By Col. Matthew Margotta, U.S. Army Garrison-HawaiiJune 12, 2009
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - In order to provide increased access to our facilities for youth and Soldiers who may not have transportation from outlying communities or within our installations, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii has initiated a summer bus shuttle service in the Oahu North communities.
This initiative was based on feedback provided by the community during the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference.
Since Tuesday, the shuttle has been running daily (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) between Helemano Military Reservation, Mendonca Park, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield and Camp Stover.
The shuttle makes stops at many of USAG-HI's major recreation areas - the skateboard park, the Soldier Support Center, the Teen Center, Richardson Pool, the paintball park, post exchange, Burger King, the bowling alley, and other locations.
Of note, this initiative is designed to provide greater "mobility" for our youth; however, I ask leaders to emphasize to their Soldiers and families that this service is a privilege and proper behavior and supervision is required.
No child younger than 12 may ride the bus unaccompanied by an adult. An adult is defined as someone more than 18 years of age.
Also, even if you are old enough to get on the bus unaccompanied, you may not be old enough to access some of the facilities unaccompanied. For example, you must be 16 years old to enter a gym unaccompanied and 13 years old to access the pool unaccompanied. Applicable rules associated with these facilities also still apply.
Our biggest concern with the program are youth using the service without parental approval or knowledge. We ask leaders to please convey that parental control over their children is paramount to alleviate this.
Note that the times of the runs are estimates. Passengers should not expect to see the bus exactly at the time listed; please give the bus a 10-minute cushion either way.
We will attempt to stay as close to the timeline as possible.
I ask your help in publicizing this new program to your Soldiers and families. The service will continue until the start of the new school year. For more information call 808-656-8720.
Summer Shuttle Rules
Aca,!AcAll DOD members and family eligible (ID required).
Aca,!AcFrequent stops along the route; (wave for driver to stop).
Aca,!AcThe shuttle will not pick up or discharge off installations.
Aca,!AcYouth riders must be 12 or older to ride alone; under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Aca,!AcShuttle is not handicap accessible.
Aca,!AcNo open beverages/food.
The Oahu North summer shuttle route schedule can be downloaded at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil; Click "Post Updates," then "Post Information."