Airport Shuttle Bus shuts down services in Bakersfield
Passengers look for alternative transportation
Last Updated: 96 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Passengers aboard the Airport Shuttle Bus in Bakersfield went on their final trip to Los Angeles this weekend. It's a bitter sweet ending for many travelers who use the service every year.
Walter Williams loves to travel and for the last several years has used the airport shuttle bus of Bakersfield for all his trips.
"I've flown for years, all over the world. This bus line service to Los Angeles was great," he said.
On its last day of service, Williams returned to the terminal to get a refund on tickets he purchased for December and he's not alone.
"It's going to be weird. It's disappointing," said general manager, Karen Pfening.
The airport bus service has ended leaving four full-time employees out of a job and many people stranded.
"Some people have been really angry. Some people have called to yell at us. It's surprising how many people use the service every year. Some of them regularly, some of them just count on it being here because they used it for so long," said Pfening.
The bus which is operated by Coach America offered passengers bus service five times a day, but declining ridership forced the company to shut down.
"There use to be a lot of people that went on the bus," said traveler, William Schallock.
On average, ten passengers made each trip, but the company needed at least 14 to cover bus costs.
"It was good. It always made it feel like the vacation started from here because you didn't have to mess with the traffic or parking in L.A.," said traveler Pam Schallock.
Service managers recommended people use other transportation services like Amtrak or Greyhound to get to LAX or simply fly out of Meadows field Airport.
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