- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Visitors will have more time to take shuttles between the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and the neighboring town of Tusayan (TU’-say-ohn) this year.

The free shuttles typically run from May to September but will be available five weeks longer through Oct. 9. The extension is being paid for by Tusayan.

The buses will run every 20 minutes from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., starting May 7.

The shuttles help cut down on vehicle congestion inside the national park.

Grand Canyon set a record in 2015 with nearly 5.6 million visitors. The use of the shuttles jumped 64 percent, from 89,000 boardings in 2014 to 143,000 last year.

The National Park Service’s centennial this year could bring in even bigger crowds.

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