Visalia renews contract to operate Sequoia Shuttle
VISALIA – The City Council recently renewed its agreement with the National Park Service to operate the Sequoia Shuttle within the park. The City Council unanimously approved a five-year agreement with the National Park Service to operate the internal shuttle for $1.3 million per year.
The Sequoia Internal Shuttle began service in 2007 and has operated for 11 seasons. During the 2017 season, the internal shuttle provided an average of 8,837 rides per day with a season total of 794,603 rides. The Sequoia Internal Shuttle operates five routes serving all the major road-accessible destinations in the Giant forest, including Crescent Meadow, Dorst Creek Campground, the General Sherman Tree, the Giant Forest Museum, Lodgepole Campground including the Market and Visitor Center, Moro Rock, Wolverton, and Wuksachi Lodge.
The cost of the internal shuttle service is paid in full by the National Park Service and offered to the public free of charge. The shuttle solves two problems by providing transportation within park for those who are unable to drive or walk long distances and also alleviates overcrowding in the limited parking lots at major attractions and trail heads.
For 2018, NPS extended the season by six days through the weekend following Labor Day.