Resident access to homes in the canyon can be improved and overall canyon and Uptown traffic congestion reduced by providing and/or requiring transit use for state park and possibly canyon trailhead access. It is envisioned that the greater Sedona lodging industry would actively participate in the development and use of a visitor-oriented transit system.
The city and its regional partners have issued an RFP to develop the system with a $160,000 federal transit planning grant and $10,000 in funding from Coconino County.
- This strategy proposes a tourist-focused bus shuttle system from the Village of Oak Creek to Slide Rock State Park.
- Buses would run every 15 to 20 minutes between March and October.
- Park-and-Ride lot near Red Rock Ranger Station; additional stops and pick-up points along SR 179 and SR 89A.
- Estimated capital costs are $3.4 million for buses and park-and-ride lot improvements with operating costs of $460,000 per year, which could be shared between ADOT, Coconino and Yavapai counties and the city of Sedona.