What has been working? and what could use some work?
Members of the Rapid City Metropolitan Planning Organization say they want to know what the public thinks about Rapid City area transit.
The organization is working with Jen Garner, a consultant from BBC Research and Consulting
in Denver. Garner says the plan is to use public opinion to create a long-range transport plan.
A focus group held Wednesday night was all about business owners and what they see as transportation strengths and weaknesses. Business representatives from places like West River Electric and Two Wheeler Dealer attended the meeting.
While Wednesday's meeting was right in Rapid City, Garner has been traveling to different areas across KOTA Territory, taking suggestions from people on how to improve the quality of life.
Garner says learning what people want is an integral part of the process. "You are the people that live here and work here and this is your treasure community," said Garner. "You know it really needs to be coming from the community and addressing the needs of the community both now and as you grow into the future."
Randy Culver, Black Hills State University representative, says he attended the meeting on behalf of students who go to BHSU's 'University Center' in Rapid City.
He says the students have complaints about the city's transportation. "One of the main concerns that we hear from our students taking classes at the University Center is public transportation," said Culver. "A lack of transportation to the center."
If you didn't get a chance to attend one of these meetings, members of the Rapid City Metropolitan Planning Organization are randomly conducting written and phone surveys to get feedback.