Rapid Ride introduces bus passes to Youth Ride Free program

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Beginning Feb. 4, all youth riding the Rapid City Transit will be required to have a bus pass for the free ride to and from school.

The idea behind the new requirement is to provide the safest possible transportation to community youth and educate them on how to simply use a transit system.

Although there have not been any safety issues regarding the program, Rapid Ride and the City hope to get a grasp on the increasing numbers they have seen spiking over the 2018-19 school year so far.

The new pass will allow staff to have a record of the identity of the child, the details of their bus use, and the contact information for their parents.

One occasional student rider says although it is probably the safer option, it brings on some extra work.

'"I think they should just let people ride instead of actually having to go down and get a pass. I just think it's easier because people sometimes don't usually take Rapid Transit so they shouldn't always have to have a pass," said Ti Murphree.

During January, a parent or guardian will need to register their elementary or middle school student at the Bus Depot at 333 Sixth St. They are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If in high school, the student must provide the registration form and show their student ID to receive a pass.

If you need assistance, you can contact the Rapid Transit System at 605-394-6631.