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Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Shuttle

Post by joebartels » Dec 13 2018 10:24 pm

TUCSON, AZ (December 13, 2018)
Coronado NF wrote:The Coronado National Forest has just issued a permit to the Tucson-based nonprofit, Regional Partnering Center (RPC), to implement a new shuttle service in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area in the Santa Catalina Ranger District. Implementation will occur in several phases to provide for a transition to the new fully electric shuttle system.

The transitional service, which will be fully compliant with the Forest’s vehicle design requirements, will have up to six 21-passenger gasoline-powered shuttles that will remain in operation until a full fleet of electric shuttles can be manufactured, delivered, and put into service. RPC has ordered the electric shuttles from Trams International, with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) helping to finance RPC’s purchase of the new vehicles. During the transition, RPC will introduce a web-based ticketing system for purchasing tickets online. Tickets may also be purchased on site at the ticket booth.

RPC’s zero-emission electric shuttles will carry passengers safely, quietly, and efficiently through Sabino and Bear Canyons, which attract approximately one million visitors annually. The open-air, 62-passenger electric shuttles will be equipped with an electronic fare payment system, an audio narration system, and a multilingual interpretive system accessed through the use of audio jacks and headsets. RPC has entered into a partnership with Total Transit Enterprises (Total Ride), which operates the Regional Transportation Authority’s Sun Shuttle.

“We apologize for any inconvenience to the public due to the gap in shuttle service,” said Santa Catalina District Ranger Charles Woodard. “The new permit meets our goals for a 21st century transportation system in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. We look forward to having the transitional system in operation in the near future.”

“The Regional Partnering Center is working diligently with the Forest Service to ramp up transitional services as soon as possible,” said Farhad Moghimi, Secretary of RPC.

The transitional shuttle service will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days per week. The shuttle service will be closed annually on Thanksgiving and Christmas and three additional days, as needed, for construction and maintenance.
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Re: Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Shuttle

Post by air » Dec 14 2018 10:22 am

As a regular sabino tram road hobby jogger, I'll always remember the tram free months where long stretches of solitude were common even in the afternoon.
I'm not sure how the vending machines survived - maybe they stocked kale chips?
Checked the old tram lot this morning and its still empty but there is noticeable preparation activity - for example a speeding over hilltop sedan with "temporary authorized" sticker on the side that totally freaked me out.
Passed a few people walking out of the service road with clipboards and I can surmise they were the new pilots from what I heard them talking about.
Would be surprised if trams were to start again this week but for sure the fun times are over if you like peace and quiet.

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Re: Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Shuttle

Post by hikeaz » Mar 19 2019 8:58 am

(March 18, 2019) – Following issuance of a special use permit to the Regional Partnering Center (RPC) to operate a shuttle service in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, RPC started the transitional shuttle service on March 18.



Although the transitional service will be fully operational, implementation will continue during upcoming months as new features and services are incorporated, culminating in delivery of the new, modern electric shuttle system.



Beginning March 18, the transitional, gasoline-powered shuttles will run on two routes as follows:



For the Upper Sabino Canyon route, shuttles will leave on the half hour every thirty minutes beginning at 9:00 a.m. The last shuttle will leave at 4:00 p.m. Shuttle vehicles will carry up to 21 passengers each. Ticket prices are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children aged 3 to 12, and free for children under 3.


For the Bear Canyon route, shuttles will leave on the quarter hour every 30 minutes beginning at 9:15 a.m., with the last shuttle leaving at 4:15 p.m. Shuttle vehicles will carry up to 21 passengers each. Ticket prices are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children aged 3 to 12, and free for children under 3.


There will be only 3 vehicles for the first few days of shuttle service on the Upper Sabino Canyon route, due to a windshield being replaced on the fourth vehicle.


Tickets may be purchased with credit cards at the shuttle ticket booth or with cash in the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center.


The transitional service, which will be fully compliant with the Coronado National Forest’s vehicle design requirements, will feature 21-passenger, gasoline-powered shuttles that will remain in operation until a full fleet of electric shuttles can be manufactured, delivered, and put into service on the Sabino Canyon route. Due to water level concerns, gasoline-powered vehicles will primarily service Bear Canyon, with electric shuttles being used as feasible on that route.

RPC has ordered the electric shuttles from Trams International, with Tucson Electric Power helping to finance RPC’s purchase of the new vehicles (As they need recharging; right?). The zero-emission (Not really.... electricity and battery manufacturing emits tons of emissions) electric shuttles, expected later this year, will carry passengers safely, quietly, and efficiently through Sabino Canyon, which attracts approximately one million visitors annually. The 62-passenger electric shuttles will be equipped with an audio narration and interpretive system available in English and Spanish and accessed through the use of audio jacks and headsets. For shuttle operations, RPC has entered into a partnership with Total Transit Enterprises (Total Ride), which operates the Regional Transportation Authority’s Sun Shuttle.
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Re: Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Shuttle

Post by chumley » Mar 19 2019 9:02 am

There will be only 3 vehicles for the first few days of shuttle service on the Upper Sabino Canyon route, due to a windshield being replaced on the fourth vehicle.
How many days does it take to replace a windshield? They should bring it to the local Circle K, and some pestering guy who won't leave you alone will have it done in about 20 minutes.

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Re: Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Shuttle

Post by hikeaz » Mar 19 2019 10:01 am

chumley wrote:
Mar 19 2019 9:02 am
There will be only 3 vehicles for the first few days of shuttle service on the Upper Sabino Canyon route, due to a windshield being replaced on the fourth vehicle.
How many days does it take to replace a windshield? They should bring it to the local Circle K, and some pestering guy who won't leave you alone will have it done in about 20 minutes.
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