Arizona Shuttle takes over local airport transit

Arizona Shuttle takes over local airport transit
Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo

Patrick Whitehurst
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT – Beginning Jan. 1, the local airport shuttle officially merged with Arizona Shuttle, but service to the Phoenix airport isn’t expected to change, according to Prescott Transit Authority CEO Stephen Silvernale.

Prescott Transit Authority has operated the airport shuttle for 18 years. The merger, Silvernale said, does not mean Prescott Transit Authority is closing shop. The business will continue other aspects of its day-to-day operation, which includes limousine, taxi service, city bus services, charter buses and non-emergency medical transportation.

“Prescott Transit will remain,” he said. “We’re really refocusing what we’re doing. Non-emergency medical transportation is really a growing market. We needed to add to our fleet and our drivers as well.”

Current shuttle employees, Silvernale said, were given the option of staying with Prescott Transit or transferring to Arizona Shuttle.

“Most of the employees went with them. Arizona Shuttle will be adding some schedules. They’re retooling and revamping for the community. Quite honestly, it’s going to be better for the community in terms of available service,” Silvernale said. “Those employees that did not transfer to Arizona Shuttle switched to a different division here within Prescott Transit.”

Arizona Shuttle General Manager Jeff Colson said the service plans to add an additional three trips to Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport as part of the merger. In all, 21 trips will be made daily.

“This merger allows us to bring expanded service to all Prescott-area travelers who need to get to Sky Harbor,” Colson said. “We know that Prescott Transit Authority has provided excellent service to all of their passengers, and we pledge that we will provide the same level of service and dependability to all customers, through this merger and beyond. Our goal is to make this transition seamless, so that there will be minimal or no impact on Prescott Transit Authority customers who already have trips to the airport scheduled and booked.”

Arizona Shuttle’s operation includes airport destinations, charter shuttles, and package delivery across the state, including locations such as Flagstaff, Prescott, Cottonwood, Sedona, Phoenix and Tucson, and acquired Prescott’s Shuttle U in August 2011.

Anyone with questions about shuttle trips that have already been booked can call Arizona Shuttle at 442-1000.

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