LAXintl
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LAX Adds FlyAway Service

Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:48 am

The 2nd new FlyAway bus service linking LAX.

The launch of up to 7 new lines was part of LAWA's commitment as part of the LAX Master Plan court settlement.

Quote:
FlyAway Bus Service Added At UCLA
June 14, 2007

LOS ANGELES -- Nonstop FlyAway bus service between Los Angeles International Airport and UCLA will begin Thursday.

The city Airport Commission voted in May to pay $65,000 to the University of California Board of Regents to operate the shuttle service for one year between LAX and the Westwood campus, with two additional one-year options.

Buses will depart every 30 minutes between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. The Westwood bus stop, like the Union Station and Van Nuys locations, will offer optional airline and baggage check-in service to passengers.

The FlyAway service will be free until June 30. After that, the one-way FlyAway fare will be $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 2-12. Children under 2 will ride for free.

http://www.knbc.com/travelgetaways/13502704/detail.html
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RE: LAX Adds FlyAway Service

Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:50 am

Why UCLA didn't have this long ago, I'll never understand. USC should have it, too.
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RE: LAX Adds FlyAway Service

Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:07 am

Do you know if the FlyAway has been successful (in general)? I've had friends use it from Union Station, and they loved it, and said quite a few people were using it. I know a lot of people use the Van Nuys FlyAway. It seems like a good idea, but I am wondering if it has been successful (in terms of passengers) so far.

It also seems like an odd time to start UCLA service (since they are in the Summer break).
 
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RE: LAX Adds FlyAway Service

Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:08 am

Before you see another downtown line (USC), you will likely have both a South Bay/San Pedro line along with something going down the 91 to places like Buena Park/Anaheim(Disneyland) which are both under study.
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RE: LAX Adds FlyAway Service

Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:15 am

Quoting Travelin man (Reply 2):
Do you know if the FlyAway has been successful (in general)?

The Union Station FlyAway has been extremely successful, exceeding all projected ridership totals.

Quote:
In March, the non-stop FlyAway bus service from Union Station to all nine LAX passenger terminals celebrated its one-year anniversary, with an annual total of 250,000 riders --- more than three times the number predicted for the first year.

http://www.argonautnewspaper.com/art...ws_-_features/top_stories/ts03.txt

Quoting Travelin man (Reply 2):
It also seems like an odd time to start UCLA service (since they are in the Summer break).

The line is meant to serve most the Westside then just specifically UCLA. The campus was simply a convenient location LAWA was able to come up with to serve as a terminus.
The June launch date is meant to coincide with the busy summer travel period and again not related to any activities at UCLA.
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RE: LAX Adds FlyAway Service

Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:29 am

Thanks for the info! I'm glad the FlyAway is successful. It shows that people in LA are not as "adverse" to mass transit as you might think. It just needs to go where you want to go!

It seems like a Disneyland/Anaheim route might be successful as well, considering the number of people from OC that use LAX.
 
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RE: LAX Adds FlyAway Service

Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:02 am

I've taken the FlyAway bus service last year connecting from Amtrak to United Airlines, and it was very convenient. And at only $3, it was quite a bargain.There were probably 15 people on the bus from Union Station to LAX. It's nice to see cities offering more transportation options for residents and visitors.
 
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RE: LAX Adds FlyAway Service

Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:07 am

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 4):
The line is meant to serve most the Westside then just specifically UCLA. The campus was simply a convenient location LAWA was able to come up with to serve as a terminus

Exactly. College only traffic would be very poor, actually, as it would be almost dead most of the time, then overcrowded on select days.

My only point was that USC is a good area to have a "station" and UCLA area was LONG overdue considering it's catchment area.
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RE: LAX Adds FlyAway Service

Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:40 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 7):
My only point was that USC is a good area to have a "station"

I'd suspect another downtown FlyAway line could become reality once many of the projects around USC such as LA Live and Grand Avenue projects become reality.

One of the issues with downtown to LAWA is that the airport and LA DOT sponsor fixed fare taxi service to the area, and reluctant to compete with, or upset this arrangement that took a very long time to hammer out and is meant to encourage tourism and conventions visitors to stay in the Downtown area by somewhat subsidizing their fare.

I believe another FlyAway line being explored was to the San Gabriel Valley, however have not hear much about that recently.
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RE: LAX Adds FlyAway Service

Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:45 am

Good For them.... it shows that ppl are trying to be economical when it comes to airport transportation. I am actually scheduled to take the Michigan Flyer on Th 6/28, I am hoping it will be very fast and easy. The drawback is to get to DTW on time is we have to leave East Lansing at 4:30 am.

Does anyone know if the Michigan Flyer service has been successful?

[Edited 2007-06-15 01:46:05]
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RE: LAX Adds FlyAway Service

Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:22 am

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 8):
I'd suspect another downtown FlyAway line could become reality once many of the projects around USC such as LA Live and Grand Avenue projects become reality.

Well I guess they could also try it at the convention center instead, since there is so much of an area to park there. Maybe the south garage could be converted to flyaway, and taxis could be queued up there to take people to their hotels and appointments in the city, since no business person is going to walk with their baggage 6-10 blocks.

That way, the taxis are appeased. But in my opinion, the taxi service in the LA area is so horrible anyway, I don't care much what they think. Unlike a lot of other cities, it seems the taxi drivers are just people who are not competent enough to drive for limo/towncar companies, which offer much more reliable service at nearly the same price.
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