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Federal infrastructure dollars to reach SD transit network

A SAM bus
City of Sioux Falls
A SAM bus

Millions of dollars have been released for public transit projects nationwide, some of which are making it to South Dakota.

The money comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed in 2022 and aims to improve transit options for the elderly, disabled people, and low-income families.

The West River Transit Authority is receiving more than $250,000 to improve payment systems, according to the Federal Transit Administration. Further, a mobile application is in development to improve planning and rider experience.

In total, $17 million is being spent across the country on projects like this one.

C.J. Keene is a Rapid City-based journalist covering the legal system, education, and culture