JBSA taxi provides services for members on official business
By David DeKunder, 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
/ Published December 13, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- When members at Joint Base San Antonio locations need a ride for work-related functions, they call on the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron military taxi to help them get to their destination.
Utilizing passenger vans, the 502nd LRS military taxi provides transportation for active-duty members, service members on temporary duty and Department of Defense civilians conducting official business at the JBSA locations they are assigned to. Vans can take passengers between work sites, to meetings, who are conducting courier correspondence and from lodging to work for service members on TDY.
The taxi service is provided at no cost to riders and can be utilized by officers and enlisted personnel, from generals to airmen basic.
Michael Cox, 502nd LRS vehicle operations supervisor, said the taxi service helps reduce the need of personal vehicle usage by JBSA members for official purposes.
“It’s a convenient, no-cost service provided for the efficient utilization of government resources,” Cox said.
The busiest operations for the military taxi is at JBSA-Randolph, where an average of 175 passengers are transported weekly. To date, the taxi service has made a combined 3,786 runs at all JBSA locations this year.
At JBSA-Lackland and JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, taxi service is only utilized when shuttle service is not available at both of those locations.
Cox said active-duty, service members on TDY and government civilians are prohibited from using the taxi service for personal errands. He said the taxi service does not transport passengers between JBSA locations.
Average response times for taxi service at JBSA locations is 10 minutes or less.
Taxi service is one of many functions of the 502nd LRS, which consists of 198 active-duty members, DOD civilians and contractors who help serve 266 mission partners throughout JBSA. The department has 350 vehicles in its inventory, including buses, vans, sedans, trucks, tractor-trailers, wrecker recovery vehicles and forklifts.
For information and to utilize the taxi service, call 221-9635 at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, 671-3317/3318 at JBSA-Lackland and 652-8294 (TAXI) at JBSA-Randolph.