RAPID CITY, SD — Although the new transit plan released by Rapid City transit officials is not a plan of action, it will guide them on what to do once funding and resources are available. essentials will be available.
According to long-term planner Kelly Brennan, the main goals were to establish what can be done if the city is confined to what it has access to now versus in the future with access to more funding and resources.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about the money,” Brennan said. “What can we afford to do for our system. And that’s why we looked at two different options – if we’re limited to where we are right now, what can we do to make it the best it can be. But if we really want to grow Rapid Transit, together with our community, we will, at some point, have to come up with additional fundraising ideas.
Public awareness was a major factor in the creation of the plan, with many residents and users asking for more stops and extended service outside normal driving hours.
And while the city continues to seek to provide these services to residents, at least one new feature will be available this year.
Public transport officials plan to roll out the addition of travel directions to online services, which will provide the ability to find routes with buses and their route information through programs such as Google Maps – an addition important in light of the upcoming tourist season.
“Being able to use public transit benefits everyone, whether you need it or just want it,” Brennan said. “And I think that’s one of the things, hopes to meet the needs of people who just want to use public transit.”
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