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Old 01-08-2010, 12:07 PM
 
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I would like to pose a question... To get the lowest airfare and best travel times, would you ride a shuttle from Springfield to another major airport? For example, Tulsa, Branson, Kansas City or St. Louis? How much would you be willing to pay for this ride? 40, 50, 60 dollars each way?

Please let me know your thoughts!
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Springfield
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I am so tired of the high rates and lack of travel times out of Springfield. I would take the shuttle for a lower flight rate - but I would probably pay up to $80 for a round trip. By saving on flight fares, parking fees, gas, and the hassle of driving it would be worth it!
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Branson Area
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Default Shuttle?

I certainly would if they ran at convenient times. Cost would depend on where the "where".....I know about what it costs me to drive to Tulsa or St. Louis plus parking for a week or two. I would certainly be willing to pay something around that same cost. But I can come and go without waiting around for hours so the shuttle would have to be convenient. Of course, what I would really like, is for the Springfield airport to put in "commuter" flights to those same cities as low cost. Ya can't get there from here in some cases.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:58 PM
 
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There was a shuttle from Springfield to St. Louis for a time. I assume it no longer runs.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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SHUTTLE? You can ride a shuttle from one airport to another? Well, shut my mouth! Hahaha! WHO KNEWWWW?!

Thanks for the thread, Tedster! I don't know why I never thought of that. I feel like such a ditz!
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Branson-Hollister-Kimberling City
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Default Shuttle Service

Of course if it penciled out I'd be happy to ride a shuttle to the larger airports to same signifigant $$. One of the things I factor in to the cost of flying out of Springfield is the hours spent on the road, gas, parking...etc. A shuttle wouldn't do away with the time spent on the road, but the time could be productive which would help.

Great idea. Keep us posted!


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Old 01-13-2010, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Of course if it penciled out I'd be happy to ride a shuttle to the larger airports to same signifigant $$. One of the things I factor in to the cost of flying out of Springfield is the hours spent on the road, gas, parking...etc. A shuttle wouldn't do away with the time spent on the road, but the time could be productive which would help.

Great idea. Keep us posted!


Same for me - I'm fine with over the road travel if the costs work out and I have productive activities to take along. It would be similar to Greyhound or the city bus, but for me a big problem with buses is that they are usually quite noisy, I find it difficult to concentrate in those surroundings, (noise and other nearly-constant "people" activities) and end up putting on the headphones & closing my eyes to block out the other passengers ... nothing productive about that.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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I used to live in Springfield and may be moving back in a few months. I have traveled extensively and used many shuttle services.

I would definitely use a shuttle service if it was there. I have an eye condition which prevents me from driving, so I can't just hop in a car and drive to the bigger airports.

Where I live now in Kentucky, you can take a shuttle to the Nashville airport two hours away, but they charge $165 each way, which is crazy. It is on-demand service at your requested time, but it still makes it unaffordabe.

In all my experiences, the best shuttles have been ones with numerous departures throughout the day where you share a ride with others. Some of the best ones have been the Mo-X shuttles that run between Columbia and KC and STL. Another is the RoadRunner service that runs from KC west on I-70 to Kansas as far west as Junction City. Another real good one is the Salt Lake Express that runs from Sal Lake City airport to southern Idaho. All of these offer service multiple times a day for reasonable fares of about $40-60 each way, depending on exact location. Anything more expensive becomes not worth it for anyone who is not traveling alone. If you calculate in spouses and kids, it will add up and driving and paying for parking would still be cheaper.

Along with Springfield, any shuttle service really needs to include Joplin. Those poor guys have nothing but a tiny commuter flight to KC. There are no shuttles to even the Springfield airport. You can take Greyhound, but they might be late or full, plus you then have to pay to get from the Springfield bus station to the airport. I once asked the Springfield taxi how much they would charge to get to Joplin, and they said it would be a special "discount" rate of $142 one way.

What I could maybe picture is this. A shuttle that basically spans the I-44 corridor. It could start in St Louis and then maybe stop in Sullivan, Rolla, or Lebanon if you want, then hit Springfield and Joplin, and continue on to Tulsa and turn around. This would enable you to hit two major airports with one vehicle. You might even be able to include a stop at one of the St Louis area casinos (and I think there may be one just across the border in Oklahoma). There are no casino shuttles that I know of in SW Missouri. I know from living in places that did have them, they are popular. People will go for the day or a night, and then come back.

Another idea would be to focus on Springfield and Branson. I don't even think there are regular shuttles from SGF to Branson So if you could somehow provide service from KC, STL, or Tulsa, to Springfield and then Branson, you could accommodate Branson passengers coming in from four different airports.

Hopefully these ideas prove helpful! Good luck!
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:18 PM
 
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...... the best shuttles have been ones with numerous departures throughout the day where you share a ride with others.

Shuttle could start in St Louis and then maybe stop in Sullivan, Rolla, or Lebanon if you want, then hit Springfield and Joplin, and continue on to Tulsa and turn around.

You might even be able to include a stop at one of the
casinos just across the border in Oklahoma.... casino shuttles...are popular. People will go for the day or a night, and then come back.

Focus on Springfield and Branson.... provide service from Tulsa, to Springfield and then Branson....

Just picking out certain parts......but I think you are on to something great.
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:45 AM
 
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I've flown to the new airport in Branson and it's great!
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