Thank you to the many that provided feedback to help inform the Future Needs Assessment stage. A summary of findings from the Future Needs Assessment stage can be found in the "Future Needs Assessment" tab. This includes the highlights from the public feedback and results of the technical analysis. 


Based on the results from the Future Needs Assesment we will be developing short- and long-term transit scenarios and corresponding funding measures that will be made available on this site for public review and input. 


 About Flagstaff in Motion

Flagstaff in Motion addresses how to best provide and fund Mountain Line transit services. Amongst the key outcomes that will be generated as part of this effort is a prioritized list of service growth scenarios to support the region’s current and future transit needs. ​The framework for this plan will be based on the results from a comprehensive technical evaluation and community feedback.

SMART Goals & Objectives

To guide how Flagstaff In Motion will address the needs and priorities of the community we are using Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based SMART Goals. For example, SMART Goals will serve as selection criteria to help the project team identify and rank transit improvements. Listed below are the SMART Goals and Objectives that have been identified for this project.


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Continue to improve the quality and convenience of transit services in Northern Arizona to provide attractive transportation options for the community


  • Design transit service to have competitive travel times with cars
  • Increase the distance people can travel on transit in 30 minutes
  • Provide transit options which respond to community needs
  •  Improve transit amenities
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Increase access to transit services


  • Improve transit service coverage to better serve the residents
  • Provide access to employment opportunities through transit
  • Ensure safe and efficient connectivity of mode throughout service area
  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle connections to transit 
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Continue to improve mobility for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds


  • Provide transit service that accommodates ADA riders 
  • Improve access to transit for transit dependent populations
  • Make concerted efforts to engage underrepresented communities in the decision-making process
  • Continue to engage the Citizen's Advisory Committee in the decision-making process


Continue to reduce carbon consumption and emissions from single-occupant vehicle trips by providing attractive and convenient transit services to promote a healthier and more sustainable community


  •  Encourage drivers to shift to transit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Support the community's sustainability goals
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Integrate transit services with land use planning policies to continue to support economic development and community growth


  • Improve transit service for areas with high ridership propensity 
  • Collaborate with the City of Flagstaff and developers on high-density developments
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Continue to reduce the cost of living in Northern Arizona by providing affordable transportation options


  • Mitigate the rising cost of living by providing safe, affordable alternatives to car ownership
  • Develop low-income fare program strategies


Development Process and Timeline

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Public Involvement

Your participation is vital to the development of this plan to ensure it responds to region’s transit needs and priorities. Opportunities to participate and help inform this plan will continue to made available as the plan progresses through the development process.

 Why Participate

  • As Flagstaff continues to change the region’s transit needs are also changing. Your input will help Mountain Line better understand Flagstaff’s diverse transit needs. 
  • Many of the transit services Mountain Line provides are funded with your sales tax dollars.
  • Transit affects the region’s economic, social and environmental vitality.
  • Investing in transit helps fund street improvements that can enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety and alleviate traffic congestion on Flagstaff’s roadways. 

Why Have a Transit Plan?

As communities change and grow over time it is important that the transit services are evaluated on a regular basis so that the service can continue to meet the needs of the community. Transit plans are roadmaps that identify opportunities to better understand key transit markets. Recommendations from the plans focus on improving the service to provide cost effective and equitable mobility options to the community as a whole in a future funding scenario, and providing options for reallocation of resources to better meet the needs of current riders in a current funding scenario. Transit plans also identify strategies to optimize the operations of the service. Transit plans today focus on more than just transit. It is an opportunity to find mobility solutions including tying together the interconnected network of bikes, pedestrians, transit, micromobility and mobility on demand. 

Key Transit Plan Components 

  • Overview of existing conditions and the transit market
  • Assessment of transit and mobility needs and key issues
  • Strategies to meet the mobility needs of the community
  • Recommended service updates
  • Financial plan
  • Implementation plan  

The Range of Possibilities


  • Incorporate new mobility service types to better serve transit markets in Flagstaff. This could include app-based demand response service such as microtransit.
  • Explore new smarter, cleaner and innovative ways of providing mobility to the region including electrification of buses and automated vehicle technologies.
  • Identify potential new areas for transit and mobility services in Flagstaff and the region with a focus on equity.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of the bus routes.
  • Explore the frequency of buses and the hours of service based on transit demand.
  • Focus on direct and fast service options.
  • Develop a network of transit service delivery options based on transit markets and frequency of service.

The Value of Transit to Our Community Members

Transit rider quote: Whitney was waiting in the shade of a bus stop at the Downtown Connection Center. “I ride the bus because it’s more convenient. I came to Flagstaff to go to grad school. I didn’t have a car because I didn’t need one because the bus offered such an awesome service. I just got my masters degree in archaeology. I’m hoping to get out in the field in the prehistoric Southwest. I’m interested in anything over a thousand years old. I found an obsidian arrowhead out at Elden Peublo.”


Transit rider quote: Allan Blair navigated his mobility scooter onto the Route 5 bus in Cheshire using the wheel chair ramp and parked it in the corner of the bus after the driver lifted some of the seats to make room for his scooter. “I’m getting off at the hospital stop on my way to a meeting of the Flagstaff Free Thinkers at the Kickstand Coffee Shop. I take the bus at least twice a day as I have no other transportation. I use the bus as a resource. I can get any place I want to go on the bus.”

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Email: [email protected] 

Phone: (928) 851-3888