BHSU students Deanna Turney (left) and Danielle Gomez get on the Spearfish Trolley outside the Student Union, one of many scheduled stops for the new public transportation system operated by Prairie Hills Transit. The trolley officially begins operation Thursday, Feb. 22. Trolley hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Black Hills State University students now have another option for transportation in the Spearfish area. The Spearfish Trolley, operated by Prairie Hills Transit, will begin its route Thursday, Feb. 22. Trolley hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Trolley stops will be located throughout Spearfish, including stops on the BHSU campus, in downtown Spearfish, and at other locations such as the Perkins, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, and Applebee’s. Routes will be posted at the Student Union and in the residence halls. Riders are asked to be at the stop location during the time frame listed on the schedule.

According to Sue Ames, administrative assistant for Prairie Hills Transit, the trolley stops are conveniently located throughout Spearfish to accommodate commuter transportation needs.

“The trolley is a fun, convenient and safe way to get where you want to go in Spearfish,” Ames said. “Whether you want a ride to shop, catch a movie, or spend some time socializing, the trolley is your answer.”

Riders may purchase an all-day pass for $5, a one-way pass for $2, or a roundtrip pass for $2.50. Other options include a $15 punch ticket, which is good for 10 one-way trips, or a monthly unlimited pass for $35. Fares may be paid with cash or checks. BHSU has been working with Prairie Hills Transit to offer the trolley service for students and is exploring the possibility of obtaining a grant to cover students’ cost to ride the trolley. The future development of the trolley service will be determined by student usage.

Prairie Hills Transit is a non-profit corporation offering public transportation in Spearfish and six counties throughout the Black Hills. For more information, call 642-6613.