Rapid Transit System nears 30,000 mark for youth riders

Rapid Transit System Vehicles DepartingRAPID CITY, S.D. — On Tuesday, the City of Rapid City announced that the City’s “Youth Ride Free” program has provided nearly 30,000 trips for the community’s youth since the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

According to Rapid Transit System Officials, this number comes as a result of having on average 3,000 riders per month in a seven to eight month timeframe.

The program has recorded a 19 percent increase in riders when compared to the September to April timeframe from last school year, with 29,636 youth passengers this year compared to 24,436 passengers last year.

“Our numbers remain solid,” said Megan Gould, Rapid Transit System manager. “We were slightly down from April of 2021, however April and May are tough months to predict given weather conditions and the increased amount of outside activities.”

Gould also says that parents and students can register anytime for the free program by contacting Rapid Transit System at 605-394-6631 or visiting the “Youth Ride Free” section on their website here.

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