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SHUTTLE CONTRACT: CA Operator Wins Big With 49ers

LCT Staff
Posted on July 29, 2009

SONOMA, CA — California Wine Tours is decreasing the carbon footprint of the San Francisco 49ers by providing shuttle transportation for North Bay fans to the team’s home games. These shuttles will take hundreds of cars off Bay Area roads while providing a luxurious, fun and stress free ride for ticket holders. The shuttles depart from the cities and towns of Larkspur, Sonoma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Napa, and Vallejo.

Called the North Bay 49er Fan Express, the shuttles will run from all seven North Bay locations and help to reduce congestion in and out of Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

“Not only are riders going to reduce their carbon footprint by riding the shuttles, we are also going to make the bus rides fun,” said Mike Marino, President/CEO of California Wine Tours.

A ride on the California Wine Tours 49ers Fan Express costs between $25 to $30 roundtrip and includes complimentary water, free high-speed internet access, restrooms. and a luxury motor coach driven by a highly trained chauffeur.

New this year are several items designed to increase the spirit and engagement of San Francisco 49ers fans. Playing on the buses will be 49ers game highlights, Super Bowl replays, and other NFL promo videos. California Wine Tours, along with the 49ers, are sponsoring raffles on each coach to include 49ers memorabilia and gift certificates for limo rides. There will be one grand prize raffle of a luxury experience for the final home game — a private limousine ride for four guests, four tickets to the game, and a gourmet tailgate party, including lunch and beverages.

“We wanted to thank the fans that ride the shuttles by elevating their experience with the videos and prizes,” Marino said. “Hopefully this will also motivate other ticket holders to get their cars off the roads and to share a ride to the game.”

Golden Gate Transit coordinated this service for 30 years until changes with Federal bus charter regulations no longer allowed public transit organizations to provide transportation for charters. “The staff at Golden Gate Transit has been very helpful in getting out the word that California Wine Tours is now the source for the North Bay fan shuttles,” Marino said. “It is impressive to see the teamwork that is taking place all over the Bay Area as we all work together to transition these shuttles away from public transit authorities to the private sector.”

For more information on schedules, departure locations, pricing and reservations, CLICK HERE or call (707) 265-4300.

Source: California Wine Tours

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