Posted on May 26th, 2020 in News

Volume of Riders Does Not Allow For Safe Social Distancing Measures

VISALIA, CA – For the health and safety of riders and employees, the 2020 summer season of the Sequoia Shuttle has been cancelled.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The National Park Service and the City of Visalia have decided that the Sequoia Shuttle system will not have a 2020 season,” stated Angelina Soper, City of Visalia Transit Manager. “While the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are closed, it’s been determined that when the Parks re-open, we will not be able to safely move passengers using the shuttle system within the limitations of the current CDC recommended social distancing and safety standards.”

Almost one million visitors were transported within the Park in the 2019 season through Visalia Transit’s Sequoia Shuttle, with thousands more utilizing the Shuttle from pick-up and drop-off points in Visalia and the surrounding foothill stops.

“In addition to budget constraints due to park closures, the volume of passengers we serve is not conducive to effective social distancing. Limiting the number of riders on the buses would still leave hundreds of passengers huddled together at bus stops, so we have chosen to act in the best interest of public health and safety,” added Soper.

For those who purchased gift certificates for the 2020 season, Visalia Transit will honor them during the next open Sequoia Shuttle season. For additional information or questions, call 877-BUS-HIKE or visit www.sequoiashuttle.com.

For information from the National Park Service on re-opening, the COVID-19 pandemic, information or Park alerts, call (559) 565-3341 or visit www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit.


Contact: Allison M. Mackey, Communications Manager