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A miniature Sedona RoadRunner hits the streets of West Sedona on Monday, June 4, for a 10-week pilot program aimed at residents.
By Trista Steers
Larson Newspapers

A miniature Sedona RoadRunner hits the streets of West Sedona on Monday, June 4, for a 10-week pilot program aimed at residents.

A 10-passenger van displaying the same design as the RoadRunner trolleys in Uptown will take riders from the Uptown Municipal Parking Lot to the Sedona Public Library with 12 other stops in between.

“I think it’s going to add so much to the community. It gives residents an opportunity they’ve never had,” Jim Wagner, Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority Sedona program manager, said.

Sedona City Council recently agreed to fund the program at the request of City Manager Eric Levitt.

Assistant to the City Manager Andrea Costello said city staff projects the program to cost $25,000 to $30,000. Funding comes from the city’s general fund.

The van picks up its first passengers at the Uptown parking lot at 11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Forty-three minutes later, the van stops at the library. The cycle is repeated at the beginning of every hour until 6 p.m.

Blue signs with numbers corresponding to the numbers on the route map will be at each stop.

To catch a ride, people have to pay $1 for a day pass unless they are a Sedona Community Center or Boys & Girls Club member. Membership identification is required.

Costello said the target audience is youth in the community, which is why the summer months were chosen as the test period.

Costello and Wagner scrambled to get the program together before school ended to get information to students.

Council approved the project May 18 and brochures had to be to schools before the last day of classes.

Wagner said locals are encouraged to take advantage of the service. Small children have to be accompanied by an adult.

Drivers will keep track of the number of riders and general age, Wagner said, to give council hard ridership numbers. Participation this year determines the Fun Run’s fate.

“If this thing seems to work, I’m sure the City Council would consider it in the future,” Wagner said.


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