Yuma County Area Transit
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|Parent||Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority|
|Headquarters||2715 E. 14th Street|
|Service area||Yuma County, Arizona|
Imperial County, California
|Service type||Transit bus|
|Fuel type||Diesel, Gasoline|
|Chief executive||Shelly Kreger|
The Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) system is a public transportation system based in Yuma County, Arizona. Since 1990 the agency has grown from a new transit service offering paratransit to the current mix of fixed-route and demand-responsive services serving over 32,000 riders per month, with an annual operating budget of $2.5 million. YCAT is also the local Greyhound Lines agent.
Before 1999 only private transportation companies operated any type of transit service in Yuma County, with taxis serving the urbanized areas and private van services providing transportation between San Luis and Yuma. Paratransit in Yuma County began in February 1999. When the Saguaro Foundation began operating a public dial-a-ride system funded by Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) in 1996, YMPO's fixed-route service began in February 1999 with service between San Luis and Yuma under the name Valley Transit.
The name YCAT or Yuma County Area Transit was adopted in 2002, with a new system of two routes, a local route within Yuma and an intercity route between San Luis and Yuma/Arizona Western College. YCAT service between Yuma and Foothills was initiated in 2001, but the ridership was not considered high enough to justify the cost, and the system was shortened to terminate at Arizona Western College.
After a comprehensive review of the transit system by Moore and Associates, as well as financial and operating difficulties in 2003 which nearly caused the fixed-route transit system to shut down, the city of Yuma and other member jurisdictions in Yuma County contributed additional funding to the system. YMPO selected a new operating contractor, and service survived. Two routes were added to the system in 2004, and an additional route to Wellton was initiated in January 2006. Service was expanded to 10:00 pm on all routes in the system on a network of seven routes.
In 2010, again after financial and operating difficulties, reductions in funding from the State of Arizona and local member entities, which resulted in the elimination of two routes within the City of Yuma, reduction of service hours from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. YCAT came very close to closing down. However, a new operations strategy adopted by YMPO came into play to save the transit system using a reduced level of local funding from its member entities with the exception of the City of Yuma. In December 2010, a new agency - Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) was formed to assume the operation of transit services from YMPO, which was completed on July 1, 2012. A new service delivery model was implemented on January 9, 2012, with a complete restructure of all routes to improve efficiency. Today, a total of 9 routes now operate Monday through Saturday on a fleet of 17 YCAT fixed route buses and 11 cutaways and vans.
Both demand-response and fixed-route service is administered and funded by the YCIPTA and its member agencies, and operated by a private contractor. Presently, YCIPTA owns all vehicles for fixed-route and demand-response service as well as the lease for the East 14th Street and Atlantic Avenue maintenance facility.
What is YCIPTA
Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA)
Under Arizona Revised Statutes - Title 28 Transportation, an intergovernmental public transportation authority (IPTA) may be organized in any county in Arizona with a population of two hundred thousand persons or less. Besides the YCIPTA, the Coconino and Yavapai Counties; the city of Flagstaff, and Northern Arizona University formed the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA) to assume public transit services from the city of Flagstaff, and Coconino County in an attempt to unify and coordinate public transit services in this region.
The YCIPTA is an IPTA that was formed on December 13, 2010 by the Yuma County Board of Supervisors to administer, plan, operate and maintain public transit services throughout Yuma County, including within the political jurisdictional boundaries of the Cities of Yuma, San Luis, Somerton, Town on Wellton and the unincorporated Yuma County areas.
On September 21, 2010, the Town of Wellton and City of Somerton passed a resolution to petition the County to form the IPTA. On October 3 and 20, 2010 respectively, the Cities of San Luis and Yuma passed a resolution to petition the County to form the IPTA. On December 6, 2010, Northern Arizona University petitioned the County to join the IPTA. On December 13, 2010, the County held a public hearing and approved the formation of the IPTA. On January 24, 2011, the Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) held its first Board of Directors meeting.
Since the first meeting, Arizona Western College, Quechan Indian Tribe, and Cocopah Indian Tribe has petition and joined the IPTA.
Support from the YMPO Executive Board was provided in August 2010 through the formation of a subcommittee to establish new governance structure for public transit management and again in August 2011 through the adoption of a resolution with an intent to transfer transit operations to YCIPTA by July 1, 2012. The transition was completed on July 1, 2012.
It is the intent that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding that is used to support Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) and Greater Yuma Area Dial-A-Ride (DAR) would be used by YCIPTA through YCIPTA designation as a grantee. YCIPTA would receive local match funding from the governmental entities, Indian tribes plus Northern Arizona University and Arizona Western College.
Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) is the marketing name for the YCIPTA and the fixed route transit system. YCAT OnCall is the marketing name for the demand responsive transit system, previously known as Greater Yuma Area Dial-A-Ride. YCAT began in 2003 as a rebranded effort from what was previously known as Valley Transit. Greater Yuma Area Dial-A-Ride began in 1996 and was the county’s first public transportation service. The Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) has been the administrator of public transit service in Yuma County since 1999 utilizing Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding that has been available to the Yuma Urbanized Area since 1980 when the urbanized area exceeds 50,000 in population. YCIPTA has since taken over.
YCIPTA is managed by a Transit Director with support staff. YCIPTA has agreements in place with Yuma County for human resources, financial services, Treasurer, Clerk of the Board, and Information Technology support. YCIPTA had a management agreement in place with YMPO to manage the day-to-day operations of the transit system until June 30, 2012.
There are nine Board Members that consist of City Administrators, Town Manager, Tribal Planning Directors, College Presidents and County Administrator from the member entities that set the overall policy for the transit system. Each member entity receives one vote on the Board of Directors. When financial contributions are discussed, the Board of Directors has opted towards a weighted voting structure to ensure that members that pay more into the system have fair representation. The Board of Directors meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 1:30 pm at Yuma County Development Services Building inside Aldrich Hall.
YCAT operates nine fixed routes and a demand responsive service throughout the southwestern quadrant of Yuma County and portions of Imperial County. YCAT operates Monday-Friday from 5:50 am to approximately 7:30 pm, with limited service continuing until 11:00 pm. On Saturday, service operates from 9:15 am to 6:30 pm with headways every 60 minutes. There is no service on Sundays or major holidays at this time. These services are provided under a contractual arrangement with First Transit of Cincinnati, Ohio. First Transit is part of First Group, a United Kingdom-based corporation that also consists of Greyhound, First Student and First Group operations in the United Kingdom.
YCAT operates 28 buses. 17 buses are powered by diesel and used on YCAT fixed routes. 8 buses and 3 vans are powered by gasoline and used on YCAT OnCall. All buses and vans are owned by YCIPTA and were purchased with Federal Transit Administration funding.
YCAT System Map
Red Route 1
Service from Downtown Yuma Transit Center in a counter-clockwise direction in the City of Yuma serving Redondo Center Drive, 1st Street, 4th Ave, West Yuma Transfer Hub at Walmart on 26th St at Avenue B, 32nd Street, Yuma Airport & Pacific Avenue.
Orange Route 2
Service from Downtown Yuma Transit Center via 16th Street, Araby Road, Arizona Western College (AWC)/Northern Arizona University (NAU), Avenue 9E, Walmart Foothills to Fortuna Road and 35th Place.
Brown Route 3
Service within Fortuna Foothills with timed transfers to Orange Route 2/2A at Arizona Western College/Northern Arizona University/University of Arizona.
Yellow Route 95
Service from Downtown Yuma Transit Center to San Luis via West Yuma Transfer Hub, Somerton and Gadsden.
Blue Route 5
Service within the Quechan/Fort Yuma Indian Reservation to Yuma connecting Quechan Casino Resort and Paradise Casino Resort."Blue Route 5". Retrieved 11 October 2012.</ref>
Green Route 4
Service in a clockwise direction within the City of Yuma from Yuma Palms Regional Center Transit Center via Pacific Avenue, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, West Yuma Transfer Hub at Walmart on 26th Street at Avenue B, MCAS Housing and 3rd Street in downtown Yuma to Yuma Palms Regional Center Transit Center via Castle Dome Avenue.
Purple Route 6/6A
Service from North Cocopah Reservation via Riverside Drive, Avenue C, 8th Street, Avenue A, 24th Street to West Yuma Transfer Hub at Walmart on 26th Street at Avenue B. Saturday service extended to Cocopah Casino, Somerton, East and West Cocopah Reservations.
Violet Route 7
Deviated fixed route service between Cocopah West Reservation, Cocopah East Reservation (westbound only), Mesa Verde/Orange Grove area and Cocopah Casino.
Gold Route 8
Deviated fixed route service from Downtown Yuma Transit Center to Wellton via AWC/NAU, Fortuna Foothills and on request to Ligurta.
Silver Route 9
Service from AWC/NAU to San Luis via AWC San Luis Center and State Route 195.y
Turquoise Route 10
Service from Yuma, AZ to El Centro, CA. Paradise Casino via Downtown Yuma and Winterhaven to Downtown El Centro (Operates Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday only).
YCAT - Special Services
Service from AWC/NAU to Winterhaven, Yuma, Somerton, San Luis, Cocopah Reservations, Fortuna Foothills and unincorporated areas within a ¾ mile radius of existing YCAT routes only.
Other Special Services
On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day, limited service is provided between AWC/NAU/UA and Yuma Palms Regional Center on an advance reservation basis only.
- "About YCAT". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- National Express to Operate Yuma County Area Transit Service in August
- "Red Route 1". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Orange Route 2". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Brown Route 3". Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- "Yellow Route 95". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Green Route 4". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Purple Route 6/6A". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Violet Route 7". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Gold Route 8". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Silver Route 9". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Turquoise Route 10". Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- "Special Services". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- Johnson, Kim (November 20, 2013). "Yuma County Area Transit Reforms". Arizona Edition. Yuma, Arizona. KAWC-FM.