Unable to attend a workshop? We still want to hear from you!

If you weren’t able to attend one of the workshops last week, we missed you! However, there is still opportunity to review the recommendations presented during the meetings and provide feedback on those recommendations.

Click here to view the workshop presentation.

Click here to view a summary of the workshop discussions.

After you’ve reviewed the presentation, click here to complete the priority form provided to workshop attendees.  (If you already submitted your form during one of the workshops, please don’t submit another one.)

Additional comments may also be submitted via the Contact Us page.

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Hear the details regarding potential bus service

Details regarding potential intercity bus service to be unveiled at upcoming Community Workshops

A summary of recent community input as well as the list of potential options regarding a new intercity bus service will be presented during a series of community workshops sponsored by the SouthEastern Arizona Governments Organization (SEAGO). If implemented, the proposed service could link Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, and Sierra Vista. While each community has its own local public transit service, the absence of affordable, intercity public bus service has frequently been cited as a barrier to accessing employment, healthcare, and educational opportunities and services.

The schedule for the public workshops is presented below:

  • Friday, February 3, 2017
    • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona
      (302-01 El Camino Real, Sierra Vista)
    • 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Benson Senior Center (705 W. Union St., Benson)
    • 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. | Bisbee Senior Center (300 Collins Rd., Bisbee)
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017
    • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Douglas Visitor’s Center (345 16th, Douglas)

Visit our Get Involved page for more information and feedback.

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Summary From Workshops

Four community “listening sessions” were held in Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, and Sierra Vista on October 19-20, 2016. The workshops allowed local residents, stakeholders, and SEAGO staff to communicate openly about the regional mobility needs and priorities.  Below is a summary of some of the items discussed during these sessions.

  • We need more public transportation options between neighboring communities. Transportation within each community in Cochise County is important, but also to regional destinations, such as Tucson.
  • Potential services must include an advocate/volunteer to ride with the elderly to appointments. Under some private programs the advocate/volunteer must also drive their own vehicle. If public transit were available, the advocate/volunteer would not have to be a driver. More people are likely to volunteer knowing they don’t have to incur the cost of driving or do the actual driving.
  • Many patients arrive at the hospitals in Sierra Vista and Bisbee via ambulance, yet have no way to return to their homes.
  • An inter-city service would allow people to go to the movies, go shopping, etc. in other communities if transportation became available.
  • Providing a route/loop every 30-60 minutes would encourage more users. It would translate to convenient and reliable options.
  • Some of the funding should be used for marketing, rider education, and travel training.
  • There is a desire to feel more connected with Tucson and the rest of Cochise County. For example, you cannot buy a Greyhound bus ticket in Benson except online. Implementing the proposed service would result in more connectivity.
  • Networking and collaborating with the neighboring communities is a must in order to make this as successful as possible.
  • Reliability (on-time performance) of the inter-city transit routes is a concern. They need to be reliable if people are going to depend on them to get to work, appointments, etc.
  • Inter-city vehicles/buses need to include bike racks.
  • Educating and marketing to the public is a necessity. Ensuring people know about the service will allow for more users, translating to sustainability.
  • While this would be a general public service, the initial users are likely to be low-income individuals or seniors.
  • ViCAP currently provides volunteer transportation to seniors and others. The proposed inter-city service is not intended to replace ViCAP, but will enhance its ability to serve the community. SEAGO is working closely with ViCAP throughout this project.
  • Consider day service from Bisbee to Sierra Vista on the weekdays, but reverse on the weekends. Bisbee has better nightlife than anywhere else.
  • It was suggested Copper Queen Hospital in Bisbee make routine appointments during bus service hours. Doing so would allow more people that have routine appointments to get the care they need.
  • Reporting for jury duty in Bisbee can be a hardship as there is no public transit service.
  • There are high school students that attend school outside their home community (mostly Bisbee and Sierra Vista). Be sure to reach out to the schools to assess possible demand.
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Stakeholder Survey Now Available

Are you someone who represents the interest of others in your community? Does your organization have an interest in intercity transportation? Take our Stakeholder Survey here and tell us about the intercity transportation needs of the population(s) you serve.  Then visit our Get Involved page to learn about Stakeholder Workshops scheduled for October 19-20.  Thank you!

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Workshop dates announced

Dates for community and stakeholder workshops in support of the project have just been announced.  They will be held October 19-20, 2016, in Douglas, Bisbee, Benson, and Sierra Vista.  Visit our Get Involved page for details on dates, times, and locations. See you there!

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Community Survey Now Open!

The SouthEastern Arizona Governments Organizations (SEAGO) is studying the need for intercity bus routes between Douglas, Bisbee, and Sierra Vista; between Sierra Vista and Benson; and between Cochise County and other locations. We’d like to know how you get around, as well as if there are things we can do to help you get to your preferred destinations.

Everyone who completes a survey by October 31 will be entered into a random drawing for one of four $50 VISA gift cards.

Click here to take the survey.

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Welcome!

Welcome to the online home of the Cochise County Intercity Route Feasibility Study.  The study is designed to find out if new bus routes linking Douglas, Bisbee, Sierra Vista, and Benson would help people travel throughout Cochise County and beyond.

Our project team will be asking the community for input about their transportation needs in early fall 2016. This will include a community survey and community workshops. We will use this input to design potential new intercity bus routes, which will be presented to the community in late fall 2016. Using this input, we will work with community leaders to design a plan for the preferred bus routes option.

We hope you’ll stop by frequently and follow us to keep up-to-date on the progress of this important project.  We expect to be launching our community survey soon, and we hope you will choose to participate.  In the meantime, we invite you to explore our website to learn more about the project.

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