City offering fourth year of free transit service for youth;
Pass Required For Youth Riders
RAPID CITY, SD--In addition to school clothes, sneakers and school supplies, parents and students are reminded to add another item to their checklist for the 2019-20 school year: Rapid Transit bus passes.
For the fourth consecutive school year, youth will be able to ride free on the Rapid Transit System's (RTS) RapidRide program.
Earlier this year, Rapid Transit System initiated a youth bus pass system, similar to the passes required of adults. School-aged youth must present a pass for boarding on the RTS RapidRide system. Previous passes are not transferrable to this school year. The Rapid City Area School District provided a form as part of its online registration system and will be providing RTS flyers in student packets when school begins. The passes are also be part of high school orientation.
Parents and youth can pick up a form from the Rapid Transit System office at 333 Sixth Street. The passes are received within five days of submitting the form. RTS officials are also working on providing an online submittal form which is expected to be available soon.
RTS System Manager Megan Gould indicates each parent or guardian will receive a welcome letter from RTS with the pass. The letter outlines expectations of the Youth Ride Free program, frequently-asked questions and pass information.
"We're encouraging parents and youth to act sooner rather than later in getting passes for the school year," said Gould. "They need to add it to their checklist for what's needed if they plan on using RapidRide for their transportation needs this school year."
RapidRide recorded 115,319 youth passenger trips in the 2018-19 school season, a slight two-percent decline from the 2017-18 school year (September-May) when 117,459 youth passenger trips were recorded and 30 percent higher than the numbers experienced the first year of the free youth transit program in 2016-17 (88,250 passenger trips).
In announcing the free youth transportation program in the summer of 2016, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender indicated the free youth transit program would provide students better access to schools, libraries, recreation and social events as well as save money for families and foster appreciation for public transportation among the City's youth.
RapidRide will also have maps, material and regular ride schedules available as well as published online at rapidride.org .
Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator
T: 605.721.6686 | M: 605.939.8551