Planning the Future of Transit in Sioux Falls
The city has put together a "Transit Development Plan" that outlines their strategy
Over the last five years, city officials say funding has decreased, and demand had increased for public transportation in and around Sioux Falls.
City planners are now looking at ways to provide reliable and cost efficient transportation into the next decade.
An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people move to Sioux Falls each year, adding to the overwhelming demand for public transportation.
Despite that growth, the transit system in the city has essentially remained unchanged for the last 25 years.
So the future if transit in Sioux Falls is being planned right now, as city officials are mapping out their transit plans for the next decade.
Part of that plan includes increasing services, updating, extending, and redesigning bus routes along with modifying Paratransit to make it more accessible and economical.
But the main challenge in all this is money, especially after cuts in federal funding.
“But at the same time, we are a growing community, how are we able to provide transit to a growing community when you have challenges with financing, so we are trying to do it in different ways, how can we do our Paratransit a little differently, how can we make improvements to our system and make it more understandable,” said Sam Trebilcock, City Transportation Planner.
The city has put together a “Transit Development Plan” that outlines their strategy for making transportation more cost effective and sustainable in Sioux Falls for the next ten years.
They’re asking for the public’s input in the form of comments, questions, or suggestions on how to further develop this plan: http://www.siouxfalls.org/sam