New transit plan using public outreach to make future improvements
RAPID CITY, S.D.– Rapid City public transportation could see a re-routing of sorts in the coming years as Rapid Transit and the Metropolitan Planning Organization team up for a fresh look at public transportation.
Officials were at the Milo Barber Transit Center on Sixth Street Wednesday afternoon, meeting with residents about what they’d like to see. High on the wish list were extended reach and operating hours.
“We get a lot of comments about Highway 16, Catron intersection kind of area,” Long-Rang Planner for Rapid City Community Development Department Kelly Brennan said. “And then a lot of people who utilize transit don’t usually work your standard ‘eight to five’ hours. So we do hear from a lot of people that an evening service would be very beneficial for those who maybe work retail or in the hospitality industry.”
With the data gathered from the public, they hope to see how they can best serve the community.
“What we’re doing is we’re bringing forward a couple different kinds of recommendations. And one of those recommendations will be if we stay with the same budget, we’re just looking at what our potential options are. If we come up with some more money, what are the people looking for,” Brennan explained. “Is it later hours, is it Sunday service? Is it earlier in the morning, different locations? So what this plan is going to do is give some different recommendations for the city to utilize and for rapid transit to utilize moving forward.”
It’s hoped the public outreach will help develop both short and long-term improvements to public transportation.