New after-hours bus service starts today

Dave Carlson

David Carlson, head of the Business Services Section, wrote this week’s column.

Beginning today at 5:15 p.m., the Fermilab Business Services Section will launch an experiment by providing a new afterhours shuttle service two days per week. The principle aim is to help attendees of the Wednesday afternoon Colloquia and the Friday afternoon Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminars get from Wilson Hall to other locations on site when normal business is over and the taxis have stopped running. The new service should allow greater participation in these two popular events. Another benefit will be to provide one late pickup opportunity along a fixed route for people in certain remote areas to return to the Village. Not to mention, ride sharing is good for the environment.

The new service grew out of several ideas regarding on-site transportation and commuting that the Users Executive Committee (UEC) / Quality of Life Subcommittee, including members of the Graduate Student Association, presented to the Directorate and Business Services Section earlier this year. While other ideas are still under consideration, the after-hours bus route with a few limited stops two days a week was determined to be possible within current resources and well worth a try.

A Fermilab driver and 15-passenger taxi bus will leave the horseshoe in front of Wilson Hall at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and make a single fixed run with stops at SciDet, CDF, DZero and the Users Center in the Village. These locations may be subject to change based on feedback from this experiment. If there is room on the bus, individuals who are at one of the stops can hitch a ride to another point further along the route. We understand that demand might be light during the holiday season, so it will be a few months before we know how well this service suits the existing need and what adjustments we could make. We will provide additional information about this service at a later date.

Give it a try!