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Travelers departing from Flagstaff Pulliam Airport might have a way to avoid paying for on-road parking. Mountain Line recently launched an on-demand ride service that takes passengers between the airport and any destination in Flagstaff.

The mountain line GO! The program started on March 1. Travelers can request an on-demand ride or schedule one up to 14 days before their trip through the Mountain Line GO! application.

The airport transportation service is part of a grant-funded microtransit program, according to Estella Hollander, mobility planner for Mountain Line. Hollander explained that they were first implemented in November 2021 in the Huntingon-Industrial corridor to serve the number of human service agencies in the area that do not have convenient access to transportation by common.

They then decided to bring the service to the airport because there is currently no public transportation option that goes there, Hollander said. It can also be difficult to find other cost-effective carpooling options to the airport due to its out-of-town location.

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“Flagstaff is blessed with both a robust public transit system and a thriving airport, and this pilot program provides an inexpensive and efficient connection between the two entities,” said Adam Shimoni, member of the Flagstaff City Council and Chairman of the NAIPTA Board of Directors.

The service is only available within the city limits for now. However, Hollander said similar microtransit options could be rolled out in the future. The pilot program is scheduled to run through June 30, and the data will be used to determine how Flagstaff can use the microtransit solutions.

“It could be a good stepping stone in future planning to see if it works or if it should be something more permanent,” Hollander said.

How it works?

The shuttle travels to and from the airport on request. Riders can book a ride through Mountain Line GO! application. Those without access to a smart phone can do so by calling 928-679-8989 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This is a ride-sharing service, so other people may be in the vehicle if they are heading in the same direction at around the same time. The vehicle may also make several stops along the way.

The service currently costs $2 per ride and can be paid for through the app or exact cash upon boarding. Hours of operation are 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. All rides before 6:30 a.m. must be booked by 5:00 p.m. the day before.

To visit mountainline.az.gov/goairport for more information.

Reporter Bree Burkitt can be reached at 928-556-2250 or bburkitt@azdailysun.com.

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