USAREUR starts commuter bus service first of the year

November 30, 2011

By Sgt. Maj. Lisa Hunter, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active
A commuter bus service from Wiesbaden to Heidelberg on weekdays is scheduled to begin Jan. 1.

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Free commuter bus service, one of the many steps in U.S. Army Europe Headquarters’ move from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden, will start on Jan. 3. The bus will transport USAREUR Soldiers and Department of the Army employees from Wiesbaden to Heidelberg on weekdays.

“USAREUR Soldiers and DA employees who are just now joining the command are moving directly to Wiesbaden,” explained Lt. Col. John Callery, the USAREUR logistics officer for the Relocation Taskforce. “We are trying to make this move as smooth as possible. The commuter bus is just one of the means we will use to accomplish that mission.”

The Commuter Route 2 bus will pick up at the Wiesbaden Lodge in Hainerberg Housing Area (Bldg. 7890, Mississippi Strasse) at 6:15 a.m. every weekday, excluding Federal and training holidays. Passengers will be dropped off at Campbell Barracks at 7: 30 a.m.

The bus will then pick up the return passengers at 4 p.m. to be dropped off at the guest house at approximately 5:15 p.m.

“We’ve tried to work the schedule so that it meets the varied requirements for both civilian employees and Soldiers,” Callery said. “But, a word of caution: The bus will depart on time. If a passenger is late, he or she will have to find another means of getting to work that day.”

The bus is available to USAREUR Soldiers and civilian employees who live in Wiesbaden and commute to work in Heidelberg; however, they must sign up in advance to ride the bus.  The commuter bus service will expand to meet requirements as more people move to Wiesbaden who will then commute to Heidelberg. As USAREUR directorates start to move their offices to Wiesbaden, USAREUR will lay on a commuter bus that will carry employees living in Heidelberg to work in Wiesbaden, Callery said.

For more information on the commuter buses, contact Callery at DSN 370-6642.