Despite operating the fewest days of the past eight seasons, some milestones were set during the 2014 season of the Sequoia Shuttle.
A new reservation system for the Gateway shuttle was launched, which allows visitors from other countries, out-of-state passengers and out-of-the-county California residents to make their reservations in advance. The Gateway shuttle ridership showed an all-time-high ridership per day, during the shortest year of service to date.
Visalia Transit partnered with the National Parks System to secure a Kids to Trees Grant to provide the opportunity to transport about 1,700 school-aged children in Tulare, Kings and Fresno Counties to engage in outdoor exercise. The help from the grant covered the cost of transportation for groups of six or more via the Sequoia Shuttle. The Shuttle transported over 200 students, and about 1,500 seats will be available through this program during the 2015 season.
The Sequoia Shuttle service available over the Holidays is only for the internal shuttle service. This is the free shuttle service within the park, no reservations necessary. Service runs within the park from 9am to 4pm from December 26 to January 4.
The shuttle service booked through SequoiaShuttle.com is for the external service, and that only runs from Memorial Day through approximately, Labor Day.