FORT CAVAZOS, Texas — Staff Sgt. Matthew Johnson, 11th Signal Brigade, was the creative mind behind the winning logo design for the Cavazos Connector buses and was recognized in a ceremony Jan. 10 here.
He expressed his enthusiasm and honor.
“I feel a deep sense of pride and responsibility, knowing that the logo associated with my time here will be linked to the Cavazos Connector long after my permanent change of station,” Johnson explained. “It’s a symbol of continuity and the enduring spirit of service and commitment that we all strive to uphold.”
He emphasized the fundamental importance of accessible transportation for Soldiers and their families.
“It goes beyond mere convenience,” Johnson said, “enabling Soldiers to fulfill their duties effectively and helping families stay connected.”
Fort Cavazos is on the brink of a transportation revolution with the upcoming launch of the Cavazos Connector, a comprehensive transit system designed to enhance the quality of life for Soldiers, civilians and their families. This fare-free service, set to roll out in phases starting Feb. 5, promises to reshape the daily experiences of the Fort Cavazos community.
Col. Lakicia Stokes, U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Cavazos commander, emphasized the project’s significance.
“With many single Soldiers arriving without a vehicle and families often sharing a single car, the Cavazos Connector is a vital step in improving accessibility to recreational and essential services without the financial burden of private transportation,” Stokes said.
The Cavazos Connector comprises the micro-transit system and the circulator route. The system, launching its first zone in February, offers curb-to-curb service within and between designated zones. The circulator route, featuring clockwise and counterclockwise routes around key points of interest, ensures efficient, timely connections.
Jerry Stephens, deputy of the Army Field Support Battalion-Cavazos, reports that the project is progressing smoothly.
“We’re collaborating closely with the Hill Country Transit District,” Stephens explained, “utilizing advanced software for seamless trip booking and real-time tracking.”
The upcoming phase involves an initial operational test focusing on the Soldier barracks area, intending to fine-tune the system before its grand unveiling on March 2. This period will include rigorous testing of the software, route planning and user education through various media, including a comprehensive app similar to Uber or Lyft.
“Our goal is to significantly enhance the mobility of our Soldiers and their families, reduce traffic congestion and contribute positively to environmental sustainability,” Stokes remarked.
The Cavazos Connector also represents a significant stride in addressing quality-of-life issues at the Army level. Stokes highlighted the crucial role of Lt. Gen. Sean C. Bernabe, III Armored Corps and Fort Cavazos commanding general, in championing this initiative.
“Lieutenant General Bernabe’s advocacy at the highest levels of Army leadership has been pivotal in securing support and funding for this pilot test,” Stokes stated.
“This is more than just a transit system; it’s a message to the Army leadership about the necessity and impact of such programs.”
With an impressive rise in ridership during its test runs and the expected increase upon its full operational launch, the Cavazos Connector hopes to set the benchmark for military base transportation nationwide.
For information on the grand opening and the finalized version of the Cavazos Connector map, follow U.S. Army Fort Cavazos on Facebook.