Youth Transportation

River Cities Public Transit


River Cities Public Transit requires that all youth passengers are pre-registered before they begin riding. This is required as a precautionary measure to make sure that…

  • The parent/guardian is aware that their child is riding the bus.
  • RCPT has permission to transport that child.
  • RCPT has emergency contact information if needed.

Any child attempting to board the bus who is not scheduled will be sent back inside to call a parent/guardian for alternant transportation.

Click the link below to Register Online

Registration to start the first week of school is due by August 13th. For those that get their registrations in during the first week of school, we will do our best to have them set up and ready to go by August 23rd. 

Youth Transit Brochure

Fare Cards

Every client will be given a Fare Card. This card will hold any amount of money. The client will then swipe the card upon entering the bus. This will both check your child onto the bus and will remove the amount of the fare due for the ride. The first fare card is free. Lost or stolen cards will be replaced for a $5.00 fee. The old card will be deactivated and the money on the card will be moved to the new card. The Fare Card can only be used by the person whose name is on the card. Money can be put on Fare Cards at our office, through the driver, or on our website through PayPal. All sales are final, RCPT does not offer refunds.


Payment is to be made either in advance or upon boarding the bus. Lack of payment will result in child being sent back inside to call for alternate transportation and the ride will be considered a “no show”.

Passenger Suspension

Any misconduct on the bus will result in a warning or suspension depending on severity of the misconduct. If the problem persists the rider will be suspended from riding with RCPT. The length of time will depend on the seriousness of the misconduct. The parent/ guardian will be notified of the misconduct and the decision on length of suspension made by RCPT. Please keep contact information up to date so RCPT staff can notify the parent/guardian of any issues.

No Show

All passengers must arrive at the bus within a five minute time frame, or the ride will be considered a “no show.” One of the reasons we have this policy is to keep our routes as efficient as possible. After a “no show” if the passenger still wants a ride, they will have to wait until their new ride can be fit back into the schedule, and the passenger must pay the fare of the missed plus the cost of the new same day fare. The passenger will not be permitted to ride again until the “no show” is paid.

Parent Ride Along

We offer parents a chance to chaperone the buses while youth are being transported. Anyone who is interested will receive a discount. Please call our office if you would like to know more.

Extracurricular Activities

Any extracurricular activities such as band, choir, after school program etc… must be scheduled and paid for separately from the YMCA Kidstop program.


Children pre-registered for the Kid’s Stop program will be provided transportation to the YMCA . Non members will be charged $2.00 per ride per child (pre-scheduled) to the YMCA all no shows will be charged accordingly.

Boys & Girls Club

Thanks to our partnership with Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area, we can offer children registered for the Boys and Girls Club a ride at no cost to the family. 

Bus Rules

All Passengers are expected to follow these rules while on any River Cities Public Transit vehicle.

1. Pay fare or present fare card upon boarding.

2. Inside voices ONLY – no yelling.

3. No foul language.

4. Be courteous to other passengers.

5. No fighting (hitting or rough housing).

6. All children will be dropped off at the pre-arranged destination.

7. Any changes to the schedule can only be made by a parent or legal guardian.

8. No food, drinks, or candy.

9. Personal belongings remain stowed.

10. Remain seated.

Q: If my child rode last year do I have to sign him/her up next year?
A: Yes We need confirmation that service is still needed every year.
Q: How do I register my child?
A: Online from the link on the homepage or the link above. You can also stop by our office at 1600 E Dakota Ave. The public entrance is located on the north side of the building. Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Q: How do I get a fare card?
A: Come by the office at 1600 E Dakota Ave. The public entrance is located on the north side of the building. Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Q: What happens if my child does not have their fare card or fare?
A: The driver will send them back inside the building/residence. They will have to call for alternate transportation. (the missed ride will be considered a “no show”)
Q: Can I cancel?
A: Yes. Call 945-2360 at least one hour before the scheduled pick up time.
Q: How old does my child have to be to ride the bus?
A: With an adult – any age. Alone – at least 4 years old.
Q: Does my YMCA or Boys & Girls Club Membership include transit fare?

A: Yes, however, the YMCA & Boys & Girls Club transportation membership can only be used for rides from school to the YMCA or Boys & Girls Club after school. 

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