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.
Lacey Hacecky – Operations Supervisor
Lacey, originally from Soldier, IA, joined Yankton Transit in July 2021. She started her career at Transit as a Full-Time Dispatcher. In July 2023, she took on her new role as Operations Supervisor. Her responsibilities are to oversee the daily operations of our 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, employment, and recreational activities.