming with information," said the Rev. Bruce Burns, who leads a group that's been pushing for the bus stops near the mall.
"It would be a great win for those seeking job and medical attention. Some veterans I know come to the medical center out here," he said.
"This is not about economics or race. This is entirely about protecting our community's businesses and investments that have been made in our community," said Beavercreek resident Kathy Bryan, who is against the stops.
Many people both for and against the bus stops aren't necessarily satisfied with the decision to approve of a timeline to re-hear the applications.
Public transit proponents worry council is just putting the issue on the back burner again. Those against the stops are concerned council will soon allow RTA buses near Fairfield Commons.
"This is a parenting issue. This is about parents letting their kids get on the bus unchaperoned and hang out at the mall," Bryan said.
Monday night, council also approved a timeline for them to vote on changes to current city regulations on bus stop applications. Right now the rules obviously make the process quite time-consuming.
BEAVERCREEK -- The Beavercreek City Council is voting on a plan Monday night that could bring the city one step closer to having bus stops near the Mall at Fairfield Commons.
The RTA has been trying to get Beavercreek Council to approve of installing three bus stops near the mall for the past two years. The vote Monday night is another step in the tedious process that the city says is necessary to move forward. But here's the key: we still don't know if the end result of all this will be council approving of the RTA bus stop application as it stands right now. More changes may have to be made. According to the city manager, the council is expected to approve a timeline that would require a vote on the bus stop proposal on October 14. RTA and other supporters of the bus stops consider the move progress.
"It would be a great win for those seeking job and medical attention. Some veterans I know come to the medical center out here," said the Rev. Bruce Burns, President of Leaders for Equality and Action Greater Dayton.
Tonight on FOX 45 at 10pm and ABC 22 at 11pm, we ask the city why the process to build bus stops in Beavercreek is so lengthy, plus find out when RTA believes bus stops near the Fairfield Mall will be up and running.
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