SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The Schriever - Peterson shuttle service will end transportation services effective Sept. 29.
After this date, Airmen unable to drive to Schriever from Peterson or vice versa will need to coordinate with those who have vehicles or inform their leadership to get assistance.
“Airmen should be working with other Airmen to see if they can get a ride; if they are unable to do that, elevate the issue to leadership,” said David Collins, 50th Logistics Readiness Flight director. “I would recommend new Airmen make leadership aware of transportation issues as soon as possible.”
While the service ending can cause problems for Airmen living in the dorms, leadership can help remedy the issue – as long as they are aware of it.
“Supervisors are there to help,” said Senior Master Sgt. Allen Le Vie, 50th Operations Group first sergeant. “Whether it is transportation, finances, relationships, or personal problems, you need to let supervisors know what’s going on in your life, so they can be a better advocate for you.”
He went on to detail how he would help an Airman if he/she approached him with concerns about getting to and from Schriever.
“The first thing I would do is ask what their budget looks like, what their limitations are, if they have a driver’s license,” Le Vie said. “Then connect them to the resources of the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and the Airman and Family Readiness Center for car buying tips.
My biggest concern is if an Airman goes out on his own and gets a high interest loan from a disreputable car dealer downtown and gets themselves in trouble. Be proactive and let your folks know what’s going on so we can better take care of you.”
For new Airmen, Airmanship 300 provides a car buying session during its curriculum to provide assistance. In addition, the A&FRC provides resources to help with budgeting and car buying.
“We try to cover all the different areas involved in the car buying process,” said Liz Archuleta,
Schriever community readiness consultant, who advises on budgeting and large financial purchases for Airmen throughout the base. “I start with the budget, and then make decisions on how much they can afford, assess an insurance estimate and discuss the pros and cons of dealerships and more.”
In critical situations, such as a hailstorm, like last year’s, which destroyed many vehicles in the dorm parking lots at Peterson, Collins and other leaders will work to temporarily reinstate the service.
“I would tell you if we come across an issue like that (hailstorm) again we will work with someone to get support for transportation,” Collins said.
The hail damaged many Airman’s cars, including Airman 1st Class Esmeralda Garcia’s, who rode the shuttle and hitched rides with other Airmen for a duration afterwards until her car was fixed.
“It was helpful at the time because I didn’t have a vehicle,” she said. “The situation put an emphasis on how important it is to have a vehicle out here. There were a lot of people who live on Peterson and work on Schriever, so it was easy to get rides with friends.”
According to Collins, low ridership and high cost were the primary factors for the service’s cancellation.
“The cost of the contract was in the neighborhood of $287,000 dollars a year,” Collins said. “Calculating the number of individuals riding, it was running anywhere from $260 to $280 per ride, per person.”
Those wishing to inquire about shuttle times can contact Collins at 567-3365. Anyone wishing set up an appointment to discuss the car buying process can contact Archuleta at 567-7347.