by Joey Crandall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Just in time for the holiday travel season, Carson Valley residents will have a new option for getting between the Valley and the Reno Tahoe International Airport.
The Carson Valley Airporter shuttle service, run by Amador Stage Lines, opens seven-day-per-week service Monday (Nov. 17).
“We’re excited to get it going,” said Lisa Allen of Amador Stage Lines, who has been helping to orchestrate the new service. “It’s been a long process putting everything together. We were able to start this up through a grant, so it has taken some time to get through all of the details, but we’re very excited about the response so far.
“We were at the airport setting up our desk and people were coming by asking if we were open yet. They wanted to buy tickets right then.”
The shuttle service will offer arrivals and departures at the new Douglas County Community & Senior Center across from Lampe Park, Carson Valley Inn in Minden and the Holiday Inn Express across from Douglas High School. Additional stops will be made at the Courtyard by Marriott in Carson City and the Carson City Transportation Center. In Reno, arrivals and departures will be available at the Reno Tahoe International Airport and at the Reno National Bowling Center at Fourth and Lake streets, within walking distance of Aces Ballpark and the downtown corridor.
The earliest departure from the Valley will be at 6 a.m. at the community center. The final shuttle leaving the Valley goes at 4:53 p.m. from the Holiday Inn Express.
Shuttles depart from the Airport at 10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Currently, round trips from the Valley to Reno will run around $21 per adult passenger.
“Everyone has jumped on board with being able to accommodate us for stop locations,” Allen said. “It’s something that doesn’t just have to be an airport shuttle. You can use it as a commuter service. The thing we keep saying is ‘Let us do the driving for you.’”
Tickets can be purchased online at www.carsonvalleyairporter.com or via credit card from the bus driver.
Amador Stage Lines has run the South Tahoe Express Shuttle for about 10 years. Allen said the timing was right to set up routes to Carson Valley as well.
Drivers made test runs of the routes earlier this week, and Allen said the service will bring a bus down to the Valley again Thursday to pass out route schedules and ticket prices. Tickets will also be available for purchase. They’ll stop at the Carson Valley Inn at 10 a.m. and progress through the other stops.
To begin with, the Carson Valley Airporter will be a 23-seater, though if demand rises, bigger buses will be sent down.
For more information on the shuttle service, visit www.carsonvalleyairporter.com.
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