Updated Sept. 2018
LSC Transportation Consultants, a transportation and traffic engineering firm with offices in Colorado, California and Nevada, has been contracted for development and implementation of a greater Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon transit system. The majority of the funding for the contract is provided by a federal grant, with $30,000 coming from city SIM funds and $10,000 from Coconino County. The Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau has pledged $10,000 for potential additional development work.
The project study is focused in two areas: (1) development of a visitor-oriented shuttle that would serve the greater Sedona area, including Oak Creek Canyon and the Village of Oak Creek, and (2) enhanced circulation service within Sedona city limits.
Because the proposed transit system must cross jurisdictional boundaries and presumably would have multiple partners for operations, a multi-jurisdictional project team has been organized to serve as the technical advisory committee and work alongside the consultants. The advisory committee includes members from the city, Arizona Department of Transportation, Sedona Fire District, U.S. Forest Service, Coconino County, Arizona State Parks, Cottonwood Area Transit, and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.
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.