Wright Stop Plaza Transit Center
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) recently opened its new, state-of-the-art transit center between Main and Jefferson Streets. The new transit center helps improve pedestrian flow at Third and Main Streets while enhancing amenities for RTA customers whose origin or destination is downtown. The Wright Stop Plaza Transit Center also brings new retail opportunities to Wright Stop Plaza tenants.
The center is packed with new technology features, including informational kiosks and easy-to-read digital signage with real-time bus arrival and departure displays. The sheltered waiting area features architectural "rooms without walls" that define well-lit platform sections, full accessibility for customers with disabilities, Wi-Fi accessibility and climate control for winter conditions.
Goals of this project included:
- Improve the visual appeal of Wright Stop Plaza
- Make the area more pedestrian friendly
- Improve transit service quality for downtown
- Eliminate extensive bus queuing along Main Street
- Relocate RTA customers to a safe environment, protected from inclement weather
- Support Convention Center events and activities
- Separate transit services from adjacent retail uses
- Increase the level of security and safety in the area
The new transit center called for conversion of Jefferson Street to two-way traffic between Third and Fourth Streets to facilitate bus routing within the central business district. RTA was able to remove bus stops within approximately a two-block radius of Third and Main Streets, thereby relieving congestion on the roadways.
Construction began in June of 2008, and the new transit center opened in early September 2009.