Naples shuttle-bus cutbacks create service gap for commuters
June 1, 2009
NAPLES, Italy — Cutbacks in shuttle-bus service take effect on Wednesday, leaving fewer options for base commuters in Naples.
The new schedule cuts mid-morning and early afternoon buses between Capodichino and the support site at Gricignano, frustrating some riders.
"I don’t have a car, so it’s a hassle," said Petty Officer 3rd Class David Rivera, who commutes between the two bases regularly.
The new schedule leaves an almost seven-hour gap in service after 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, running from the support site to Capodichino.
Also gone are the midday runs between the Navy and NATO base in Bagnoli, leaving only two workday trips from Capodichino to the Joint Force Command base, and three trips that run in the opposite direction.
No additional changes to the bus schedule are expected after the new one goes into effect on Wednesday, according to base officials. This is the second reduction in shuttle service for Naples commuters this year.
Last December, base officials notified departments of a 10 percent "cost savings" on transportation funding that would result in fewer shuttle buses between the Navy bases in Naples.
"Fiscal realities for the remainder of this year, and for years to come, indicate funding for shore infrastructure will likely decline," said Cmdr. Jeff McAtee, spokesman for Naval Support Activity Naples. "We are all working hard to develop and implement innovative ways to deliver services at lower cost."
Before the last schedule change that took effect in March, there were 16 shuttle runs between Capodichino and Gricignano, Monday through Friday, and eight weekend runs. The new schedule cuts the number of trips by half.
"The changes to the bus schedule are part of a regional effort to cut costs and be more efficient with what we do have," said McAtee. "The overall goal is to improve services and reduce costs. If we spend less on bus service it may give us more money for other programs."