Free shuttle service provides Schriever community rides

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely
  • 50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The on-base shuttle service outside the restricted area has been extended until Jan. 31 and will transport members around the base.

“The base shuttle service is intended to help Team Schriever personnel get to activities such as medical appointments, briefings, meetings and physical training activities outside the restricted area,” said Col. Brian Kehl, 50th Mission Support Group commander.

The Shuttle operates 9:15 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday, excluding holidays, family days and base closures.  Stops include the North restricted area portal, 50th Space Wing Headquarters/medical clinic, fitness center, 310th Space Wing Headquarters, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, and the West restricted area portal. The shuttle map and timetable can be found on the 50th SW page on the AF Connect App.

“The shuttle bus allows riders quick access to transportation around Schriever AFB without having to walk or give up prime parking spots, especially during inclement weather,” Kehl said.

The shuttle service started on a trial run basis Oct. 1 and was initially scheduled to end Nov. 15, but given increased ridership, the trial period was extended until Jan. 31.

“We saw increased ridership as people began to realize the shuttle bus was a viable option to get to places outside the restricted area,” Kehl said.

The 50th Logistics Readiness Flight manages the shuttle program, but the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron provides the bus and the drivers.

“There are loads of ways a shuttle service can be useful,” said Airman 1st Class Katie Naquin, 50th Force Support Squadron customer service apprentice. “Airmen who don’t have cars, don’t want to use gas or aren’t comfortable walking across the base in the cold weather now have a free alternative.”

Staying out of inclement and cold weather isn’t only convenient, but it can help keep Airmen healthy and mission ready by providing protection from the elements.

“This acknowledges one of the primary issues for Schriever Airmen - transportation,” Naquin said. “The leadership didn’t have to do anything about it, but they did and I appreciate that.”