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“We need public input,” Rapid City public transit survey

Published: Jun. 12, 2021 at 4:48 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Rapid City Transit hasn’t seen an update since 2009.

Usually, city transportation sees a community led update every five to ten years, so it’s a bit overdue.

The city is making plans to change the current system, and a big player in the role of public transportation is the public, so the city is asking people to fill out a survey.

The community is sought after to help to fill gaps where transportation services might be lacking, and to find successful areas of the current transit system to pave new bus routes. Or, find places where busses should frequent more often.

Kelly Brennan, a Rapid City Long Range Planner II, says that when doing other studies, the public often brings up transportation issues. Right now, the city is directing its attention to the matter.

”When we’re doing other transportation studies, we often hear from people the need for different types of transit, different times of transit. So, this is the opportunity. We’re actually looking at transit this time. So, let us know what you want to see. Public participation is the biggest part of this process,” says Brennan, “because it’s public transportation.”

More than 10 years have gone by since drastic changes have been made, and the Rapid City area has seen growth through the development of new communities and the expansion of businesses. Officials say transportation needs to be updated to include them.

Written surveys are available at City Hall, the Public Library and online here.

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