Post's personnel asked to carpool

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Fort Gordon is joining other Georgia military bases considering organized carpooling that would reduce air pollution and ease bottlenecks at security gates for the post's 20,000 weekday commuters.

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A security officer checks the ID of drivers entering Fort Gordon, where organized carpooling could reduce pollution and traffic.  Michael Holahan/Staff
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A security officer checks the ID of drivers entering Fort Gordon, where organized carpooling could reduce pollution and traffic.

"It will be looked at early in 2008 by our garrison command," said James Hudgins, the post's public affairs officer. "It is something every installation, not just the ones in Georgia, were asked to look at."

Similar programs are being organized at other Georgia bases -- including Fort Benning and Robins Air Force Base -- by Georgia's Clean Air Campaign, which works to reduce air pollution and offers incentives to prospective carpoolers.

Kevin Green, the campaign's director, told The Associated Press that single-car commuters who give up their daily drive can get $3 a day -- as much as $180 in three months. Carpool groups can receive as much as $60 a month for a year.

"Carpooling is good for everyone because it cuts down on traffic and helps the environment," Mr. Hudgins said. "It could be particularly helpful here, because, other than our students, the majority of our military families live off post because of the availability of quality housing."

Augusta is also one of several Georgia cities under scrutiny by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because of its precarious compliance with the federal Clean Air Act.

Although Augusta remains in compliance, it often hovers near threshold limits of ozone and other pollutants and was the first Georgia city to sign an "early action compact" that includes a pledge to work to reduce air pollution.

Mr. Green said that more than 1,500 soldiers and employees at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga., filled out applications for the program during a weeklong event in October, and another 200 have signed up this month in Fort Benning near Columbus, Ga.

"Both facilities have parking shortages," he said. "And there's a compelling challenge with a lot of vehicles coming on the base, security and limited parking."

Associated Press reports were used in this story.

Reach Rob Pavey at 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com

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WhiskyDick
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WhiskyDick 01/01/08 - 09:40 am
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For those of us who prefer to

For those of us who prefer to ride motorcycles onto Fort Gordon, which reduce fuel use, pollution, and parking issues, the command has made it incredibly difficult. To enter post, I have to have show the following items to the gate guard: helmet, eye protection, long-sleeved jacket, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, a reflective vest or belt, my driver's license, my motorcycle license, and proof that I attended motorcycle safety course.

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egan 01/01/08 - 10:32 am
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I would like to know who came

I would like to know who came up with the stupid motorcycle, scooter rules that Fort Gordon has come up with. Some idiot in a command position has a bias against motorcycles. Carpooling will not speed up things at the gate as the guard will have to go all the way around the car to check everyone ID.

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ANGEL 01/01/08 - 12:29 pm
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Carpooling is not a good

Carpooling is not a good option for single parents and also for those who can are only civilians or contractors that have no military (active or retired) ID. There are not alot of places that civlians can use on Post. So I really do not think this is going to work.

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lady_alessandra 01/01/08 - 03:34 pm
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the motorcycle rules are

the motorcycle rules are supposedly Army-wide, and all Army bases are supposed to follow them

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LouLou 01/01/08 - 08:05 pm
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Carpooling does work, but

Carpooling does work, but only if you're lucky enough to have someone in your local area that works the same hours/days that you do. Used to be you saw carpools all over post but not any more. Things there have changed drastically where it's not as convient as once was.

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