Ron Baumgart is the current Executive Director
of River Cities Public Transit, Pierre, SD and
has served in this position since November 2001.
Ron’s life before transit included owning and
operating a large farm and ranch business in
Hughes County, as well as serving as a county
commissioner for 12 years. Ron believes his past
experiences, including knowledge of local
government, have played a major role in giving
him the ability to lead RCPT through this great
River Cities Public Transit is a non- profit
operation and is celebrating 10 years of service
to the communities of Pierre, Fort Pierre, and
the surrounding rural area in South Dakota.
Ron’s leadership and vision for coordination has
taken this agency from a transit system that
provided 12,000 rides in 2001 operating 5 days a
week 8 am to 5 pm; to a 24 hr per day, 365 days
per year public transit service that will
provide over 300,000 rides this fiscal year in a
service area with less than 25,000 population.
Ron realizes that in order to succeed and grow,
he needs to surround himself with great
employees and have a very open mind to the needs
of the individuals who ride public transit.
Coordination with agencies and businesses to
offer one seamless public transit service has
provided a very simple and usable system for
River Cities Public Transit received the Rural
Community Transportation System of the Year
Award in 2006 from the Community Transportation
Association of America. The following year RCPT
received the FTA award for Outstanding Service
and Ridership Growth.