Originally Published: February 28, 2018 6 a.m.
The Prescott Citibus stopped running Jan. 31 after serving the citizens of Prescott for 97 years.
Prescott Transit Authority has been funding the Citibus as a gift to the citizens of Prescott, and they had asked the city to help with funding each year only to be turned down.
Many people depend upon the Citibus to get around to transport groceries and all the other things they need to live here. They go to restaurants, the movies, the casinos, etc. The Citibus got people out of their homes and helps keep them healthier in body and mind.
Prescott is getting larger, and the residents and visitors more diverse. The Yavapai Regional Transportation bus is great for getting people between the three major cities, but it doesn’t have enough stops to make it feasible for getting around within these cities.
The Citibus should be expanded, not eliminated. And more advertising should be done to increase ridership. We need two buses, and the route needs to be expanded.
It should start running earlier and end later, so folks could use it to get to work and back. I think the bus should run on natural gas, electricity or hydroelectric and not use fossil fuels. Citizens would get healthier and more businesses would reap the benefits of getting customers to their businesses. Visitors could see more of the city, and, in my humble opinion, better mass transit would make Prescott a more beautiful and friendlier place to visit and live.