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Transit Task Force working to save the Sioux Falls bus system

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A Transit Task Force is working to make Sioux Falls buses more sustainable.

Eventually, they want to add more buses and more routes.

But to do that, they need to cut spending in other places.

For the past eight months, a Transit Task Force has been trying to improve our city buses.

One way is by changing how people use paratransit.

"In most cities, the fixed route system is going to have the major part of the budget. But in our city, the paratransit is where most of the money goes," said Jean Crowe with LifeScape.

The Transit Task Force is trying to fix that discrepancy.

"We want to be part of the solution for the city of Sioux Falls," Crowe added.

One way they're hoping to save money is by reducing the number of people on paratransit.

"It can be a very liberating experience for people. That they can choose the route that they need to get to get to work or to get to the mall or get to a sporting event," she explained.

That's just what Sioux Falls Transportation Planner Sam Trebilcock has heard.

"It gives them a more independent way to get around town. Paratransit, we do have people that are concerned about the wait time," Trebilcock said.

And it helps the city, it's about $3.50 for someone to ride a fixed route bus compared to about $25 a ride on paratransit.

They've also come up with a way to help with the transition.

By essentially training people to ride the fixed route bus and going a step beyond, by using the buddy system.

"Where somebody can actually ride with them and get them more comfortable over a longer period or maybe even permanently," Trebilcock continued.

The Transit Task Force is now waiting for the City Council to review their proposal.

Which Sam Trebilcock believes will happen sometime in August.

Every fixed route bus is handicap accessible with two areas for wheelchairs.

Trebilcock

said they will still pick up people in a wheelchair if those spots are filled.

 

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