Plan aims to make transportation more accessible in Rapid City - KOTA Territory News

Plan aims to make transportation more accessible in Rapid City


Soon it may be easier to get from one place to another in Rapid City. A transportation plan aims to make the bus system more accessible.

Buses roll out of the station and soon they might be going to more places. It's all due to a transportation plan.  

"The purpose of the plan is to identify gaps and needs in transportation services specifically for seniors, persons with disabilities and individuals with low income," said Nate Vanderbroek, Transportation Planner for Rapid City.

One of the priorities is expanding services. 

"We want to do a cost benefit analysis to see if we can provide a public transit service later in the evenings, on Sundays, and try to get transportation into some of the neighboring communities, Box Elder, Rapid Valley," said Vanderbroek.

It also could include going to places like the DMV, and the Feeding South Dakota Food Bank.  

"We want to try to see if we can provide services out there or work with some of the local human services agencies and see what we can to do coordinate services," said Vanderbroek.  

Another goal is to have the transportation system be user friendly for everyone.  

"We want to make sure that the public transit is accessible for persons with disabilities for persons, so we want to have more ADA accessible bus stops or shelters," said Vanderbroek.

City Council members say this is needed.  

"I think the whole idea of transit is to help those that may not have the money to have a car or need mobility to get to a doctor's appointment, that's one of the social things we should provide," said Jerry Wright of Ward Three.

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