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Post shuttle schedule changes to serve more Soldiers

Email   Print   Share By Joy Pariante, Sentinel Leisure Editor
January 14, 2010 | News
Starting tomorrow Fort Hood’s free shuttle service will only be operating after duty hours and on weekends, training holidays and federal holidays, offering personnel on-post transport to 24 key installation locations.

The shuttle service stops at locations such as post exchanges, fitness centers, dining facilities and housing areas. It was established to offer Soldiers, families, civilian employees and post visitors a cost-free way to get to all the necessary areas on Fort Hood, said Blaine Cortright, transportation assistant, Directorate of Logistics.

“Soldiers who lived on Fort Hood voiced their needs to the command (for a shuttle service),” Cortright said. “The installation commander heard their needs and tasked the garrison to develop a shuttle system that would serve the Fort Hood community best.”

After surveys and studies a shuttle service consisting of 15-passenger vans and contract drivers, was born in February 2009. The route was the same, but it ran for extended hours on weekends and holidays. However, because of a recent downturn in riders, the hours have been amended, Cortright said.

DOL and J&E Contract Services, who operate the shuttle services, encourage increased ridership to keep the program operating for people without reliable transportation and others who need the service.

“By using the service, the cost per passenger remains low and justifiable,” Cortright said. “If the rider is too low and the cost to operate remains high, there may be a chance of it being cancelled.”

Soldiers on post who are aware of the shuttle system have some recommendations on how DOL can increase ridership. The most common comment on the shuttle system was that more signs should be posted to show the shuttle service routes.

Soldiers also suggested an increase in the number of buses running, so the buses would be more visible.

“I’ve only seen them a handful of times,” said Spc. Doug Taylor, B Company, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. Taylor, who has a car, said even if he didn’t have a car he would very rarely use a shuttle service because of his barrack’s proximity to the Shoppette, where he can get most of the items he needs.

More buses also would make the round-trip time on the shuttle much shorter.

“It’s what, like a two-hour trip?” asked Spc. Steven Murphy, Company A, 27th BSB, 1st Cav. Div. He suggested additional buses would also serve to increase the amount of stops on the route so there could be more stops closer to more barracks areas, a service Murphy said the shuttle system could improve.

To see if the free shuttle service meets your transportation needs, check the time and route schedule to the right of this article.



SOLDIER’S FREE SHUTTLE ROUTE

Bus stop - Bldg # - Location - Departure times

1 - 25029 - TMP - .00 and .30

2 - 12005 - Patriot DFAC - .03 and .33

3 - 12018 - Raider Gym - .04 and .34

4 - 9205 - Theodore DFAC - .05 and .35

5 - 9301 - Burba Gym - .06 and .36

6 - 87010 - Starker Gym - .07 and .37

7 - 87030 - Warrior Way PX - .08 and .38

8 - 5764 - Club Hood - .12 and .42

9 - 10041 - 4ID Chapel - .14 and .44

10 - 334 - Palmer Theater - .16 and .46

11 - 324 - Skate Center - .18 and .48

12 - 121 - Rivers Building - .20 and .50

13 - 2337 - Apache Arts/Crafts - .22 and .52

14 - 23001 - Abrams Gym - .23 and .53

15 - 39008 - Kieschnick Gym - .24 and .54

16 - 3634 - Rough Rider Village WTU - .30 and .00

18 - 50012 - Community Center/PX Commissary - .38 and .08

19 - 43010 - 1st Cav. Rear D Ops - .45 and .15

20 - 37012 - Iron Horse Chapel - .47 and .17

21 - 37017 - Iron Horse Gym - .48 and .18

22 - 31006 - Harvey Gym - .49 and .19

23 - 3202 - Casey Library - .50 and .20

24 - 24006 - Grey Wolf Gym - .53 and .23



Hours of Operation:

Shuttle “A” Monday-Friday: 5–9:30 p.m.**

Shuttle “B” Monday-Friday: 6–10 p.m.**

Shuttle “A” Saturdays, Sundays and Training Holidays: 10:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.**

Shuttle “B” Saturdays, Sundays and Training Holidays: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.**

*Departure times are noted as minutes past the hour.

** Last Shuttle begins circuit at TMP one hour prior to end time.
 
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