After years of providing the service of connecting downtown Fayetteville to the suburbs, the Fayetteville Area System of Transit now has a dedicated link to Fort Bragg.

The Fort Bragg Express, as the route is commonly called, picks up and drops off passengers at three locations on post — the Fort Bragg Multi-modal Hub (North Post PX), the Mini-Mall and a third location at the South Post PX.

The service is part of the Fort Bragg Garrison commander’s goal and the City of Fayetteville Regional Transit Needs Assessment, dated June 24, 2014, which focused on the need to create sustainable transportation with a link between Fort Bragg and the Cumberland County transportation system.

According to Tim Shea, director of the post’s Transportation Directorate, public transportation service offers many practical benefits for the Fort Bragg community.

“Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life,” Shea said in an e-mail message. “Access to public transportation gives people options to get to work, go to school, visit friends, or go to the doctor’s office. It provides access to job opportunities for millions of Americans.”

As Fort Bragg continues to spearhead the Army’s efforts of environmental protection awareness, the addition of the public transportation service to the post will only enhance those efforts, Shea said.

“Public transportation saves fuel and reduces congestion. Public transportation use in the U.S. saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10 percent and up to 30 percent if they eliminate a second vehicle,” Shea explained.

He pointed out that public transportation use in the U.S. further reduces the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. That measurement is the equivalent to a cease in electricity to Washington, D.C., New York, Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles combined.

Based on statistics provided by Shea, households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households without access to public transportation.

Shea added that using public transportation can actually save a significant amount of money for daily commuters. His statement was based on American Public Transportation Association’s Transit Saving Report which states that a two-person household can save, on average, more than $10,174 a year by downsizing to one car, a quick way to beat high gas prices.

Shea said the service allows Fayetteville’s FAST busses to connect to the post through existing Fort Bragg post shuttle routes. Which means, a local commuter who works on North post, can catch a bus in Fayetteville and travel to the post’s North post hub. He can then continue his route directly to work by using Fort Bragg Shuttle system. The same applies in reverse during his evening commute home.