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Black Hills Stage Lines, Inc.
"Welcome to Black Hills Stage Lines. We are here to meet the transportation needs of all passengers, including those with disabilities, with the respect you deserve. We provide assistance with boarding and departing the bus, special handling and transferring of luggage, and when we can safely do so, storage and retrieval of mobility devices. These services are provided from the beginning to the end of your trip with Black Hills Stage Lines and on interlining carriers should part of your trip involve travel on another bus company. We have a Norfolk, NE, to Omaha, NE, route with connecting routes as well as our new I-80 & 76 route that travels from Omaha, NE, to Denver, CO, and our route that travels from Denver, CO, to Billings, MT.
We can better assist you if you call us 48 hours in advance of your travel at 877-779-2999. A Black Hills Stage Lines agent is available to take your call during the following times: 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. When you call this number, please provide our information center with your specific assistance and/or travel needs and travel schedule. When you arrive at the bus terminal, please make our drivers and agents aware of your needs during your trip.
If your travel needs require a lift-equipped bus, please call us with your travel schedule 48 hours in advance of your trip at 877-779-2999, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm. When you call, please be prepared to give us your contact information, if you wish, so that we may confirm your request. If you are unable to provide 48 hours advance notice, Black Hills Stage Lines will make every reasonable effort to provide you with travel, including alternative boarding assistance or re-routing you on another schedule operated by Black Hills Stage Lines or another bus company.
If your trip originates on a Black Hills Stage Lines' bus and continues on another bus company or your return trip is provided by another bus company and you tell us that information, Black Hills Stage Lines will notify that other bus company of your requests, including your request for a lift-equipped bus. Black Hills Stage Lines, however, makes no representations about what that other bus company may be able to offer in terms of service or lift-equipped buses.
Because Black Hills Stage Lines assigns wheelchair seating on a first come, first serve basis, even if you have called 48 hours in advance, we encourage you to arrive at least 30 to 45 minutes before departure time. For many of the routes served by Black Hills Stage Lines, customers line up for boarding 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
*The passenger and mobility device must have a combined weight of no more than 600 pounds and be within 30 inches wide and 48 inches long.
Storing and handling your mobility aids
Your mobility aids may travel inside the bus in the overhead compartment or under your seat. If your aid will not fit safely in either of these locations, it will need to have a baggage tag placed on it and stored in the baggage compartment under the bus, if possible. A baggage tag can be obtained at the ticket counter at no additional cost. The maximum weight for a stowed mobility device cannot exceed 200 pounds, and it must be no larger than 30 inches wide and 48 inches long.
Any item checked under the bus has a limited reimbursement of $250 for loss or damage per adult ticket and $125 per child ticket purchased. At additional cost, you may purchase excess insurance on any items stored in the baggage compartment by declaring the value of the item and filling out an excess value form with a maximum of up to $1,000 per adult ticket and $500 per child ticket.
All claims for damaged or lost mobility aids must be must be filed within 7 days of completing your trip and include proof of travel on a Black Hills Stage Lines bus. If you learn, upon disembarking from a Black Hills Stage Lines bus, that your mobility aid has been damaged or lost, please notify the driver immediately.
If you are unable to attend to your own personal needs and/or require assistance that Black Hills Stage Lines employees are not required to provide, then we encourage you to consider traveling with a personal care attendant who is eligible for a discounted ticket of 50 percent off the standard fare. A personal care attendant must be at least 15 years of age and be able to provide adequate assistance without the help of others. The passenger with a disability and the personal care attendant must complete their entire trip together. If the passenger with a disability is a minor and the personal care attendant is an adult, the minor will be charged full fare and the personal care attendant will get the reduced fare ticket. Black Hills Stage Lines can provide only 1 personal care attendant discount per disabled passenger.
When the bus stops at designated intermediate, rest, or meal stops on the scheduled route, you may request assistance off and on the bus or other assistance within reason.
Portable oxygen tanks are permissible on the bus for your needs with a maximum of 4 canisters per passengers as follows: 2 canisters aboard the bus for your use and 2 canisters stowed in the baggage compartment. Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have enough oxygen to complete their travel and are responsible for making arrangements for refills while en route. The maximum dimensions of any single canister cannot exceed 4.5 inches in diameter and 21 inches high. All oxygen canisters not in use must have safety caps on the valves.
All medicine must be in your carry-on luggage. Do not put it in your checked luggage under the bus.
Service animals are welcome to travel with the passenger with a disability, as long as the animal does not occupy a seat or obstruct the aisle. Service animals must always be in the control of their owners or handlers, such as on a leash or in a carrier. Black Hills Stage Lines reserves the right to refuse travel to any animal which poses a direct threat to other customers or Black Hills Stage Lines drivers or employees."