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Finding a ride: Buses and airport shuttles

Thursday, August 19, 2010 | 5:06 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA— Sooner or later, everyone wants a ticket to another place. Maybe your vehicle decides to quit working, or maybe you run on clean, green energy and think cars are not so cool. Luckily there are other modes of transportation to choose from. Columbia just has some limitations, and if you don’t know exactly when and where you are headed, it can get rather pricey.

Transportation limitations using planes and trains

Flights are expensive, especially when you are in a rural area. A one-way airline ticket to St. Louis could cost several hundred dollars, depending on where you're traveling.

Although train rides can be an enjoyable way to travel, with plenty of legroom and some beautiful scenic landscapes to scope out, Jefferson City has the nearest Amtrak train station.

Planes and trains are wonderful if you are planning out what you want to do in advance. But let's face it, we're not used to that. This is where the second-most used type of transportation comes into play: buses.

Bus lines

Only second to the inevitable automobile, buses are a fast and an extremely efficient way to travel. In Columbia, all you need to do is pick the right bus line that caters to your destination.

Columbia Transit

Wabash Station, 126 N. Tenth St., 874-7282

This is a community shuttle system that operates along different routes throughout Columbia.

Greyhound Bus Lines

611 Big Bear Blvd., 449-2416

Daily bus rides are available to and from Kansas City and St. Louis Greyhound Stations. Air conditioning and bathroom included.

Megabus

Wabash Station, 126 N. Tenth St., 877-462-6342

Daily bus rides are available to and from Kansas City Metro Center and St. Louis Union Station. Air conditioning, bathroom, Wi-Fi and TV included.

Columbia Transit has no affiliation with Megabus other than to provide the use of the Wabash Station for passenger pick-up.

MO-X

303 Business Loop 70 E., 256-1991

Daily shuttles are available to and from the Kansas City and St. Louis airports.


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