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Shuttle to Reno airport begins Monday

John Barrette
jbarrette@nevadaappeal.com

A shuttle four times daily will connect Carson Valley communities and Carson City with Reno's airport and downtown beginning Monday.

Amador Stage Lines in Sacramento and the Nevada Department of Transportation provided details after Carson City Transportation Manager Patrick Pittenger confirmed the service begins Monday, though city government isn't directly involved. He said he was aware of the service and provided the NDOT contact who could offer more details. Michelle Gardner, NDOT transit manager, explained the new subsidized system.

"If this service is a success," Gardner said, "they can apply for the same amount next year." She was referring to federal funds provided through NDOT to the Amador service so it can get started. She said Amador is receiving $365,907 in federal funds and must provide $143,708 in the program, which is going operate the service for a $24 fare each way for the Gardnerville-Minden to Reno run or back, $16 between Carson City and Reno.

The service is being called Carson Valley Airporter.

Amador, reached in California's capital city by telephone, provided the pickup places and times for the service, which was going to operate each day — weekdays and weekends. The times also are on a carsonvalleyairporter.com website.

Going north, a shuttle leaves the Gardnerville Community Center at 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 11:55 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day and has two pickup stops in Minden, two in Carson City and two in Reno. At Carson Valley Inn in Minden, the pickup times headed north are 6:10 and 8:10 a.m., 12:05 and 4:40 p.m. At the Minden Holiday Inn, they are 6:23 and 8:23 a.m., 12:18 and 4:53 p.m.

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In Carson City, the first stop is at the Courtyard Marriott near the Fandango Casino at 6:43 and 8:43 a.m., 12:38 and 5:13 p.m. The second spot in Nevada's capital is Carson City's transit center at North Carson and East Robinson streets near the Carson Nugget at 6:58 and 8:58 a.m., 12:53 and 5:28 p.m.

Arrival at the Reno airport is set for 7:27 and 9:27 a.m., 1:22 and 5:57 p.m., while the final stop is in downtown Reno at the National Bowl Center at 300 N. Center St. a half hour later.

Return trips from the bowling center begin at 10 a.m. and 12:15, 2:45 and 7:15 p.m. daily, from the airport a half hour later in each case. Carson City's transit center stop is 29 minutes later, the Courtyard Marriott stop 15 minutes after that, with the Minden Holiday Inn stop in another 20 minutes. The Carson Valley Inn stop is just 13 minutes later and the final stop is expected to take another 10 minutes.

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