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Sioux Falls public transit proposes changes

A SAM bus
City of Sioux Falls
A Sioux Area Metro bus

Sioux Falls public transit is proposing changes to make the city’s systems more accessible.

The proposal would improve coverage from 45% of Sioux Falls residents having public transit access to 100%, officials said.

Joe Martin is the Partner Success Director for Via, the public transit company for Sioux Falls. He said the proposal is rider-friendly.

“Our goal is that this plan makes choice ridership easier. Because fixed route frequencies are increased, because more residents are covered by transit, it’s going to be, the barrier to start using it, going to be easier and easier. And you’re not going to have to wait 60 minutes for a bus, it will be there more promptly and that will get more choice riders using the systems,” Martin said.

The proposed routes are more direct, and if approved will roll out around August of this year.

Jackson Dircks is a Freeburg, Illinois, native. He is pursuing a degree in English, Journalism and Secondary Education at Augustana University and planning to graduate in May 2025. He plans to pursue a career in sports journalism.