End of an Era for Prescott Transit Citibus

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Prescott Transit Authority has announced it the end of it’s Citibus service.

Regarded as “the only privately operated public bus service in the City of Prescott,” the company announced Friday on its Facebook page “after 96 years in service the Prescott Transit Citibus will be shutting down at the end of business Wednesday.”

The full social media post reads: It is with a little sadness that I must convey this news. After 96 years in service the Prescott Transit Citibus will be shutting down at the end of business Wednesday January 31st. I have enjoyed my 4 years as your driver. I have met a lot of nice people and made a few new friends along the way. It has been fun. And life moves on. I wish someone of means would see the need of people to provide free transport to the store for them as a ministry. Let me know if you have ideas or resources to do something like that. I will be driving the last three days. I hope to see you then. Thank you all for your love and support along the way.

The service ran a one-hour circuit in Prescott and was available for rides “anywhere we go for only $2 one way.”

Earlier Facebook posts, such as one from Jan. 15 of this year, discussed how the service is not publicly funded: “The Citibus receives no money from the City of Prescott to operate. The city receives the benefit of our services but does not help pay for them. It would help us if they did.”

After Jan. 31, quad-city residents will have only one choice – Yavapai Regional Transit. Their expanded service is available to residents of Chino Valley, Prescott and Prescott Valley, connecting the three municipalities.

Anyone with questions or concerns about the future of Citibus is encouraged to call 928-776-7433 and ask to speak to a manager.

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