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By AP Photo/Reed Saxon
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The new airport bus between Bakersfield and Los Angeles International won't operate out of the Amtrak station on Truxtun Avenue after all.
Instead, the service set to debut Sunday plans to pick up and drop off passengers at the Golden Empire Transit District bus stop on Truxtun by S Street, just east of Beale Memorial Library.
Joel Azumah, an executive at Interstate Bus, the Brooklyn, N.Y. bus company running the service, said that the company's move out of the Amtrak station "makes our operation substantially simpler."
"There was some concern about how to mitigate the additional parking pressure that may occur at the (Amtrak) station from potential airport customers," Azumah wrote in an email Sunday. "That is no longer an issue."
Interstate decided to open the service after the Aug. 31 closure of a line that ran between Bakersfield and LAX for more than 20 years. The former service, offered most recently by Dallas-based Horizon Coach Lines, picked up passengers at the Golden State Mall on F Street.
Interstate has begun selling tickets online (the website is www.interstatebus.us), at a price of $32 each way. It is contracting with a Visalia-based bus company to drive six trips per day each direction.