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The Vision of Yankton Transit is to provide a safe, affordable and reliable transportation service that first meets the needs of the transit dependent in communities within Yankton County by providing access to healthcare, education, employment, public services, shopping and recreational facilities, and eventually allows anyone to go anywhere in the region easily and effectively.

Yankton Transit has been serving the residences of Yankton County since 1995.  Utilizing a fleet of 13 buses and 3 vans, transit provides rides Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  During the last year, Yankton Transit efficiently provided trips to area residents by performing 116,318 one-way trips, traveling over 205,957 miles.

Yankton Transit has no eligibility program and provides trips to whoever calls at least the day prior to departure.

Our program would not be able to provide this quality service without the help of federal, state and local contributors and donations.  Federal and state funds make up 56% of the total funds, while 44% of the funds are raised locally.  United Way of Greater Yankton’s Community Impact funds assist in supporting other agencies within Yankton to successfully complete their missions by providing transportation.  Yankton Transit partners with the following human service agencies in Yankton:

A.      Ability Building Services—provide daily trips to and from the facility for clients, as well as evening and weekend trips to plays, dances, and People First meetings

B.      Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health –provide trips for clients to participate in daily group counseling programs

C.     Calvary Baptist Summer Program -  provide rides to and from the summer lunch program, swimming and lessons, and field trips

D.     The Boys and Girls Club of Yankton - provide transportation during youth field trips

E.      The City of Yankton, Parks & Rec Program—when these activities include out-of-town trips, we assist with transportation needs

F.       Special Olympics—provide transportation for clients to participate in organized year round activities

G.     The Center—provide rides for local seniors involved in daily activities, meals and social events, including trips on state wide field trips, dinner theatres, or even Christmas  light viewing during the holiday season

H.     Boy Scouts—provide rides to and from the Boy Scout Camp in Tabor, supporting the camper’s activities

I.        River City Domestic Violence Center – provide client and family transportation

J.        Avera Majestic Bluffs – assist with transportation for medical appointments and social activities

K.      Prairie Homes – residents use transit for medical appointments, shopping and daily activities

L.       Autumn Winds –  provide service for medical appointments, shopping and social activities

Last year, Yankton Transit provided transportation to:

  • 19,154  seniors,
  • 50,483  people with disabilities,
  • 31,915  youth, and
  • 14,766  general public;

Trip purposes included:

  • 21,911 medical visits, and
  • 28,480 commutes to work.  

    It is evident that Yankton Transit is a connecting link to the cultural, health and financial well-being of the Yankton community. For more information about Yankton Transit, please call (605) 665-4610 or visit us online at

By: Terry Kirchner, Supervisor, Yankton Transit


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