Friday, December 19, 2008

Two Western Commuter Lines Get New Bus Links

Bus connections will link two of the West's newest commuter rail lines to popular, traffic-generating destinations. In Utah, express vans will connect in Ogden with two morning Utah Transit Authority FrontRunner commuter trains from Salt Lake City to ferry skiers and snowboarders to the Snowbasin ski resort. The service, which begins tomorrow and runs through April 11, will cost $10 round trip. Rail fare and lift tickets are extra.

In Albuquerque, NM, Ride ABQ, the city's bus system, Wednesday initiated an express bus service running from Alvarado Transportation Center, the terminus of New Mexico Rail Runner commuter trains from Santa Fe and Belen, to Albuquerque International Airport, giving the commuter line a "train to the plane" option. The ride from the train station to the airport is expected to take around 15 minutes.

Both services are positive developments since they enable these rail lines to provide intermodal service to important traffic-generating destinations not served directly by rail. Coming on the heels of news about a discounted package to bring Long Island Rail Road customers to Long Island MacArthur Airport as well as several bus connections with Rail Runner in Santa Fe, we may be witnessing a welcome trend.

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