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Best Transportation Creates Airport Service

Posted on July 8, 2009 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

ST. LOUIS — BEST Transportation of St. Louis, a ground transportation company, has opened a new division called GO BEST Express to serve as the official shuttle company for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

GO BEST Express, which started business on July 1, services all downtown hotels and businesses with shared-ride shuttle transportation to and from Lambert Airport.

Best Transportation is adding about 28 employees to staff the division, which is part of the national GO Airport Shuttle network. Of the positions, one-third are filled by minorities and 37% by women. Chris Doerhoff, who has more than 15 years of experience in customer service and management, has been named Best’s director of airport operations.

BEST Transportation, a 2009 LCT Operator Of The Year Award finalist, expands its staff roster as the nation faces a 9.5% unemployment rate. Owners and sisters Kim Garner and Debbie Rudawsky have steered the company to growth of 83% since 2006.

GO Airport Shuttle services more than 100 airports in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Scotland, England, France and Italy. Its secure online reservation system is accessible from anywhere in the world. Every GO operating company is locally owned and operated. At Lambert Airport, GO BEST Express vans will have an exclusive curbside location to load just outside of the baggage claim area. For online reservations, CLICK HERE to go the website.

GO BEST Express vans will leave the airport every 15 to 30 minutes daily, and leave downtown hotels every 30 minutes. Rates start at $17 per person one way and $32 per person round-trip for two or more people — a savings of more than 50% compared to an airport taxi — with rates of $11 for children ages 6 to 12 and free transportation for children under 6. Typical airport taxis charge from $35 to $45 one way and from $70 to $90 round trip.

Downtown hotels with regularly scheduled stops include the Renaissance Grand & Suites Hotel, Marriott-St. Louis Union Station, Hilton at the Ballpark, Millennium Hotel, Hyatt-Downtown Riverfront and Crowne Plaza Hotel-St. Louis Downtown. Additionally, 17 other hotels will offer selected pick-up times to guests who book reservations.

GO BEST Express’ fleet consists of Ford Econoline 15-passenger, E350 XLT passenger vans. Per current Lambert Airport guidelines, some seats have been removed to accommodate extra room for eight passengers and their luggage. Fleet vans make sense economically and environmentally as well. Shared-ride vans with six people on board use just 30% of the fuel that six cars would consume and creates 54% fewer carbon emissions.

BEST Transportation provides service to both corporate and social groups in the St. Louis area with a very diverse fleet, offering chauffeured services with premium sedans, hybrids, limousines, vans, shuttles and limo party buses.

In 2009, BEST Transportation was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the Top 20 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies, received a Make-A-Wish Star Award for Charitable Contributions and was selected a Top Three Finalist for Limousine Operator of the Year by LCT Magazine.

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit the BEST website.

Source: BEST Transportation

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