Editorials and Opinions

On Monday, Jan. 24, I relied on public transportation to get work.

Every few months I take the shuttle provided by the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority and local municipalities from Cottonwood to Uptown. It used to be the Sedona RoadRunner on its way to its Uptown circulator route. Now it’s the Verde Lynx, a drastic improvement in comfort.

Monday’s ride was the best I’ve had yet with the service. Both buses were on time getting me to my office before 8 a.m. and home when I expected.

Ridership still seemed low with eight people riding in with me and five riding back to Cottonwood. However, three people did get on in Uptown and off in West Sedona using the service to get around town.

A recent Sedona Red Rock News online poll — which is not scientific for obvious reasons associated with Internet voting — indicated those polled feel public transportation between Sedona and other Verde Valley communities should be the top priority when it comes to public transportation.

My experience on the bus yesterday reinforces that belief.

Everyone on the shuttle going to work knew each other and asked about others they hadn’t seen in a few days. I seemed to be the only outsider, and they welcomed me warmly with a “good morning” and “have a nice day.”

These people were on their way to work getting off at bus stops all over the city, and they’ve come to rely on the service to get them there.

For me, riding the Lynx is usually about convenience. I should ride more often, and I always say I’m going to use the service. However, realistically, I only ride when company is visiting and needs my vehicle or I’m meeting my fiance later in the day in Sedona. At those times, I am very thankful we have the service.