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RTA Bus Stop Rolls into New Beavercreek Location
GREENE COUNTY -- Beavercreek has a new bus stop. The ride to The Mall at Fairfield Commons has gotten a little easier for those without a car.
After a long debate, Beavercreek now has a new stop on Pentagon Boulevard. And many people in the area have been filling the bus to get to the mall.
Before this bus stop, the closest stop to the Fairfield Mall was on Colonel Glenn Highway, near Wright State University.
Many Wright State students and other people in the area had to walk more than a mile through busy traffic to get to the mall from that stop.
The new bus stop on Pentagon Boulevard did not come easily. When the stop was proposed in 2011, Beavercreek City Council voted against it.
Council members did not support the bus stop until the Federal Highway Administration ruled that the rejection of the stops violated the Civil Rights Act.
As a result, Beavercreek could have lost $10 million in Federal funding.
ABC 22 / FOX 45 caught up with a bus rider out of Dayton and he says the new stop will be a great addition in the community.
The RTA director tells us discussions for the new Beavercreek bus stops began about four years ago.
Now that the stop at Pentagon Boulevard is open, it will help end the struggle for a lot of people in the area.
Beavercreek has already voted and approved of two more bus in the area.
BEAVERCREEK -- Sunday morning, RTA dropped off its first bus load of riders at a new location in Beavercreek.
The Pentagon Boulevard location near the Mall at Fairfield Commons is one of three to be put in the Beavercreek area.
The bus stop comes after years of controversy after council members didn't want to bring the new location to the area.
The stops happened though after the Federal Highway Administration ruled the city would violate people's civil rights by not allowing them.
We caught up with Ray Guy who rode the bus early Sunday to get to work at Walmart.
Guy says he usually has to walk more than a mile near traffic from the previous bus stop to get to work.
"I work here about six days a week. So, it means a lot that I don't have to walk to and from that other bus stop," said Guy.
Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton, or LEAD, has been active in fighting for the bus stops, "We're connecting the east side and west side from county to county," said LEAD President Pastor Bruce Burns.
RTA Executive Director Mark Donaghy says it has been a four-year process for them and now they can connect people to where they need to go, "that's what we've always been about. Trying to give access to jobs to people in the community who are looking for employment."
Beavercreek council members have already voted and approved the other two locations.
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