On January 14, 2021, the Prescott Valley Town Council approved moving forward with a Micro-Transit plan in conjunction with the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO) funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
CYMPO, the Town of Prescott Valley, and the City of Prescott for the past several years have been exploring the potential for transit services. CYMPO is eligible to receive Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding to support public transportation services, but the money requires raising local matching funds, which has not been successful in the region.
In February 2020, the CYMPO Board approved the Central Yavapai Transit Implementation Plan Update (the “TRiP Study”), recommending the implementation of a public transportation demonstration program.
Shortly after the CYMPO Board approved the TRiP Study, the Covid pandemic hit the country. To mitigate the pandemic’s economic impacts, the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act. As an urbanized area, the Town of Prescott Valley and City of Prescott are eligible through this act for public transportation funding of $3.5 million.
The CARES Act funding can be used to support operations, and the money does not require local matching funding. This created the opportunity for Prescott and Prescott Valley to move forward with the TRiP demonstration program.
On May 20, 2020, the CYMPO Board approved hiring a transit professional to complete a focused phased upstart micro-transit system study using CARES Act funds. The study was complete this past October 2020. Designed to show the potential of such a program, transit service would start in Prescott Valley, after which it would be evaluated for its cost-effectiveness and value to the community. Prescott Valley could then opt to continue the service, and through a joint agreement, expand to Prescott, and provide connectivity between the two communities.
The Town has approved hiring a temporary Transit Development Coordinator in a position that is funded for three years and re-evaluated for regular status afterward. Reporting to the Public Works Director, the position will research, develop and coordinate implementation and operations of upstart transit service in collaboration with CYMPO and other community partners. For information on how to apply, visit www.pvaz.net or call Human Resources at 928-759-3009.
For more information visit https://www.pvaz.net/183/Transit-Program/