Colorado's other A-Line is closing

Next with Kyle Clark. 9NEWS @ 6. 10/31/2016

Have you heard about the A-line? The OTHER A-line, you know – the bus? It’s been running for 13-and-a-half years from Olde Town Arvada to Denver International Airport, but that's all changing.

The G-Line linking Arvada with Denver isn’t ready, and the A-line linking Denver to DIA has had a few hiccups, but the A-line bus shuttle is working fine.”  

The company behind the shuttle service, Ride Provide, says the shuttle will no longer run after Monday. The shuttle has been funded by RTD every year since 2003, with help from the city of Arvada and Arvada agencies ever since RTD discontinued its own airport service to the area.

Shelley Cook, the operator of Ride Provide, said in a statement, “Our understanding from the start was that funding would be sustained no later than when RTD service was restored via the Gold Line.”

Cook says skyrocketing costs for various fees, and the understanding that riders would likely migrate to using the G-Line, is the reason behind cancelling the shuttle. The cost of taking the shuttle – $13 one way, was also much steeper compared to $9 on the train.

Tim Barbie has been behind the wheel with the A-Line shuttle for six-and-a-half years, and is one of a dozen drivers who have enjoyed their time, but he realizes in the long run that it all makes sense. Barbie says he’s met a lot of nice people on the bus, who will now all have to find another way to DIA.

“Many of them have gone with us for all these years and we’ve really been a stable crew, they know us by name, we know many of the customers by name too… it’s more intimate than the train will ever be.”

While riders wait for the G-Line to open, Ride Provide says they can use the Flatiron Flyer, a premium bus service at 88th and Sheridan; the W Line at 14th and Wadsworth and other locations; and the B Line at 71st and Hooker. If you have unused tickets, Ride Provide will provide refunds. You can call 303-420-2589.

By the way, one of the other shuttle drivers, who goes by Ron, says, "We’ve always been the better A-line."

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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