Post’s Community Partners Offer Green Options for Ft. Leonard Wood’s Fleet

Two groups that support the mission of Fort Leonard Wood in central Missouri displayed several green options for transportation across the post during its Transportation Days event last week.

Sustainable Ozarks Partnership and the Leonard Wood Institute sponsored exhibits for hybrid automobiles, an automated tram system and a vRide vanpooling vehicle at Fort Leonard Wood’s Transportation Days event. Bringing the transit system to the event was intended to provide personnel and workers at the installation an opportunity to see and ride a robotic vehicle, said Kevin Palmer of the Charlottesville, Va.-based Center for Sustainable Solutions.

“We are making Fort Leonard Wood a more sustainable installation, so it will be here doing the Army’s mission now and forever,” he said.

The Army also is considering an automated bus system that could accommodate 40 to 80 people to move soldiers and equipment around the post, according to Palmer, reported the installation’s public affairs office.

“We have to be the lead for this region when it comes to sustainability in the Ozarks. We need to become more efficient in how we move people around the installation,” said Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, commander of Fort Leonard Wood and the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.

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