PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Camp Humphreys officials are working to bump up the frequency of bus service on the post’s heavily used shuttle route.

“There’s just too many people needing access to the service,” said Clarence F. Slawson, director of logistics with the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys.

Officials want to hire six more drivers to put more of the post’s available buses in service.

The buses cover an eight-mile route around the post’s perimeter.

“That’s why it’s so imperative and important for the community, ’cause it’s such a long distance around the installation,” Slawson said.

Six more drivers “would change the entire frequency of the service throughout the day,” he said. “We’d have a bus departing each route every 20 minutes.”

Currently, the wait is 30 minutes during off-peak hours and 15 minutes during peak hours.

Peak hours for buses are 7 to 9 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Garrison officials have asked the U.S. Army Installation Command-Korea — the garrison’s higher headquarters — to approve the extra hiring. They’re hoping for an answer within the next 60 days.

“I have no news as to whether that’s going to be approved yet or not, but we are very hopeful that it’s going to be favorably considered and that we’ll be able to hire new drivers here in the near term,” Slawson said.

The changes would be to regular work-week service, which is 5:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday.

Weekend hours are on a different schedule.

“Basically, the service doesn’t start until a little later in the day,” Slawson said of weekend schedules. “There’s no peak hours during the weekends.”

The move to hire more drivers is the latest step that garrison officials are taking to meet the post’s transportation needs.

This summer they doubled the bus service so that within peak periods a bus starts a run every 15 minutes. That began July 1.

Bus drivers start and end their runs at the post’s walk-in gate. Two routes, the “red” and “blue,” take passengers to the same sets of stops, but they do so from opposite directions.

Meanwhile, garrison and Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are exploring the possibility of increasing the number of taxis operating on post during peak hours, possibly adding 12 to 15 cabs.

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