Ferndale's Airport Shuttle had close call on Skagit River bridge, may add express run

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 24, 2013 

For the Airporter Shuttle, the collapse of the Skagit River bridge on Interstate 5 was a close call.

One of its buses heading south to Seattle crossed the bridge about three minutes before the incident that led to the bridge collapse Thursday evening, May 23, said Adrienne Booth, director of sales and marketing for the company.

“We feel quite fortunate to have averted that (collapse),” Booth said.

The Ferndale-based company, which has shuttles making 11 roundtrips between Whatcom County and SeaTac airport each day, began making adjustments right after the bridge collapse.

Booth said the first few runs after the collapse went fairly smoothly, with some delays of around 20 minutes on some of the trips. They will be looking into what needs to be done to adjust schedules to make up for potential traffic delays in the coming days. The company is also considering the idea of adding an express run directly between Bellingham and the Seattle airport.

This weekend they plan to “just bear down” and do what they can to get through this with as little inconvenience as possible to passengers, Booth said.

The company also handles charter services in this region through Bellair Charters. Schedule changes also are possible with those charters..

“This is a busy time of year for charter service,” she said.

Bellair can be found online at airporter.com or call 1-866-235-5247.

Reach Business Editor Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Business blog at blogs.bellinghamherald.com/business or follow him on Twitter at @bhamheraldbiz.

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