January 03, 2018

December Youth Ridership Up 63%; Nearly 148,000 Trips Provided Since Free Program Started

December youth transit ridership was up 63 percent over the same month in 2016.  Since the inception of the free youth ridership program in September 2016, nearly 148,000 youth passenger trips have been provided by Rapid Transit System. December youth transit ridership was up 63 percent over the same month in 2016. Since the inception of the free youth ridership program in September 2016, nearly 148,000 youth passenger trips have been provided by Rapid Transit System. City Photo/Darrell Shoemaker

RAPID CITY, SD--December youth ridership on the RapidRide System increased more than 63 percent over the same month in 2016, according to numbers released by the Rapid Transit System (RTS).

            A total of 11,800 youth passenger trips were recorded in December, compared to 7,225 trips in December 2016--a 63.32 percent increase.

            RTS Manager Rich Sagen also indicated youth passenger trips reached the 700-mark five times in December, topped by a record 771 trips on December 20.  Other days with more than 700 youth trips recorded were December 1 (733); December 7 (719); December 12 (715) and December 19 (708).

            "We had a tremendous year for youth riding on the RapidRide system," said Sagen.  "We are seeing increased ridership by youth all across the City route system."

            Sagen says a total of 116,313 youth passenger trips were provided in 2017.  A total of 147,935 youth passenger trips have been provided since the 'youth ride free' public transit program was started in September 2016.

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NOTE:  A youth passenger trip is defined as a boarding.  Some passengers may utilize the Rapid Transit System for a one-way ride to their destination (passenger trip) or use the System multiple times in a day to different destinations, resulting in multiple passenger trips being recorded.

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