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Airport Connector shuttle to start December 1

The Airport Connector is a product of a partnership between the Eugene Airport, Lane Transit District and Lane Community College.

EUGENE, Ore. - You can take the bus to the Eugene Airport starting December 1, a topic KVAL News took on in a special report a year ago.

The Eugene Airport will start service of the Airport Connector, a shuttle bus connected to the Lane Transit District Route 95 service on Highway 99.

"We've had comments and suggestions for bus service since I've been here the last eight and a half years, so it's great to be able to provide it to the community," said Tim Doll, the airport director.

Route 95 connects downtown Eugene to Junction City.

Travelers will be able to catch the Airport Connector at the Highway 99 and Airport Road bus stop.

The shuttle will also run from the Eugene Airport to the Highway 99 and Airport Road bus stop.

The shuttle is free with a LTD bus fare.

"The connector bus will take you over and be waiting for you, when the 95 arrives, you'll just get off the 95, step on the connector, and travel to the airport," said Andy Vobora with LTD.

The Airport Connector is a product of a partnership between the Eugene Airport, Lane Transit District and Lane Community College.

The shuttle service comes after multiple public requests for public transportation to and from the airport.

Besides travelers, the Eugene Airport has almost 1,500 employees and hosts 120 students at the Lane Aviation Academy.

"As far as I can tell, there's nothing close," said aviation student Aaron Davidson of the current situation. "I mean, you pretty much have to drive to get to class, bum a ride, things like that. Yeah, there's no public transportation available."

The Airport Connector is a one-year trial program that officials will review at the end of the year.

Vobora, Director of Customer Services and Planning at LTD, said that if the trial is successful, they may choose to expand the shuttle service or even add a LTD airport bus route.

"I think it will be a limited market, but it will at least test the market for public transit out here," he said. "It's really something that the community has asked for, for a long time. It is an opportunity to gauge interest, and then I think it's really something that we'll have to evaluate after the pilot project to see if it's something that we do want to continue to do."

There will be 16 connections per day from the Highway 99 and Airport Road stop.

"It's just a part of providing good customer service to the community and try to make it as easy as possible for people to get out to their local airport so they'll fly out of Eugene," Doll said.

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