Port Fourchon is home to approximately 250 companies, with an average of 4500 employees working between day and night shifts, seven days a week. Approximately 15,000 people per month are flown to offshore locations supported by Port Fourchon.
So where do all of those workers park?
Companies at Port Fourchon are utilizing valuable working space within their facilities to accommodate vehicle parking, both for their own workers and those parking to travel offshore.
In 2012, Dwayne Rebstock realized the need for a transportation system that could carry workers to and from Port Fourchon and free up much needed space for business growth.
He developed Fourchon Transportation Services, LLC (FTS) with the goal of providing affordable crew transportation via 15 passenger vans to and from the Port to many locations along the Gulf Coast Region.
Aside from having workers vying for prime parking space, especially on rainy or scorching hot days often seen in the area, Fourchon Transportation Services can also help commuters save on fuel and toll tag costs, vehicle wear and tear, overspray, limestone dust and a plethora of other things related to daily travels and parking at the Port.
In the 37-mile span from Larose to Fourchon, there have been hundreds of accidents on the road due to rushed, tired and pre-occupied drivers travelling to and from work.
“With FTS, workers can sit back, relax and even get in a few more minutes of shut-eye. The busses are equipped with USB plug-ins for charging electronic devices as well as a 30-inch monitor providing local information to crews,” says Rebstock.
On April 1, Fourchon Transportation Services is launching a Port Shuttle Service via a 29-passenger bus for workers. A Park-n-Ride option is being developed in the Galliano area and a second Park-n-Ride is planned to open in Larose by the end of the year.
“The planned transit shuttle route will start with five to six bus stops in the Bayou Region, home to a vast majority of Port workers, as well as the three major hotel chains and stops at all dock locations at the Port. Busses will operate from 4 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week from Galliano to Fourchon and then from Larose to Fourchon once the second Park-n-Ride opens,” says Rebstock.
Workers getting off their shift will be able to jump on the shuttle for their trip home when it stops to let off workers who are going to their shift. The busses will run a loop route at morning crew change from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and evening crew change from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In between crew change times one shuttle bus will continue this route while a second bus will return to and remain at Port Fourchon and will run a Port route, which will be a 30-minute looped route that will take the shuttle bus around the Port.
This Port loop will allow workers a hop-on / off type of shuttle service that will bring them anywhere they need to go within the Port.
“This is a much-needed public service at a very fair price for those living and working in south Lafourche and Port Fourchon,” says Rebstock. “Port Fourchon is the pulse of our local community and we want to get workers there safely and cost effectively.”
For more information on Fourchon Transportation Services, LLC visit www.fourchontransportation.com or call 985-475-3309 or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fourchontransportation.
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Posted on Tue, March 10, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette