June 11, 2021

City Hosting Virtual Public Meeting on Rapid Transit Development Plan

City Hosting Virtual Public Meeting on Rapid Transit Development Plan (City File Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

CITY HOSTING VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING

ON RAPID TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Public can provide online input

through June 18

RAPID CITY, SD—Rapid City’s Rapid Transit System (RTS) is updating its Transit Development Plan and continuing to encourage input from the public during a multiple-week virtual public meeting.

            The public can provide feedback through June 18 on the RTS study website www.RTStransitplan.com . The website includes a study presentation, a survey regarding local transit and an opportunity to provide input.  Printed surveys will be available and can be turned in at the City Hall lobby and at the Rapid City Public Library.

            The Rapid City Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is working with RTS to develop the Rapid Transit Development Plan.  The document will provide a vision for transit in the region over the next five to 10 years with an emphasis on future needs and sustainable growth.  City officials indicate the Transit Development Plan will report on existing conditions, public feedback, community needs and recommendations for how RTS should align services to meet the needs of a growing region.

            “The objectives of the Transit Development Plan are to evaluate current policies and operations, identify transit needs within our community, explore new strategies and options to provide accessible and convenient transit services to the public and develop goals and recommendations to implement over the next five years,” said Kelly Brennan, City Long-Range planner.

            Brennan said the public feedback is a key component to developing the plan and for making transit improvements.

            “The input from the public, those who use and have used RTS and also from non-users, will help shape the future of transit in Rapid City for years to come,” said Brennan.  “Rapid City continues to grow and public transportation plays an important role in the increased residential and commercial development in our community.  Rapid Transit System will continue to play an important role in our community’s future and providing important transportation options for people of all ages.”

            Rapid Transit System operates the RapidRide, Dial-A-Ride and City View Trolley operations.

            For more information, contact Bill Troe with SRF Consulting at 402-513-2158; Megan Gould, RTS Division Manager at 394-6631 or Kelly Brennan at 394-4120.

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