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On March 24, 2022, the City of Sedona will launch the first phase of its Transit Implementation Plan. The new transit system, the Sedona Shuttle, will begin by serving many of the area’s most popular departure points, including Cathedral Rock, Soldier Pass, Dry Creek and Little Horse.
In early 2020, the City of Sedona adopted the Sedona Area Transit Implementation Plan (which can be viewed at www.SedonaShuttle.com). The plan envisions a network of transit services in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek and Oak Creek Canyon. Since then, the City of Sedona has been working to implement this first phase of the plan with support from the Red Rock Ranger District and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau.
“The idea of public transit in Sedona has been considered many times over the past decade. However, it has now become a critical issue. Traffic growth on Sedona’s roads and public lands is not sustainable without providing an alternative for every person driving their own vehicle. Peak travel days often cause long delays for travelers coming to Sedona or leaving the area and for residents just trying to get across town. Parking is a problem and safety issues are increasing, not only in Uptown, but in major recreation destinations in Red Rock Country,” said Sedona City Manager Karen Osburn.
When fully implemented, the Sedona Shuttle will offer a combination of transit routes, trailhead shuttles and demand response services designed to:
- Improve mobility for residents of Sedona, Village of Oak Creek and Oak Creek Canyon.
- Improve access for reception staff in the region.
- Improve the visitor experience while reducing the negative environmental impacts of tourism.
Starting March 24, Sedona Shuttle’s free trailhead routes will connect two safe and convenient park-and-rides to four popular trailheads – Cathedral Rock, Soldier Pass, Dry Creek and Little Horse. Mescal trailhead service will be added later in the summer of 2022 and more trailheads as demand increases.
Shuttles to the trailhead will run Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and seven days a week during peak periods (including March 31 to April 15, 2022). Complete information on trailhead shuttles and parks and rides is available at www.SedonaShuttle.com.
Free shuttles to the trailhead will create a variety of benefits for residents and visitors. These include:
- Excessive parking in neighborhoods near trailheads will be reduced, providing residents with a much-requested break. Converting hikers to trailhead shuttles will be aided by enforcement of neighborhood parking regulations and an extensive marketing campaign supported by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and the Sedona Housing Council.
- Reducing traffic and parking along roads leading to trailheads will increase safety for trail users. Currently, hikers often park far from the trailhead and walk along congested roads without sidewalks.
- Reducing parking along roads will also help protect the environment by reducing erosion and automobile emissions in sensitive areas.
The second service to be implemented will be microtransit – an app-based, demand-responsive transit service to improve mobility throughout the community and allow visitors and residents to connect to shuttles at the trailhead without driving. This service will launch later in 2022.
Both services will be enhanced by the availability of real-time tracking information so users can see exactly when vehicles will arrive. This will be provided via the TransLoc app accessible from www.SedonaShuttle.com or downloaded from Google Play or the App Store.