Friday, March 12, 2010

Free buses will spur Dayton's economy

DAYTON — Mayor Gary Leitzell is looking at the feasibility of providing free bus service to attract businesses and tourists to the Dayton region.

“I’m looking at it as a economic development driver,” he said. “We can start by having a discussion.”

Leitzell said the idea for free bus service sprang from a discussion with Steve Johnson, president of Sinclair Community College, focusing on ways to get more people — under 30 years old — to live and spend time downtown.

“No business will come downtown if people don’t come downtown,” Leitzell said. “I was driving down Main Street and saw an RTA bus with just three people on it. I wondered if more people would come downtown if transportation was free.” DaytonDailyNews