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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Senate Committee Encourages Base Personnel to Take the Bus, Train

  • June 28, 2011
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The Pentagon should encourage military and civilian personnel at installations to take mass transit, or to form carpools or vanpools as a way to alleviate traffic congestion, according to the report accompanying the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill the Senate Armed Services Committee approved June 17.

The committee encourages the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, in conjunction with the director of the Office of Economic Adjustment, to promote the use of carpools and public transit at installations with a substantial civilian or military presence.  One way would be to designate at affected installations a central office or designated official responsible for providing resources needed to facilitate the use of multiple transportation options.

In addition to lessening traffic congestion, a greater dependency on public transit would cut energy consumption and help the military meet its energy efficiency goals, the committee report states.

The conference report, S. Rpt. 112-26, is available on Thomas. The bill is S. 1253.

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