Rapid Ride gearing up for fourth year of free rides for students

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Once again, Rapid City offers free rides for students going to and from school.

Rapid Ride has an orientation for both parents and students to become familiar with the routes. The orientation will run Aug. 19-27. This is the fourth year Rapid Ride has offered free rides for students.

While youth riders still need a pass this year to get on Rapid Ride, the system has been updated to make it easier for those using the program. This year, parents can mail in the form for the pass and the district also sent out a form in their registration paperwork.

With the first day of school Aug. 28, it's not just teachers who are eager to start building new relationships with this year's group of students.

"You know it takes time just like a teacher but every kid that rides every day to and from, you can ask any driver, do you recognize this one, or recognize this one, or do you know who this is and they know what stops they get off on, or what stops they are supposed to get off on in case they don't," says Rapid Transit System Manager Megan Gould.

As of now, Rapid Ride hasn't developed or changed any routes from last year, but those plans could change down the road if the school district's plan to build new schools in the area passes.