Welcome to the Cochise County Intercity Route Feasibility Study.
The SouthEastern Arizona Governments Organization (SEAGO) is conducting a study to determine if new bus routes linking Douglas, Bisbee, Sierra Vista, and Benson would help people travel throughout Cochise County.
Currently, public transit in Cochise County includes services in Benson (Benson Area Transit), Bisbee (Bisbee Bus), and Douglas (Douglas Rides), as well as the City of Sierra Vista’s Vista Transit. The only existing intercity route links Douglas and Bisbee.
SEAGO wants to know if there is demand for new routes that would expand service from Douglas/Bisbee to Sierra Vista, and possibly add a new route linking Sierra Vista with Benson. We are also exploring ways to coordinate with private transportation operators serving both the U.S. and Mexico.
Connecting Bisbee and Douglas to Sierra Vista is important given Sierra Vista’s status as the county’s largest city and home to many of the region’s colleges and largest employers, including Fort Huachuca. Linking these cities to Benson would help people connect to Greyhound national bus service and Amtrak passenger rail service.
The primary goal of the study is to help people more easily travel to their preferred destinations in Douglas, Bisbee, Sierra Vista, and Benson, and potentially beyond.
The project will begin with a community survey and community workshops to identify any unmet intercity transportation needs, and to determine if new bus service would help Cochise County residents and employees get where they need to go. This will take place in early fall 2016.
Following this outreach, options for potential new bus routes will be designed that could address these needs. SEAGO and its project partners will present these options to the community in late fall 2016, then work to finalize a plan for the preferred option.
The preferred plan for potential new intercity bus routes will be presented to local policy-making boards in early 2017. The project is expected to be complete in March 2017.
The goal is to create a plan that truly meets the needs of the community, improving quality of life for people who travel to and from cities within Cochise County.