Waiting for the bus
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Wainwright's Garrison Manager, Wesley Potter (left), and Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins were invited by the Fairbank's Metropolitan Area Commuter System's Transportation Manager Adam Barth for an inaugural bus tour, showcasing the route to be taken by the new bus service for the Fort Wainwright and the greater Fairbanks communities which starts Monday, Nov. 4.

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - More than 16,000 Soldiers, military Family members, Department of Defense civilians and Bureau of Land Management employees work and live on Fort Wainwright. This number does not include the seasonal construction contractors, delivery businesses or our local veterans and retirees who frequent the post on a daily basis.

That has the potential for a lot of movement in, off and around the installation and transportation makes it all happen.

In Alaska, traveling to and from work, the shopping center, school or even play are more likely more than a casual walk.

Soldiers, family members and civilians new to the Fort Wainwright area may not have a vehicle at all or are waiting for theirs to arrive from their last assignment. For families with only one vehicle or Soldiers with no vehicle at all, having options for transportation is a very important factor in feeling secure, safe and independent. Winter makes it even more important as temperatures and roads conditions create hazards for vehicles and people alike.

Beginning Monday the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Commuter System's Gold Line bus will be coming onto post, making stops at over 26 locations, four of which are timed stops: Arctic Light Elementary at 55 minutes past the hour, Last Frontier Community Activity Center at 6 minutes past the hour, Commissary and Exchange at 23 minutes past the hour and Bassett Army Community Hospital at 29 minutes past the hour.

Service begins at 5:45 a.m., at the Transit Center downtown Fairbanks with three stops along Lacey and 10th before heading to Fort Wainwright.

The Visitor's Center is the first stop servicing the post, allowing those passengers without passes to disembark and acquire them. There will be an hour wait until the next bus returns.

While riding the bus, patrons should remember that only with proper ID can anyone exit the bus while on post.

As the bus enters and departs the post, a Department of the Army security guard will board and continue the route, checking IDs of passengers before they exit.

The bus runs Monday through Friday at the same times daily and on Saturdays, starting at 10:45 a.m., making six complete runs.

Passenger rates, route maps and schedules are available online at www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/transportation.

Page last updated Fri November 1st, 2013 at 15:11