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While Sioux Falls looks to limit bus service, Hartford gears up


While the city of Sioux Falls had to put together a task force to figure out our transit system (and ultimately making cuts) a Senior Citizen in Hartford, SD went the other direction;

At first, Sturdevant ran into many road blocks.

“I called Pierre, the social services, and I called different places and I called places that had buses and I was getting no place,” Sturdevant said.

But the persistent Sturdevant didn’t slow down.  With the help of the City of Hartford along with area non-profit agencies and businesses, she helped secure grant money that will pay for a ten seat bus that will begin picking up passengers of all ages next week.

“This way, you can pick up the phone and call and say hey, I’d like to go to Dollar General tomorrow, or I’d like to go to the grocery store tomorrow, and so they’ll come and pick you up right at your door,” Sturdevant said.

Public transportation is an important vehicle that keeps seniors from becoming isolated from others in the community.

“Over and over again, AARP research shows overwhelmingly that people just want to stay in their homes and their communities as they age and transportation is really key to doing so, especially when you get into rural areas where people are maybe having to drive long distances either to get to the grocery store, or to a doctor’s appointment, Cathy McLeer of AARP South Dakota said.

Bravo to Ellie for first off, thinking of her community and being active in it, even at 78 years old. But I will have to also congratulate her on not giving up on her mission. So while Sioux Falls is offering only one solution to Paratransit, a solution that long term helps no one, Hartford figures out their transit needs, and they did it using one concerned citizen instead of a bunch of beureaucrats.


Private University students ride SAM for free

Just for clarification, Augustana is paying $1000 up front for the service;

The college has agreed to spend up to $1,000 this semester, which equates to 1,000 individual bus rides.

The irony is that our mayor has pushed for higher rates on paratransit and fixed routes. These higher rates affect the working poor mostly. Yet the city decides to team up with Mike’s best buddy, Rob Oliver, to give free rides to private university students. Why not include the University Center and SE Tech?

First we give Augustana a cut rate on using the Arena for basketball and now we are giving the students free rides. Even with the $1000 buy in, taxpayers will still be subsidizing these rides.

I wonder if the bus stop in front of Augie will be next to the Huether Tennis Courts?

And they say DT Sioux Falls is unsafe

While the rumor mills continue (mostly due to the Mayor using it as a campaign issue) that downtown is unsafe, where have most of the vehicle related fatalities and injuries occurred in this town?

The man responsible for a fiery crash on Friday afternoon is facing several charges. Police say 23-year-old Adam Lind is charged with reckless driving, no proof of insurance, driving with a revoked and suspended license and driving an unlicensed vehicle. Lind was driving his 2001 Corvette Z06 on 57th Street Friday when he crashed into another vehicle, hit a traffic light and fence, before the car caught fire.

Most of these accidents occur on the outer parts of the city, south of 41st, including many pedestrians and bicyclists being injured or killed. Maybe instead of worrying about homeless people trying on clothes at the Man Code to warm themselves, we need to focus on more traffic safety on the Southside. But hey, there won’t be any issues with traffic at a new SE Walmart and even there is and a couple of kids get run over walking home from school, at least we created 250 jobs! untitled

How did Scheels get it’s own traffic light?


Not sure if this is precedence or not, but I am trying to recall any individual business that has gotten it’s own traffic light entrance or a similar traffic advantage paid for by taxpayers?

The last I can recall is the McDonalds at 41st & Minnesota getting their own turn lane off of Minnesota Ave.

I wonder what the rule/law is with spacing between controlled intersections? Is there enough space between 41st and 49th to justify another traffic light?

The irony in all this is how the city has actually harmed a lot of private retail businesses throughout the city by putting in mediums so you can’t make a left turn into them from the right side of the street.

I wonder if a sizable donation to the Ice Plex may have something to do with it. Just curious.


Sioux Falls should try this to reduce DUI’s (H/T – AG)

I have often felt that SF needs to get more progressive with transportation. If I were mayor, it would be on my top ten list. We also must realize that transportation also relates to public safety, the fewer drunk drivers, the safer our roads. Seattle is trying this out;

Today, the city is launching a program that allows people driving to concerts, bars, clubs, or other late-night social activities in Seattle to pre-pay for up to two hours of parking for the following morning—essentially giving drivers a grace period until 10:00 a.m. to pick up find their cars after a night of drinking

The parking program, which is part of Mayor Mike McGinn’s Nightlife Initiative to bolster safety and access to Seattle’s nightlife scene, is being rolled out along the Pike-Pine corridor and Capitol Hill (eventually it’ll apply to all pay stations). Blue and yellow informational stickers on parking pay stations explain that after 10:00 p.m., drivers can purchase two hours of parking for the following morning (from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.). This will hopefully encourage social drinkers to find another way home and retrieve their cars the next day.

“I’m about to hand you a ticket”

Also read the Nightlife Initiative, some very interesting ideas;

Of the nightlife initiative’s eight points, a so-called meat-head ordinance is getting both bar owners and residents excited. The ordinance, which is currently sponsored by city council member Nick Licata, would allow police to issue tickets for some public nuisance behaviors—such as fighting and drunk and disorderly conduct—between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m. in targeted nightlife areas. “Currently, we have limited means for dealing with these people,” says SPD spokeswoman Det. Reneé Witt. “If they create enough of a disturbance, say if they’re fighting, we can take them off the street.” Obviously, the benefit of such an ordinance is that there’s an immediate penalty for wasted yahoos, it might dissuade these people from being drunk, public messes in the future, and itkeeps officers on the streets instead of having to process and book them.

If we gave tickets for people being drunk meat-heads in SF, we could raise money for a new Events Center in a couple of years.

Sioux Falls Transportation Plan (H/T – minus car project)

The Long Range Transportation Plan Open House – featured inthis MinusCar post – has been scheduled.

Wednesday, May 26
4:30 to 6:00pm
Main Branch Library