High Gas Prices: The rapid transit system provides options to mitigate the impact of high fuel costs



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RAPID CITY, SD—As local gasoline prices soared 70 cents per gallon last week and national prices averaged a record high of $4.17 per gallon, the public is looking for transportation options.

In Rapid City, a convenient option to save on fuel costs is the city’s public transportation system, operated by Rapid Transit System (RTS). In 2021, ridership exceeded 203,000 users.

“As gas prices continue to rise with no end in sight, people are or will be looking for options and a great alternative is our public transit system,” said RTS Director Megan Gould. . “We offer a reliable, safe and convenient option that saves on fuel costs.

“Whether you need to get to work, school, or just head downtown or into town for a day of shopping, we can get you there safely and efficiently.”

Rapid Transit System has provided local residents and visitors with safe and reliable public transportation service in Rapid City for over 30 years. Each year, Rapid Transit System travels more than half a million miles and provides more than 400,000 passenger trips in Rapid City through its RapidRide, Dial-A-Ride and City View Trolley services.

RapidRide provides public transport services on six fixed routes. All RapidRide routes operate on 35-minute frequencies.

“So depending on your itinerary, we can get you to work, school, or your shopping or event destination quickly and safely,” Gould said. “It’s a great option during extremely cold and stormy winter weather, but also a great alternative when the family car isn’t running or to save on fuel costs and use the savings for other essentials.”

Dial-A-Ride is an end-to-end transportation service, operating within the city limits of Rapid City. Service is available to local residents who qualify for service under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s a great option for getting to doctor’s appointments, picking up prescriptions, running errands, and visiting the community.

RTS also oversees the “Youth Ride Free” program, which provides young people with free rides on the fixed route system, with stops at schools, the library, events, downtown and other locations.

For more information on rapid transit system services, contact 605-394-6631.

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