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Shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon National Park and neighboring town of Tusayan to resume for season

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Date: May 10, 2011
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The National Park Service (NPS) will again offer shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan. The service will be available from May 14 through September 9 and will run at 15 minute intervals between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The first bus will leave Tusayan at 8:00 a.m. and Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 8:40 a.m. The last buses will leave both Tusayan and Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 9:30 p.m.

The shuttle buses will make four stops in Tusayan including the IMAX Theater/R.P.'s Stage Stop, Squire Inn, Airport (Grand Canyon Airlines terminal), and Western Discovery Museum. Public parking is available near the IMAX Theater, R.P.'s Stage Stop, and at the Airport.

Those taking advantage of this voluntary service by parking in Tusayan and riding the shuttle bus into Grand Canyon National Park's south entrance will have expedited entry into the park and will be able to connect with the park's free shuttle bus system at Grand Canyon Visitor Center. This service is provided free of charge; however, visitors entering the park via shuttle bus will need to purchase their entrance pass in advance. Entrance passes can be purchased at most of the hotels in Tusayan, including the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn, the Grand, Grand Canyon Red Feather Lodge and the Canyon Plaza Resort. Entrance passes can also be purchased at the IMAX Theater and R.P.'s Stage Stop, and Grand Canyon National Park Airport at the Grand Canyon Airlines terminal. Entrance passes purchased at these locations are valid for shuttle bus or private vehicle entry for seven days and are accepted at any of the Grand Canyon National Park's entrance stations. Those holding a valid America the Beautiful National Park and Federal Recreation Lands Pass or other valid pass will not need to purchase an additional entrance pass.

Informational signs regarding the service are posted along Highway 64 south of Tusayan, as well as at various locations in Tusayan that help make this system easy to use.

Buses are easily identifiable and are fueled with clean burning compressed natural gas. The buses are all wheelchair accessible and are equipped with bike racks.

Last year over 104,000 riders boarded the system between May 15 and September 12, representing a reduction of approximately 17,500 cars entering the park. If the Tusayan Route continues to prove successful, the National Park Service will continue to operate this service as funding allows.

Acting Superintendent Barclay Trimble, said of the service, "We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our park visitors and local residents again this year. Each year, many visitors and local residents take advantage of the service to travel from Tusayan into the park, and from the park into Tusayan thereby reducing crowding and further helping protect park resources. We hope visitors will continue to use and enjoy this service again this year."

Information regarding this route and the park's other shuttle bus routes which run throughout the South Rim area, including shuttle bus stops and parking locations, routes and schedules, is available in The Guide, a free park publication offered by the National Park Service and available at park entrance stations, visitor centers, and entrance pass purchase locations. The Guide is also available on line at http://www.nps.gov/grca.

For additional information on services and programs offered by the National Park Service at Grand Canyon, please click on the link referenced above or call the park at 928-638-7888.

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