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Fort McCoy officials gauging interest in possible van-pool program

A rideshare van of Airmen leaves March Air Reserve Base, Calif., for lunch, on April 19, 2011. Fort McCoy, Wis., officials are looking to possibly start a similar van-pool program in 2020 if there is enough interest. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Linda Welz)
January 22, 2020

Fort McCoy personnel are looking into the possibility of starting a van-pool program at the installation under the Army’s Mass Transportation Benefit Program (MTBP).

According to MTBP guidelines, the purpose of the program is to reduce federal employees’ contribution to traffic congestion and air pollution and to expand their commuting alternatives by using mass transportation.

“This can be a great program if we have enough participants to keep it going,” said Bob Bills with the Directorate of Emergency Services. “I’ve used it in other areas, and it really is a great program.”

How the program would be accomplished, what type of vehicle would be used, and other factors cannot be decided until it can be determined how many people want to participate in the program.

In order to participate in the MTBP, an applicant must meet the following two criteria:

• Be a civilian, military, or nonappropriated fund employee who is paid and employed by the Department of Defense.

• Be permanently stationed or working at Fort McCoy.

To learn more about this possible program for Fort McCoy, contact Bills at the Directorate of Emergency Services.