Rapid Ride

RAPID RIDE is the City of Rapid City's fixed route bus service. The service provides transportation to kids, seniors, persons with disabilities and the general public for school, work, shopping, medical and recreational trips throughout the City of Rapid City. The service is comprised of six routes which operate on 35 minute frequencies.

Hours of operation:

Monday through Friday - 6:20 AM through 5:50 PM
Saturday - 9:50 AM through 4:40 PM


Rapid Ride New Rate Coupons
Adults / Students $1.50 10 / $13.50
Honored Citizen (60 years and over, disabled and Medicare card holders) $0.75 10 / $6.75
Children (4 years and under) FREE  
Transfers FREE  
Adult Monthly Pass $30.00  
Student Monthly Pass $20.00  
  • Exact fare required. Drivers do not carry change.
  • An adult must accompany children under five.
  • All drivers have coupons and passes available for your convenience.
  • Drivers accept cash, personal check or money orders (payable to Rapid Transit System)
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

Ride Guide Information


Transfers enable you to continue your trip on another bus, but cannot be used for stopovers or return trips. All transfers are made at the Milo Barber Transportation Center.


Detailed schedules are available showing the approximate times for each route our buses will travel. Schedules show a map of the route with the time checkpoints along the way.

The Bus Stop

The next step in catching your bus is locating the nearest bus stop on your route. All of our designated stops are marked with bus stop signs. Stand by the signs and the bus will pick you up.

Spotting Your Bus

Every bus has a route name displayed over the windshield and the passenger side of the vehicle. Be sure it is the bus you want before depositing your fare. Ask the driver if you are not sure.

Catching Your Bus

When you see the bus you want, signal the driver. Be sure to signal in time for him or her to make a safe stop. The driver will pull over to the curb.

In Short...

Remember, the best way to start a trip is to call us at 394-6631. We are available between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday - Friday. We would also like to hear your comments & suggestions.

City Road Closings

 Rapid Ride logo

System Maps & Schedules

Master System Map

Google™ Map

Individual Routes

  • Borglum (.pdf)

    Alternating loops along West Main St. and Jackson Blvd. Major destinations: Stevens High School, West Middle School, Soo San Hospital, Canyon Lake Park.

  • NEW! Coolidge (.pdf)

    North and South central Rapid City loops. Major destinations: Rushmore Crossing, Rapid City Regional Hospital, VA Clinic, Walmart North, Walmart South.

  • Jefferson (.pdf)

    South East and North East Loops. Major destinations: Walmart, Community Health Center, Dept. of Social Services, Pennington County Fairgrounds.

  • Lincoln (.pdf)

    North and South central Rapid City loops. Major destinations: Rushmore Mall, Walmart, Rapid City Regional Hospital.

  • Roosevelt (.pdf)

    North and South central Rapid City loops. Major destinations: Rushmore Mall, Post Office, Rapid City Regional Hospital, YMCA, Star Village.

  • Washington (.pdf)

    North and South central Rapid City loops. Major destinations: Rushmore Mall, VA Clinic, Walmart, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, YMCA.

School Tripper Routes

Terra Sancta School Tripper (.pdf)
Corral Drive / Southwest Middle School Tripper (.pdf)

Prepared maps require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Rapid Ride Photo Gallery

Click on photo to enlarge

Advertising Rates:

Advertising space on RapidRide 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 one year. 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.