Business Happenings - August 2002
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2010 - The business described in this article is no longer in business. These services are now provided by Moab Luxury Coach (435-940-4212). Read about Moab Luxury Coach here.
TRANSPORTATION OPTION -
BIGHORN EXPRESS SHUTTLE
by Charlotte Mates
is the most reliable public transportation between southeastern
Utah and Salt Lake City? The answer is without a doubt the services
provided by the Bighorn Express Shuttle. This much needed, affordable
transportation option was started in 1996 by a couple from Monticello.
In 1999, Robyn and Alan Blackburn along with a sleeping partner
acquired ownership. In July of 2002, Bighorn Express once again
changed ownership when it was purchased by Utah Shuttle Services
of Salt Lake City.
The Continental Trailways Bus stopped operating through Moab over
25 years ago and since then reliable, convenient and affordable
public transportation was not regularly available in the Moab area
until the Bighorn Express began operations in 1996.
The reasons for riding the Bighorn Express Shuttle range from being
without reliable transportation to just wanting to have the ease
of being a passenger and enjoying the scenery along the way. The
Shuttle is also a very good option for those who, for health or
other reasons, cannot make the drive themselves.
Bighorn Express is a great way to get to the Salt Lake International
Airport without the hassle of driving through heavy traffic. To
meet customers needs, Bighorn requests arriving flight information
for passengers from SLC this tracks peoples flights
so driver can wait up to maximum of 15 minutes for a delayed flight.
The Bighorn Express Shuttle operates North out of Moab to Salt Lake
City as well as Green River, Price and Orem, and south out of Moab
to Monticello, Utah. Charter service is available for any size group.
Departure times could be customized to meet your need.
Special arrangements can be made to transport bicycles. You will
be requested to box or wrap (cardboard will do) so bikes dont
damage other luggage; likewise, cardboard will provide some protection
for bicycle(s) from other luggage items.
Charlotte Mates distributes Moab Happenings in Salt Lake City and
takes a trip once a month on the shuttle instead of driving herself.
She also takes this opportunity to visit her family and friends
and spend time with her two grandgirls. I make at least one
new friend each trip. I can also spend time reading or sleeping
and leave the driving to Bighorn Express. says Charlotte.
Patrick Meador uses this convenient means of transportation frequently.
His only complaint is that Bighorn does not offer the same service
to Grand Junction. Patricks grandfather Parry Meador operated
the Cannonball Express from Durango, Colorado to Salt Lake City
in the 1950s, so riding the shuttle seems a natural means of transportation
Bill Thompson likes the reliability of Bighorn Express Shuttle to
pick up his children at the Salt Lake Airport and has no dependable
transportation of his own. I cannot always depend on my friends
for rides because our schedules differ. he adds.
The Bighorn Shuttle operates 7 days a week during the High
Season from February 24th to January 5th. In the Low
Season, January 6th to February 23rd, the shuttle operates
Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Utah Shuttle Services pride themselves
on hiring only top-notch professional drivers for their shuttle
Examples of current one-way fares are: $24 from Moab to either Monticello
or Green River. Moab to or from Price is $33. Salt Lake City to
or from Moab is $49. Passengers can board Bighorn Express at various
pre-determined locations in these communities.
Bighorn PackageXpress, Freight Service utilizing
our same route. Shipping rates and information will be available
For reservations/information please call toll free 1-888-655-7433
or go online to the internet at www.Bighornexpress.com.
(See the ad in this issue of Moab Happenings on page 17A). When
making reservations be sure to mention you read about them in Moab