Transit Programs and Grants

5311 Rural Public Transportation Program

Participating Programs

City of Benson

In July 2010, the city of Benson assumed operation of transit services in the greater Benson area to the elderly and disabled Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. One vehicle provides 7,600 rides annually. The service, previously operated by Catholic Community Services under an FTA Section 5310 grant, transitioned to FTA Section 5311 in October 2010. A second vehicle, operating on a deviated fixed route, began service in early 2011. Service is open to the general public.

For more information, please contact:
Cheri Shull
120 W. 6th St.
Benson, AZ 85602
Phone: 520.720.6333
City of Benson

City of Bisbee

The Bisbee Bus operates a fixed-route service that will deviate up to three quarters of a mile for clients with special needs and the elderly. The service area includes Old Bisbee, Warren, San Jose and the Naco area. Service connecting the Bisbee Bus to the Cochise Commuter, operating between Douglas/Bisbee and Sierra Vista, was suspended in January 2010 due to lack of local match funds.  

For more information, please contact:
Corinna Carbajal
118 Arizona St.
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: 520.508.1936
City of Bisbee


Bullhead City

Bullhead Area Transit Service (BATS)

BATS operates fixed-route with complimentary PARA transit dial-a-ride demand-response system. The deviated fixed-route system operates three routes. Route 1 (red) operates north/south along the Highway 95 corridor. Route 2 (blue) operates west/east in the Riviera area of the city, servicing major shopping and medical centers. Route 3 (green) provides service to north residential areas and connections to medical services. The dial-a-ride service operates throughout the Bullhead City limits.

For more information, please contact:
Rob LaFontaine
Transit Coordinator
1255 Marina Blvd.
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
Phone: 928.704.2287
Transit1@bullheadcity.com
Bullhead City

Bullhead Area Transit System Logo
Bullhead Area Transit System Van

City of Coolidge

The Cotton Express Transit service operates fixed-route and dial-a-ride service. The fixed route is operated with west and east central loops, each taking 30 minutes traveling north and south along Arizona Boulevard. Each route serves residential areas to the east and west of this main corridor in Coolidge. Dial-a-ride service is for clients with special needs due to age or disability.

In August 2010, Pinal Central Xpress service started, providing regional connections between Florence, Coolidge and Casa Grande.

The Cotton Express Transit service operates fixed-route and dial-a-ride service. The fixed route is operated with west and east central loops, each taking 30 minutes traveling north and south along Arizona Boulevard. Each route serves residential areas to the east and west of this main corridor in Coolidge. Dial-a-ride service is for clients with special needs due to age or disability.

In August 2010, Pinal Central Xpress service started, providing regional connections between Florence, Coolidge and Casa Grande.

For more information, please contact:
Michael Meyers
Transit Manager
Phone: 520.723.7195
City of Coolidge

Coolidge Cotton Express
Coolidge Cotton Express Bus

City of Cottonwood

Cottonwood Area Transit (CAT) has two (2) fixed bus routes serving the communities of Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Verde Village. Routes connect on the hour at Cottonwood Library where riders can transfer from one bus route to another without waiting.

Route 1 (blue route) serves central Cottonwood with expanded service to Verde Village.

Route 2 (red route) connects Cottonwood to Clarkdale with expanded service to Yavapai Community College.

Buses run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and serve signed bus stops located all along the routes.

CAT dial-a-ride provides curb-to-curb transportation for people with disabilities who are unable to use the CAT fixed-route buses and is available to riders who are more than half a mile from a fixed-route bus stop.

If you have a question, suggestion, comment or concern, please call 928.634.2287 or visit the city of Cottonwood website.

Cottonwood Area Transit
Cottonwood Area Transit Van

City of Douglas

The city of Douglas operates Douglas Rides, a deviated fixed-route transit service in the city of Douglas and a dial-a-ride service for passengers with special needs. Dial-a-ride service requires 24-hour advance reservation. The Douglas Rides service began December 2006 and operated three routes with a total of 59 stops throughout the city of Douglas.

The Cochise Commuter service between the cities of Douglas, Bisbee and Sierra Vista was suspended in January 2010 due to lack of local match funding.

For more information, please contact:
Humberto Rivera
Transportation Program Manager
Phone: 520.364.4474
City of Douglas

Douglas

City of Kingman

The Kingman Area Regional Transit system operates a deviated-route system on four routes with a dial-a-ride service for the elderly and disabled in the city of Kingman and greater Kingman-Butler area. The deviated-route service has 78 stops throughout the city of Kingman, providing a connection with medical, employment, commercial and education centers.

For more information, please contact:
Sheri Furr
Phone: 928.692.3103
City of Kingman

Kingman Area Regional Transit
Kingman Area Transit Bus

Lake Havasu City

Havasu Area Transit operates five routes stopping at 89 bus stops in Lake Havasu City, Desert Hills and the Shops at Lake Havasu. All five routes connect at 30 minutes after the hour at the downtown transfer station and provide the rider a free transfer to another route. The scheduled route service operates Monday through Friday. Curb-to-curb service is available for the elderly, qualified disabled and individuals who live more than three-quarters of a mile beyond the scheduled route area at a premium fare rate.

For more information, please contact:
Bonnie Forslin
Transit Manager
Phone: 928.453.7600
Lake Havasu City

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Lake Havasu Bus

City of Maricopa

City of Maricopa Express Transit (COMET)

The COMET service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays within Maricopa, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., with fare $1 per one-way trip. With the demand response, the rider can be picked up at his or her curb and taken to any location within Maricopa. Riders are required to call at least 24 hours before or can make a reservation up to 14 days in advance. Demand response will not be considered a private taxi service, but a public transportation system with shared rides. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the COMET provides transit service to regional medical facilities. On Tuesdays, you can travel from any location in Maricopa to Chandler Regional Hospital and within a five-mile radius from the hospital. On Thursdays, you can travel from Maricopa to the Casa Grande Regional Medical Facility and within a five-mile radius. The fares for services outside the city are $3 roundtrip. Same-day requests for service will be honored on the basis of available space. The COMET also provides intercity services, allowing riders to connect to other regional transit programs, Valley Metro and Central Arizona Regional Transit (CART) that can be accessed at transit centers within the five-mile radius.

For more information, please contact:
City of Maricopa Express Transit (COMET)
Phone: 520.316.6959

City of Show Low and Town of Pinetop-Lakeside

The Four Seasons Connection operates a deviated fixed-route service in the city of Show Low, town of Pinetop-Lakeside and unincorporated Navajo County between the communities and to the Hon-Dah Resort and Conference Center. Service is provided on two routes with 61 stops linking commercial, medical, municipal and recreation centers throughout the service area.

Since April 2009, the White Mountain connection has been providing service three times each weekday between Pinetop-Lakeside and Holbrook.

For more information, please contact:
Pete Erlenbach
Four Seasons Connection Contractor
Phone: 928.537.0627
City of Show Low

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White Mountain Connection Logo

City of Sierra Vista

Vista Transit provides fixed route system with five routes. The routes are designed as neighborhood circulators that meet every half hour at the transit transfer center and serve major employers, low-income housing, shopping centers, senior activity centers, medical facilities and all city, state and county offices. Curb-to-curb paratransit service is also available for eligible riders with mobility limitations with a 24-hour advance reservation.

For more information, please contact:
Ryan Kooi
Transit Manager
Phone: 520.417.4888
City of Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista Transit Logo
Sierra Vista Transit Bus

City of Page and Helping Hands Agency

The Helping Hands Agency provides public transportation known as the EXPRESS. The EXPRESS provides a deviated fixed-route service that operates on six separate routes with a total of 60 stops of commercial, social-service agencies, senior and assisted-living homes, and employment centers in and around the city of Page.

For more information, please contact:
Cynthia Kokasko
Phone: 928.645.9596

Hopi Tribe

The Hopi Senom Transit System operates two fixed routes servicing medical, employment, commercial, human-service programs and low-income or public-housing locations to and from Keams Canyon, Moencopi, Flagstaff, Tuba City and Kykotsmovi. The transit service also provides vanpool-type service between Flagstaff and Kykotsmovi.

For more information, please contact:
Judy Pollingyumptewa
Transit Manger
Phone: 928.734.3231
Hopi5311@yahoo.com

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Navajo Nation

The Navajo Transit System operates a fixed-route service throughout the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico. Service areas include Fort Defiance, Tuba City, Kayenta, Chinle, Window Rock, Farmington, Crownpoint, Gallup and Toyei. Arizona and New Mexico provide Section 5311 program funds to the Navajo Transit System.

For more information, please contact:
Lee Bigwater
Transit Manager
Phone: 928.729.4108

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Tucson RTA

RTA Sun Shuttle services are provided to rural neighborhoods in Marana, Oro Valley, Catalina, Sahuarita, Green Valley, San Xavier and Tucson Estates, with additional funding from the Regional Transportation Authority. As part of the regional seamless transit system, Sun Shuttle connects to Sun Tran services, giving access to the entire Tucson metropolitan area. In addition, the RTA operates three fixed routes — Ajo to Tucson, Ajo to Why and Ajo to Gila Bend — and a dial-a-ride service that connect with services to Phoenix. Dial-a-ride service operates within the town of Ajo.

For more information, please contact:
Jeremy Papuga
Transit Services Manager
Phone: 520.792.9222
Pima County

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Tucson - Ajo Bus

Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA)

Valley Metro / RPTA utilizes Section 5311 funding to operate two routes:

  • Route 660 provides three weekday roundtrips from Wickenburg to Glendale, with a stop in Surprise.
  • Route 685 provides service from Gila Bend into Phoenix.

Service is provided along MC85 with stops in Buckeye, Avondale, Goodyear, Tolleson and Desert Sky Mall in Phoenix. This service also connects with Pima Regional Transportation Authority service provided from Ajo to Gila Bend.

For more information, please contact:
Anne MacCracken
Transportation Planner
Phone: 602.262.7433
Valley Metro

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

The Salt River Transit System provides dial-a-ride service for tribal residents traveling to Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale for employment and medical services. All trips are provided on a 24-hour advance reservation. Five service areas have been established for efficiency.

For more information, please contact:
Frank Kauakahi
Transit Manager
Phone: 480.362.7310
saltriver.pima-maricopa.nsn.us

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Salt River Pima Van

San Carlos Apache Transit

The San Carlos Apache Tribe established a Transportation Department in 2007 in response to mobility needs for individuals living within the San Carlos Apache Tribe reservation. Transit services are provided on and near the reservation, and it is anticipated that the transit system will expand to further locations. The target population has consistently been customers who are low-income, disabled and elderly, as well as individuals without readily available transportation. Services are operated as fixed routes; however, demand response and deviated- / flex-route operations are available. Individuals, including those needing ADA Paratransit services and those needing door-to-door services, contact the Nnee Bich'o Nii Transit offices for planning and scheduling transit services.

For more information, please contact:
Bernadette Kniffin
Transit Manager
Phone: 928.475.5011 ext. 246

Town of Chino Valley

The recommended service plan for Chino Valley provides for 24 hours of transit service weekly. Service is available four days a week from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local demand-response service would be operated two days a week (Tuesday and Thursday are suggested) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Regional trips to Prescott would be operated on Monday and Wednesday with one morning departure at 8 a.m. and one midday trip departure at 11:30 a.m. In Prescott, this service will deviate along the route to pick up and drop off passengers.

For more information, please contact:
Jason Kelly
Park and Recreation
Phone: 928.636.3602
Town of Chino Valley

Town of Miami

Cobre Valley Community Transit operates a demand-response / curb-to-curb service in the town of Miami to the city of Globe and to a large unincorporated area in Gila County. Clientele utilizing the service includes low-income citizens, college students and the elderly and disabled.

For more information, please contact:
Denise Wolford
Transit Coordinator
Phone: 928.473.8222

Miami Cobre Valley Transit
Miami Van

Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority

Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) utilizes Section 5311 funding to operate all transit routes outside the Yuma urbanized area. These routes include Orange Route 2 (Yuma-Fortuna Foothills), Brown Route 3 (Fortuna Foothills Shuttle), Gold Route 8 (Wellton-Yuma), Silver Route 9 (AWC-San Luis), Yellow Route 95 (Yuma-San Luis) and YCAT OnCall ADA paratransit services. YCAT operates Monday through Friday from 5:50 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with limited evening service until 11 p.m. from AWC / NAU / UA and on Saturday from 9:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. All routes operate every 60 minutes, with some exceptions. More details on YCAT routes are available online.

For more information, please contact:
John Andoh
Transit Director
Phone: 928.539.7076 ext 237
Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority