|Wednesday, Aug 17, 2005|
Grand Canyon, AZ A popular shuttle bus stop located at Market Plaza on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is slated for improvements following the Labor Day Weekend. Construction on the Market Plaza Shuttle Bus Stops project will begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2005, and is expected to be completed by the first week in November. Routes and time schedules of the parks free shuttle bus service will not be altered during construction, but the existing shuttle stop will be temporarily relocated to an close-by area in the Market Plaza parking lot.
Once the project has been completed, there will be two distinct shuttle bus stops. The stop at the existing location beside Yavapai Lodge Gift Shop and Cafeteria will service only eastbound routes. A second, new stop will be constructed across the street from Yavapai Lodge Lobby, and will service only westbound routes. Informational route signage will be located at both stops.
The work involves construction of new canopied seating areas, concrete pedestrian staging areas, as well as concrete braking and loading pads for buses and provisions for storm water drainage. Improvements will be in compliance with current accessibility standards.
This project is being funded through the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program. Authorized in 1996, the program allows participating federal agencies to retain a percentage of fee revenues collected to help address unmet needs for visitor services, repairs and maintenance, and resource management. Preliminary design was provided by the National Park Service Denver Service Center, with parkwide consultation. A contract for final design and construction was awarded to At Your Service Companies (AYS) of Phoenix, AZ.
These improvements are in keeping with the Parks 1995 General Management Plan, and are designed with an emphasis on transit-oriented visitation that will improve visitor safety and provide for a better visitor experience. Approximately 1 million visitors annually ride the parks free shuttle bus system. The system provides service throughout the South Rim developed area including Market Plaza, which is a hub of retail outlets and visitor services that include a lodge, cafeteria, gift shop, general store, bank and post office.
For more information about this project, please contact Kate Hammond, DSC Project Manager at 303-969-2949, or by email at Kate_Hammond@nps.gov or Michael Leary, Grand Canyon Project Manager at 928-226-0160, or by email at Michael_Leary@nps.gov -NPS-