Dial-A-Ride

Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb transit service for those individuals who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The service is available within the city limits of Rapid City.

Hours of operation:

Monday through Friday - 6:20 AM through 5:50 PM
Saturday - 8:00 AM through 7:00PM

Fares:

Dial-A-Ride Current Rate*
One Way Trip $3.00
Ten Punch Coupons $27.00
Zone 2 Fare $3.50
Zone 2 Ten Punch Coupons $31.50
Monthly Unlimited Pass $90.00

*Exact fare required. Drivers do not carry change.

There is no service on the following holidays:
  • New Years Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the day after
  • Christmas Day

ADA Application

Please read this introductory material carefully. This information explains transportation requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and identifies the features of Rapid Transit System Dial-A-Ride, which is a shared ride service provided to certified individuals who are unable to use lift-equipped accessible fixed-route bus services provided by RapidRide. To fill out a printable ADA Application click here.

View the Paratransit Passenger Handbook


How to use Dial-A-Ride

What is ADA Paratransit?

The ADA law recognized that some individuals with disabilities would not be able to use regular fixed-route bus service even with improvements to make the services fully accessible. Because of this, the ADA said that transit agencies, which provide regular fixed-route bus service must also provide complementary ADA Paratransit service for those persons whose disabilities prevent them from using regular lift-equipped fixed-route bus service.This does not include disabilities that make use of regular accessible transit service difficult or inconvenient. According to the law, ADA Paratransit is to "complement" the regular bus service, providing service that is comparable to the regular bus service in terms of service area, hours and days of service, and several other factors. The specific criteria for determining who is eligible for ADA Paratransit are defined by ADA law.

Dial A Ride is the ADA Paratransit service for Rapid Transit System. Currently, only riders who meet the criteria specified by the ADA can become certified as eligible to use Rapid Transit System Dial A Ride service.

Is Rapid Transit Dial-A-Ride bus service for me?
Eligibility Requirements

Dial A Ride service provides paratransit service for those individuals who meet the criteria specified by the ADA. This ADA Paratransit service is intended for individuals whose disabilities are so significant that they are unable to use regular fixed-route bus service.

How can I apply for Dial-A-Ride?

Application forms are available at the Rapid Transit office, located at 333 6th Street. If you are unable to stop by our office, simply phone 394-6631 and request that one be mailed to you. You can also obtain an application at here. If you should have any questions regarding ADA or Rapid Transit System, please call 394-6631.

Where and when can I go?

Rapid Transit Dial A Ride goes anywhere within the corporate city limits of Rapid City. The length of your trip depends on the number of stops the bus will make for other passengers. Every effort will be made to ensure the shortest trip possible. Rapid Transit Dial A Ride pick ups begin at 6:30 AM and drop offs end at 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and from 8:30 AM through 7:00 PM on Saturdays. We are closed for the following holidays: New Years Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, and Christmas Day.

How do I arrange for a trip

Simply call the Rapid Transit office by dialing 394-6631 and then pressing "0". This will get you through to the dispatcher. We will be scheduling from 7:00 am through 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.

When you call to schedule, please have the following information ready:

  1. Your first and last name.
  2. The date you need to schedule.
  3. Your home address or the address that you would like to be picked up from
  4. The address of your destination. We need the actual street number, not the name of the business or doctor.
  5. The time you need to arrive at your destination.
  6. The time you would like to return.
  7. We will also need to know if you are taking someone with you-either a companion or a personal care attendant.
  8. If you require door to door service, you must request it at this time.

Our scheduling is based on a "twenty minute window". That is, if you tell the dispatcher you need to be at an appointment by 8:00, we may tell you that your pick up time may be "between 7:30 and 7:50". This will mean that the bus could arrive anytime between 7:30 and 7:50 and the drivers will wait a maximum of five (5) minutes from the time they arrive before leaving.

The same procedure will be used for the return times. You may tell the dispatcher that you would like to return at 11:00. The return time may be "between 10:55 and 11:15. Again, this would mean that the bus could arrive any time between 10:55 and 11:15 and the drivers will wait a maximum of five (5) minutes from the time they arrive before leaving.

We have the capability of scheduling your ride up to 14 days in advance. When you call in, you will need to have all of the above listed information ready for the dispatcher. She will give you your times before hanging up. Please record this information in a safe place, as we will not be calling back to give you that information at a later time.

Off hours scheduling

You may phone Sunday between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, leaving the same information as requested above on our voice mail. Your trip will not be processed without this information. We will schedule all rides as requested and notify you Monday morning. Please make every effort to cooperate.

Points to remember
  • All trip requests must be made at least one day prior to your scheduled trip request.
  • There will be no same day scheduling.
  • Trip destination and pick up times cannot be changed the day of the scheduled trip.
  • All carry on items will be limited to what you can effectively carry during your initial boarding of the bus. Drivers are not responsible for your carry on items.
  • You must present a fare to the driver upon boarding the bus. No fare, no ride!

Rapid Transit will make every effort to be on time. Please be patient and keep this in mind when scheduling trips. ADA eligible passengers will receive service within one hour of requested time.

Where to wait

This Paratransit program provides curb to curb transportation service for eligible riders. Passengers need to be waiting at the main entrances, at the sidewalk, or at another safe waiting area in front of, or as close as possible to the entrances of the pick up location. Drivers will wait for a passenger at the curb of a public street, in front of or as close as possible to, the passenger's house, building, or other designated pick up location. For drop offs, the driver will drop the passenger off at the sidewalk, or another safe waiting area next to the curb or public street in front of, or as close as possible to, the designated drop off location.

In addition Dial A Ride provides a limited door to door service that is provided to assist you from the threshold of a residence or main lobby of a building. Drivers must maintain physical sight of the vehicle at all times. Drivers are not permitted to enter beyond the threshold or ground level of any building.

Door-to-door service does not include any of the following:

  • Assisting passengers on unsafe or steeply inclined drives, mobility ramps, or stairs.
  • Drivers entering beyond the door threshold or ground level of any residence or main lobby of a building.
  • Loading or unloading of personal items
  • Drivers will not enter nursing homes, medical facilities, shopping centers, businesses, or other public buildings in an attempt to find passengers.
Assisting passengers in using a wheelchair

Dial A Ride will accommodate all standard wheelchairs. We will attempt to accommodate scooters and other mobility devices that do not exceed the maximum lift capacity of 800 pounds in total weight when occupied. It is the passenger's choice to transfer or remain in their mobility device.

Passengers using mobility aids that exceed the "standard size" may request service, and Dial A Ride staff will determine if service may be provided. Every attempt will be made to secure wheelchairs and scooters.

Passengers must be in an upright sitting position for transport.

All wheelchair and scooters must be in safe operating condition including handgrips, locking brakes, inflated tires, and should have footrests to safeguard passenger's feet while being wheeled to or from the vehicle.

Dial A Ride drivers are not allowed to assist passengers using wheelchairs or other mobility devices up or down any steps.

In order to assure the safety of our passengers and drivers, if a wheelchair passenger is requesting door to door service to a ramp location, this can only be provided if: (1) the passenger arranges assistance up and down the ramp from someone other than a Dial A Ride driver or (2) the ramp complies with the standard for ramps identified in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities regulations (i.e. Appendix A to Part 37 of the ADA)

How much does it cost?

The fares for Dial A Ride are as follows:

  Zone 1 Zone 2
Cash Fare $3.00 one way $3.50 one way
Coupons 10 for $27.00 10 for $31.50
Monthly Pass - $90* Unlimited rides Unlimited Rides

*Zone 2 is any location more than ¾ mile from the nearest fixed route bus stop. Exact fare is required. Drivers do not carry change.

How do I cancel a ride?

When phoning in to cancel a ride, please provide the following information for the dispatcher: Your first and last name, your pick up address, the address of your destination, and the time(s) of the ride(s) you wish to cancel. If you are canceling a round trip or multiple trips, you will need to give us the information for all trips. Cancellation of scheduled services must be made at least one hour prior to your scheduled ride time. Violation of this policy may result in suspension of ridership privileges.

Seat belt policy

Seat belts are available, but not required. Passengers are encouraged to use the seat belts. Shoulder harnesses are available for passengers in wheelchairs at the passenger's request. If you need assistance, please ask the driver.

Who can ride with me?

Personal care attendants (PCA's) may ride with you at no additional cost. These individuals are approved through the certification process. You may also have one "companion" accompany you. There is a charge for the "companion" and they must board and deboard from the same location as the ADA certified individual. You may have additional "companions" ride, but this would be on a space available basis only.

Service animals

Any animals individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including but not limited to guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items are allowed without prior arrangements being made.

Visitors

ADA eligible individuals who live outside the corporate city limits of Rapid City are eligible for 21 days of service. These 21 days are calculated over a period of 365 days, not 21 calendar days.

"No Show" policy

Due to chronic abuse by a small percentage of the riding public, Rapid Transit has developed a policy regarding passengers who no-show when scheduled for service. The no show policy is as follows:

All persons who schedule service and fail to show for an appointment without canceling the scheduled service will be treated as a no-show. Cancellations upon arrival will likewise be treated as a no-show. Ridership privileges may be suspended if a passenger no-shows for more than 10% of their rides within a 30 day period.

Weather
Weather Related Access to Private Homes

Passengers are responsible for snow and ice removal to make their homes accessible to the Rapid Transit Dial A Ride drivers. If the home is not accessible the ride will be considered a cancel upon arrival.

Winter Weather Procedures

In case of an accumulation of snow or ice, Rapid Transit System will follow these procedures:

  1. If weather conditions and/or snow/ice accumulations do not allow for the bus lift to be safely deployed, the driver will not attempt a pick up. The driver will notify dispatch, and dispatch will attempt to notify the resident that the ride cannot be provided.
  2. If the lift can be safely deployed, but the sidewalk or driveway to or from the bus is not sufficiently clear of snow or ice (to enable passengers in a mobility device to proceed to or from the bus), the driver will notify dispatch of this condition. Dispatch will then notify the resident of the condition. If the passenger is able to reach the bus on his or her own, then the ride will be carried out.
Discontinuing service due to weather conditions

Rapid Transit will make every effort to provide service whenever scheduled. In the event that extreme weather conditions exist making travel unsafe, Rapid Transit reserves the right to discontinue Dial A Ride services until conditions are favorable. If service is temporarily discontinued, all rides will be canceled.

If Rapid Transit discontinues service during normal business hours due to weather conditions, every effort will be made to return the passengers home.

Information on weather-related service changes may be obtained by calling Rapid Transit System at 394-6631 or checking our website at www.rtsdialaride.org. Information of service changes will also be distributed through the following broadcast media outlets: KOTA TV or KOTA Radio -1340 AM

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Additional Dial-A-Ride Service Policies

All trip requests must be made at least one day prior to your scheduled trip request; There is no same day scheduling;

Trip destination and pick up times cannot be changed the day of the scheduled trip;

All carry on items will be limited to what you can effectively carry during your initial boarding of the bus. Drivers are not responsible for your carry on items;

You must present a fare to the driver upon boarding the bus. No fare, no ride!

Drivers will not assist passengers on unsafe or steeply inclined drives, mobility ramps, or stairs;

Drivers will not enter beyond the door threshold or ground level of any residence or main lobby of any building;

Drivers will not load or unload personal items;

During off hours, please leave a detailed message through our voicemail system to schedule your trips.

If you should have any questions regarding Dial-A-Ride service, please call 394-6631. Thank you.


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Advertising Rates:

Advertising space on Dial-A-Ride vehicles is available, on the rear and sides of the vehicles. Terms for advertising are as follows:

  • $60.00 per month for rear advertising panel
  • $35.00 per month for side advertising panel

Contracts are for a minimum of six months. Advertisers are responsible for all production costs. Dimensions for advertising panels vary. Ads must be pre-approved by Rapid Transit System for content, design and color(s). Please call 394-6631, extension 5 for more information.