Prescott Transit ultimately got its start in 1922 when Jack Sills founded Prescott Whipple Stage to provide bus service to soldiers at Fort Whipple (now Prescott Veterans Hospital). For just a nickel each way, Sills and his brother drove soldiers to and from downtown Prescott.
The city of Prescott operated two bus routes for a time (1958-1960), and then turned both the buses and routes over to Sills, which operated local bus service from 1960 to 1973. Mike Bressler purchased the business from Sills and ran the company until 1975. Jack Silvernale acquired Prescott Whipple Stage in 1975, and ran his public transportation business until 1984. Having returned from active duty, son Steve Silvernale took over the bus line operation, turning it into Prescott Transit, a non-profit entity.
Adding the Greyhound Agency in 1975 and the cab company (Ace City Cab) in 1978 with only 3 cars active. Bernice Silvernale (Jack’s wife) dispatched to her sons, until the business grew too big for just the family to run and they had to hire more faces to join the family run business.
Airport Shuttle Service was started in 1995 with only three trips daily, selling tickets for $18.95 one way and $28.95 round trip. As demand grew more vans were added and made trips every two hours, and as the area grew and there was more of a demand to get to the Phoenix Airport they decided to go every hour on the hour, which has continued until it was merged with AZ Shuttle on Dec 31st 2013.
In 2003 the Silvernales sold the cab business to an outsider who tried to run it up until 2005, at which time they noticed the business was not supporting its customers. The Silvernales then decided to take it back and instead of continuing to run the “ugly” green cars that where known as Ace City Cab they decided to start a whole new fleet of cars that are now known as the “blue & white” Dial-A-Ride cars.
Their limousine service started in 2004 with only two limousines, and as soon as they realized the high demand for limousines in this area, they expanded there fleet to two executive sedans, two six passenger stretch limousines, two eight passenger executive super stretch limousines, and last but not least two ten passenger executive super stretch limousines, all state of the-art Lincolns.
The Charter Bus and Tour Service was started in 2008 with 3 Trolley's and 2 over the road buses, an MCI and a Setra Motor Coach. The MCI has a 48 passenger capacity while the Setra can accommodate 58 passengers. The busses can be chartered for any event whether in state or out of state. Package tours can be made as well tailored to the groups requirements.
Prescott Transit’s location at 820 E. Sheldon was the very first truck stop in Prescott back in 1922. In 2000 the Silvernale’s built a new building adding the latest in high tech; from a natural gas back-up generator to a complete on-line communications. They added a full-service maintenance and repair center for all their vehicles, which keeps costs down and ultimately passes the savings on to their customers. They always have a warm cup of coffee and today's paper in their lobby, so stop by and say hello.