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Shuttle Service up and running for Sabino Canyon

TUCSON – A transitional shuttle service launched on Monday for the Sabino Canyon Recreation area. This comes while the new electric shuttle system is being completed.

“We’ve been waiting to take this trip. So I’m hoping to see beautiful flowers,” Brenda Sewell, a California resident said.

Riders get to pick between two routes for the shuttle service. The first hour-long route explores the scenic beauty of Sabino Canyon and the slightly shorter route showcases the desert landscape of Bear Canyon.

“We know a lot of people have been waiting for a lot of the shuttles to start running,” Heidi Schewel with Cornoado National Forest said.

Both shuttles will run every thirty minutes.

For the upper Sabino Canyon route, shuttles start at 9:00 a.m with the last shuttle leaving at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 3 to 12. Children under three are free.

For the Bear Canyon route, shuttles start at 9:15 a.m. with the last shuttle leaving at 4:15 p.m.Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children aged 3 to 12. Children under three are free.

“I think it’s going to be amazing. I hear about it at school and stuff and just being able to experience it,” Gia Loy said. “It’s going to be awesome and wonderful.”

This summer, officials say the gas-powered vehicles will be replaced by zero-emission electric shuttles.

“My husband wouldn’t have been able to get up to a higher elevation. So he’ll be able to get up to a higher elevation and be able to see the views,” Sewell said. “That’s a blessing.”

Tickets can be purchased with cash or credit at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center. The service will be operated seven days a week closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Charity Freeman

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