Sabino Canyon

Visitors enjoy the view that an overlook provides at a tram shuttle stop April 24, 2015, in Sabino Canyon Recreation Area in Tucson.

TUCSON (AP) — New shuttle service for visitors debuted Saturday at Sabino Canyon Recreation Area on the outskirts of Tucson.

Officials say the emission-free electric shuttles will operate hourly on the Sabino Canyon route between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and that the service eventually will have five of the open-air vehicles capable of carrying up to 60 passengers.

Gas-powered transit shuttles will continue to operate on the Bear Canyon route every half hour starting at 9:15 a.m. through 4:15 p.m.

Partners in the new service include the U.S. Forest Service, Tucson Electric Power and Regional Partnering Center, the owner of the shuttles operated by Total Transit Enterprises/Total Ride.

TEP contributed $1.5 million in startup costs and a $1 million interest-free, 10-year loan.

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