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Posted 30 January 2005 - 02:35 AM

Why doesn't Amtrak provide any type of bus or shuttle service from Maricopa to Phoenix? This is ridiculous.

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 09:24 AM

Since Amtrak provides shuttle service to a daily reliable train in Flagstaff, I guess in their opinion it's not necessary. It is too bad that there is no connection, but Maricopa is a mere 35 miles from Phoenix whereas Flagstaff is 150 miles away. Just out of curiosity where are you traveling from that necessitates you going to Maricopa vs. Flagstaff?

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 12:31 PM

Amtrak tried to get a shuttle operator interested in serving the Maricopa to Phoenix route, but since the train is so unreliable and doesn't run daily they didn't have much luck. Surprisingly Maricopa still hosts around 40-50 passengers on and off every time the train stops, even without a shuttle.

A company called White's Shuttle (18917 N. John Wayne Parkway, Maricopa AZ 85239. 520-568-4404) does meet every train at the station but operates more like a door to door taxi service and charges about $55 per person for service into the Phoenix Metro Area.

A better option for eastbound Sunset Limited passengers trying to reach Phoenix would be to detrain in Tucson, AZ (the stop before Maricopa) and go to the local Greyhound station (one block, across the street) for a Greyhound bus connection into downtown Phoenix. Amtrak used to show this as a thruway option since Greyhound runs Tucson to Phoenix buses every 3 hours or so, but has removed it since they opened the Maricopa stop. Passengers, howver, can still set up this type of itinerary on their own.
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Posted 30 January 2005 - 04:19 PM

So maybe when the Sunset isn't delayed as much there will be a bus service? Because 35 miles is a long way for a taxi ride. Amtrak provides bus service from Emeryville to SF, so why not to Phoenix. People who want to go to Phoenix would be stranded in the middle of nowhere.

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 04:26 PM

So maybe when the Sunset isn't delayed as much there will be a bus service? Because 35 miles is a long way for a taxi ride. Amtrak provides bus service from Emeryville to SF, so why not to Phoenix. People who want to go to Phoenix would be stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Unfortunately Amtrak is not even persuing a shuttle operator to take up the service anymore. Even though White's is expensive (nearly twice the one way fare from Los Angeles to Maricopa just for the ride into Phoenix) Amtrak seems to think it is adequate enough. The market is definitely there for a real, economical shuttle, though. White's has no problem filling up their minivan shuttle (6 people @ $55 each + the driver) and encourages passengers to book space well ahead of time if they need it since the "shuttle" is usually full. Crazy logic, huh? That's Amtrak for ya!
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 05:09 AM

My five children moved here from Chicago three years ago and took Amtrak. We knew we would have to get off in Flagstaff and get on the Greyhound but when I bought my tickets the agent did not inform me that we would have to take a taxi to the greyhound station. Since all ticket were purchased from Amtrak I would think they would let you know this or have a shuttle or something. OMG I swear there was a sign written in crayon in the ticket booth letting us know there were not shuttles but taxis would be outside . Luckily they only charged us $10 per taxi had to take two because there are so many of us. The ride down the mountain was scary but my kids slept through it and it only took 3 hours. It was a small inconvenience because I really enjoyed the train ride. ;)

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 11:35 AM

You could call up Bristol Palin and ask her for a ride since she's moving to Maricopa.

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 08:13 PM

You could call up Bristol Palin and ask her for a ride since she's moving to Maricopa.

Is she going to be like John McCain (who's from Phoenix) who says that Amtrak doesn't serve his state!Posted Image
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 11:47 AM

If the Sunset Limited ever does daily, Amtrak said they would try and pursue a shuttle bus between Maricopa. Right now with service at only 3 days a week and the train comes at midnight and 1 am, no shuttle operator will do it. I suppose they would want to be able to make money on it as well. Emeryville to San Fran has dozens of trains per day, so it's not hard to justify a bus between the two.
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 01:05 PM


You could call up Bristol Palin and ask her for a ride since she's moving to Maricopa.

Is she going to be like John McCain (who's from Phoenix) who says that Amtrak doesn't serve his state!Posted Image


John's basically right as far as the SL is concerned. Three nights a week in each direction doesn't really constitute "serving," IMHO.

OTOH, the SWC does serve the northern part of his state, but maybe that's where all the rednecks and hicks in the sticks live, so they don't figure in his book.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 02:29 PM

John's basically right as far as the SL is concerned. Three nights a week in each direction doesn't really constitute "serving," IMHO. OTOH, the SWC does serve the northern part of his state, but maybe that's where all the rednecks and hicks in the sticks live, so they don't figure in his book.

John McCain was a relatively thoughtful and even honorable politician up until the new millennium. In the last decade however he has completely derailed his good name and gone from a generally reasonable and respectable man to a completely unreliable kook. John McCain may not appreciate it but Amtrak does in fact serve Arizona. I should know, I rode it many times to and from there. McCain's mental maturity has continued to dwindle further and further even as the man himself gets older and older. I'd have had far more respect for McCain if he had stood by his long held values instead of quickly dumping them in order to win reelection.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 05:38 PM

There are other places in the Amtrak system that could use a 'thruway' shuttle.
Des Moines to Osceola, Ia comes to mind. There is regular Jefferson Lines bus service, but not designed to connect with the Zephyr.
How about Newton and Wichita, Ks?
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 03:56 PM

It would be easier to find information on train schedules if Amtrak would pick just one stop. I finally realized that the sole purpose of claiming both the Greyhound Teninal and Sky Harbor as Amtrak stations is to make it impossible for passengers to get information without ever learning from Antrak's website that there is no service to Phoenix. They are served by consecutive ValleyMetro stops and are within walking distance of each other. There never was any intention of providing "thruway bus service"; there is not even a Thruway to the town of Maricopa.

I believe there actually is a limited bus service between Metrocenter and Flagstaff, but that does not make Metrocenter an Amtrak station. Phoenix is the largest city without Amtrak service and the only city in which Amtrak claims to have not one but three Amtrak staions. I propose a definition Amtrak could use: if it does not have railroad tracks it cannot be a railroad station. Supporters of Amtrak should realize that in order to bring Amtrak back to Phoenix, first it is necessary to compell Amtrak to stop falsely claiming online that ther are 3 Amtrak stations in Phoenix.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 06:20 PM

Amtrak does offer ticketing from the three Thruway stops in Phoenix (Sky Harbor, Greyhound, and Metro Center) to connect to the Southwest Chief in Flagstaff. These piggyback on existing shuttle services.

I'm unhappy that there's no Amtrak service here, but you're suggesting that they discontinue all Thruways, or at least not tell anybody about them. I don't see how that helps.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 07:39 PM

Wasn't this covered in an earlier topic?

Maracopa is now running the Maracoopa Express

For $3 ($1 if you're a senior) you can ride to downtown Phoenix. Granted, it's only two busses a day, and only on weekdays, so you should book your Amtrak passage accordingly.
Since the Sunset arrived late in the evening, you'll have to cool your heels for 6 hours or so until the bus arrives, but I believe the Park and Ride stop for the bus is also the Amtrak lot, so on the bright side, you won't have to travel far.

I was thinking it might be a fun adventure to try to use public transit to get from Maracopa to someplace in Phoenix, a bit like E.M. Frimbo, although his was trying to get from the east coast to Chicago on Interurbans, as I recall.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 10:45 AM

Phoenix is...the only city in which Amtrak claims to have not one but three Amtrak staions.


Amtrak has five bus stops (i.e., "claims to have five stations") in Monterey, California.

And seven bus stops in San Francisco.

And two rail stations plus two bus stops in San Diego.

And three rail stations plus three bus stops in Los Angeles. (Van Nuys, Chatsworth, and San Pedro are all within the city of Los Angeles.)

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:14 AM

Feb. 18, 2012. Wanting to move to Maricopa, but worry about no transporttation to PHX. Is there a shuttle service available?

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:36 PM



You could call up Bristol Palin and ask her for a ride since she's moving to Maricopa.

Is she going to be like John McCain (who's from Phoenix) who says that Amtrak doesn't serve his state!Posted Image


John's basically right as far as the SL is concerned. Three nights a week in each direction doesn't really constitute "serving," IMHO.

OTOH, the SWC does serve the northern part of his state, but maybe that's where all the rednecks and hicks in the sticks live, so they don't figure in his book.


Hey, watch it buddy, I live in northern Arizona!!!!! :angry:
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 02:44 PM

I'm not sure if it would work, but perhaps you could take the Harrah's Ak-Chin casino bus from Maricopa to PHX

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:32 PM

I just checked with quite a few limo/taxi/shuttle services in the Phoenix area. Many will go to Maricopa. For 5 passengers + luggage, I got one-way quotes from Peoria to Maricopa ranging from $117 to over $200. Amazingly, the best price was from Discount Cab, a major taxi service in the Phoenix area. That was for a 6-passenger van.

For us, even paying that twice, it will be cheaper than the difference in price between the Sunset Limited and the Texas Eagle through Flagstaff. Plus, we don't have to take the bus trip all the way to Flagstaff - and we would still have to pay for parking in Phoenix, or get transportation to/from there anyway.

I hope this helps.




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