New transit development plan in works for Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Periodically, Rapid City officials create a new transit development plan to keep up with the growing population, and this coming Thursday, the City is hoping for public feedback on the new plan.
As Rapid City and the region continue to grow, transportation will have to grow and change with it. In anticipation, long range city planners have been working to update the transit development plan. That includes assessing routes, and determining expansion and route times in order to increase ridership.
“We have a long range transportation plan which lays out improvements for the next 20 years, and as planners we do our predictions and projections on population,” said city long range planner, Kip Harrington. “We do those about every five years. Our last one was done about five years ago, it turned out to be a little shy because my crystal ball wasn’t crystal clear. And we didn’t foresee all the expansion of Ellsworth, and also the pandemic where we’ve had a lot of people moving into the area.”
The study is expected to be finished in a year and implemented in the years to come.
For those interested in learning more about the plan, the city will host a public open house this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 6th and Main Street.
There will also be a South Dakota Department of Transportation meeting at 7 p.m. that evening at the Ramkota Hotel. DOT will discuss their statewide transportation improvement program, a four year plan for highway improvements for Rapid City and the surrounding region.