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Posted 06 April 2017 - 12:21 PM

According to a post on trainorders, starting on May 1st, there will be a New Shuttle starting up between the Maricopa Amtrak Station and several places in Phoenix.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 12:50 PM

According to a post on trainorders, starting on May 1st, there will be a New Shuttle starting up between the Maricopa Amtrak Station and several places in Phoenix.

No details or sources are listed.

 

If true, that's very good news. I would have traveled to a convention in Phoenix in 2011 if that had been available.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 02:23 PM

Does Uber/Lyft work to/from MRC? I'm doubtful a shuttle that only operates three times in seven days can maintain financial self sufficiency.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 02:50 PM

There is a Maricopa - Phoenix Shuttle that is by reservation only to and from.  The Amtrak station in Maricopa is listed as one of their popular pick up and drop off points. 

www.maricopaphoenixshuttle.com


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:05 PM

There is a Maricopa - Phoenix Shuttle that is by reservation only to and from.  The Amtrak station in Maricopa is listed as one of their popular pick up and drop off points. 

www.maricopaphoenixshuttle.com

 

The TO post referred to by the OP implies something more along the lines of a dedicated Thruway service that's bookable directly from Amtrak. It doesn't actually say that, though. And it doesn't seem to be programmed into the Amtrak website yet. So this is a wait-and-see kind of thing. I don't know enough about the poster over on TO to be able to evaluate the statement for potential accuracy.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:51 PM

Shuttle was instigated by Amtrak is my understanding

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 11:23 AM

Shuttle was instigated by Amtrak is my understanding

 

That would be great. Looking forward to the details.



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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:03 PM

 

Shuttle was instigated by Amtrak is my understanding

 

That would be great. Looking forward to the details.

 

Perhaps it will ease the burden for trip planning should my trip destination be PHX, should this service actually gets off the ground.


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 11:15 PM

Shuttle was instigated by Amtrak is my understanding

Back in the PRIIA study of the Sunset Ltd, it reported that Amtrak had contacted the airport shuttle operators about serving the Amtrak station.

 

No. The obvious business problem is what to do with buses, vans, limos, and their drivers on the 4 days that the 3-days-a-week Sunset doesn't stop in Maricopa. If some operator has solved that problem, that's great news. Great news indeed for this worst-performing train in the national system. Otherwise the world has to wait for the daily Sunset, if or when.


Edited by WoodyinNYC, 08 April 2017 - 11:18 PM.


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 07:30 AM

There has been a reservation only shuttle from Maricopa to the Phoenix Airport for quite a while. Perhaps they are just adding an extra piece to a couple of runs on the days the S/L runs. Guess we will know soon enough.



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Posted 09 April 2017 - 10:08 AM

maybe the reservation only company is doing pick-ups to/from most trains, but has empty seats going each way in their van, thus interested in filling those seats.. 


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 10:41 AM

Shuttle was instigated by Amtrak is my understanding

That would be great. Looking forward to the details.
Perhaps it will ease the burden for trip planning should my trip destination be PHX, should this service actually gets off the ground.
It may GET off the ground, but the question is will it STAY off the ground for long?:huh:

Edited by the_traveler, 09 April 2017 - 10:42 AM.

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 11:14 AM

Speaking of shuttles, are there any other regularly scheduled shuttles, besides the two daily Jefferson Lines buses, between Des Moines and the Osceola Amtrak station?


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 07:01 PM

The Thruway connection is now bookable for departures starting May 1st.

 

Connections appear to be available to/from the Sunset in both directions. I was able to make dummy bookings for both the Phoenix Airport (PHA) and Phoenix Metrocenter (PXN). These are the same stops used by the "Arizona Shuttle," which operates Thruway service between Flagstaff and Phoenix to/from the SWC, so one might conclude that is the same company operating this new service...but I can't say for sure.

 

A post on Trainorders suggests the new Maricopa Thruway service will include a stop in Tempe, but that stop has not been programmed into the Amtrak website booking engine.



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 07:38 PM

Speaking of shuttles, are there any other regularly scheduled shuttles, besides the two daily Jefferson Lines buses, between Des Moines and the Osceola Amtrak station?

 

Not that I can find, at least with any usable regularity. The local transit agency (Southern Iowa Trolley) has a once-a-month service to Des Moines on the first Tuesday of the month, but other than that and Jefferson Lines there really isn't any.



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 10:05 PM

The Thruway connection is now bookable for departures starting May 1st.

 

Connections appear to be available to/from the Sunset in both directions. I was able to make dummy bookings for both the Phoenix Airport (PHA) and Phoenix Metrocenter (PXN). These are the same stops used by the "Arizona Shuttle," which operates Thruway service between Flagstaff and Phoenix to/from the SWC, so one might conclude that is the same company operating this new service...but I can't say for sure.

 

A post on Trainorders suggests the new Maricopa Thruway service will include a stop in Tempe, but that stop has not been programmed into the Amtrak website booking engine.

 

 

The Tempe, AZ (TEM) stop is now showing.  This is a dedicated thruway bus that will wait for their inbound connecting trains. From what I've seen, they may wait a long time. ^_^

 

I suppose if the outbound train is running late, the bus will still depart on time.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:22 AM

 

Speaking of shuttles, are there any other regularly scheduled shuttles, besides the two daily Jefferson Lines buses, between Des Moines and the Osceola Amtrak station?

 

Not that I can find, at least with any usable regularity. The local transit agency (Southern Iowa Trolley) has a once-a-month service to Des Moines on the first Tuesday of the month, but other than that and Jefferson Lines there really isn't any.

 

Once a month? Incredible...why bother?  I suppose it's to accommodate senior's going for medical appointments, or something like that....

Back in the old regulated busline days, it could have been done as a "franchise run", to keep exclusive ownership of a dormant route...


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 10:23 AM

Looks like they've added the timetable to the Sunset Limited's page. To meet the eastbound train, be ready to get on the shuttle as early as 3:15 AM. Westbound is a more convenient 6:30 PM. I'm really glad to see it serves the airport though.


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 01:13 PM

Hopefully, the Phoenix area people learn about the shuttle so it gets used.  The fare on the bus is included, so this would be cheaper than using the reservation van service.  Also, visitors to the Area have easy access to rental cars and hotels.


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 05:01 PM

Speaking of shuttles, are there any other regularly scheduled shuttles, besides the two daily Jefferson Lines buses, between Des Moines and the Osceola Amtrak station?

 
Not that I can find, at least with any usable regularity. The local transit agency (Southern Iowa Trolley) has a once-a-month service to Des Moines on the first Tuesday of the month, but other than that and Jefferson Lines there really isn't any.

Many years ago, when a late CZ missed the connecting Jefferson Lines bus from Osceola to Des Moines, the station agent told me he also ran a taxi service and offered to drive me and my 4 kids to the Des Moines bus depot. We caught up there with the Jeff Lines bus continuing our journey to southern Minnesota.




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