Ready for a tour? Try a Sabino Canyon Shuttle!

By Jim DeGrood, Deputy Director, Regional Transportation Authority, Regional Partnering Center

If you need a ride to the top of Sabino Canyon, you can now hop on board the new Sabino Canyon Shuttle to view the spectacular landscape. The new service launched March 18 in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.

The transitional service is managed by the Regional Partnering Center, a Tucson-based non-profit. Shuttle operations are provided by Total Transit Enterprises (Total Ride).

Operating on the Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon routes, the shuttles are gasoline-powered and carry up to 21 passengers and will remain in operation until the full fleet of zero-emission electric shuttles are manufactured and delivered for service at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.

Tucson Electric Power is helping the Regional Partnering Center to finance the electric shuttles, which are on order from Trams International and expected to be in service later this year. The 62-passenger electric shuttles will feature an audio narration and interpretive system available in English and Spanish.

• For the Upper Sabino Canyon route, shuttles will leave on the hour (off-season hours) beginning at 9:00 a.m. The last shuttle will leave at 4:00 p.m. 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. Ticket prices are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children aged 3 to 12, and free for children under 3.

Shuttle tickets now may be purchased with credit cards or cash.