Rapid Transit System awarded $3.6 million COVID-19 CARES Act grant

RAPID CITY, S.D. –The City of Rapid City and the Rapid Transit System has been awarded a $3.6 million grant award by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The grant was announced Friday by US Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as part of a series of national grant awards. The grants are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Last month, the Rapid City Council authorized Public Works staff to submit a grant application to FTA for CARES Act funds. City officials indicate the grant will be used to support the Rapid Transit System bus and paratransit services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rapid Transit System operates the RapidRide and Dial-a-Ride bus services.  RapidRide is a fixed route public transportation service, providing service to locations throughout Rapid City.  Dial-a-Ride is a curb-to-curb transportation service in Rapid City, providing transportation intended for individuals whose disabilities preclude them from utilizing the traditional fixed-route bus service.

“We actually enforce the CDC recommendations of six feet social distancing we have provided masks for our drivers and told them they are allowed to wear them whenever they feel fit,” said Megan Gould, Rapid Transit System manager. “We have all sports of cleaning supplies in the back so whenever they come in they can clean their buses between laps.”

RapidRide and Dial-a-Ride have been providing services in Rapid City since 1992.

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