Management Staff

Ron Baumgart – Executive Director

Ron Baumgart is the current Executive Director of River Cities Public transit (RCPT), Pierre, SD and has served in this position since November of 2001. RCPT has a contract with Yankton Transit to serve as management team for Yankton Transit.

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 helped play a major role in giving him the ability to lead RCPT through this growth.

River Cities Public Transit is a non-profit operation and is celebrating 18 years of service to the communities of Pierre, Fort Pierre and the surrounding rural area of South Dakota. Ron’s leadership and vision for coordination and agency expansion has taken RCPT from a transit system that provided 12,000 rides in 2001 operating 5 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm; to a 24 hour per day, 365 days per year public transit service that will provide over 375,000 riders the fiscal year in a service area with less than 25,000 population. Along the way RCPT and Ron Baumgart have been recognized locally, at the state and federal level for outstanding management and service efficiency among others.

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Terry Kirchner – Supervisor

Terry, originally from Yankton, joined the US Air Force in 1987. He started his Air Force career as a driver at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska and after 20 years in the service he reached the rank to be the Transportation Coordinator at Langley AFB, in Virginia.  After 24 years of service, Terry retired from the Air Force and moved his family back to Yankton in October 2015 where he was hired to be the Supervisor for Yankton Transit. His responsibilities are to oversee the daily operations of Yankton Transit and manage the 15 drivers and 2 dispatchers.  This task also includes keeping the 16 buses operational that are used to support our clients in getting them to schools, medical appointments, shopping, jobs, and activities.