ALAMOSA — Although it appeared Alamosa would no longer have access to a bus line, Arrow Stage Lines was able to get permission from the Loaf ‘N Jug in Alamosa to serve as a bus stop.
“It’s a needed service in your area,” said Jim Maly, operations manager for Arrow Stage Lines in Nebraska.
Losing their bus stop, Arrow Stage was scrambling to find another location to pick up passengers in Alamosa. On Friday morning Maly worked out the arrangement with Loaf ‘N Jug, which is located at the intersection of Highway 160 and 17. That will be the new bus stop as of June 1, Maly said.
“We are fortunate this place was willing to let us do it,” he said. “It’s a good, safe place for people to be in bad weather.”
Loaf ‘N Jug is in a well lit area, is always open and provides access to bathrooms and a place for travelers to get a cup of coffee and something to eat while they wait for the bus, Maly added.
Tickets will not be sold on site but may be purchased online at expressarrow.com
The website lists ticket prices and routes. Travelers must print out their tickets before boarding the bus.
The bus also stops in the park at Moffat on its way north to Salida where travelers can make connections to continue to Denver and other areas.
Travelers can make direct connections with Amtrak in Denver, Maly said, as the Arrow buses go to Amtrak stations as well as Greyhound.
Maly said the bus line, which contracts with Chaffee Shuttle for this leg of its journey, regularly picks up 8-10 people a day at the Alamosa stop. The bus line runs seven days a week.
Maly thanked the Best Western in Alamosa, which had served as the bus stop for some time. He said he appreciated the relationship between Best Western and Arrow Stage and looked forward to the same type of relationship with Loaf ‘N Jug.
“We are pretty happy now,” Maly said.