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By AP Photo/Reed Saxon
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Bakersfield's on again, off again romance with shuttle service to Los Angeles International Airport has rekindled.
A local businessman has said he will pick up where two other carriers left off.
Phil Rudnick, who owns a local dispute mediation company, on Saturday announced the formation of Airport Valet Bus, a locally owned and operated shuttle between Bakersfield and LAX to begin operation Dec. 19.
"Bakersfield needs to have this service for the community," Rudnick said in a statement issued Saturday. "We will bring an affordable, convenient and stress-free experience for travelers to get to the LAX airport that is unique."
Airport Valet Bus is located at 201 New Stine Road, Suite 350, in the south wing of the Stockdale Corporate Centre.
For an annual fee, the Valet Club members will have access to added amenities of WiFi, TV, Netflix, zero-gravity reclining chairs, complimentary beverages, a quiet room with desk table, valet luggage service, discount parking and home pickup and return service, Rudnick said.
The buses will have four daily departure times from Bakersfield to LAX: 5 a.m., 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Rudnick said.
From LAX to Bakersfield there are four departure times: 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Reservations can be made in person at the office or by calling (661) 363-5000, option 3.
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Interstate Bus had hoped for a seamless transition from the previous shuttle service that ended its 20-year run on Aug. 31 but killed it after just six days.
The previous service, offered most recently by Dallas-based Horizon Coach Lines, picked up passengers at the Golden State Mall on F Street.