FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Hoosier Shuttle has been taking travelers, shoppers or just visitors from Fort Wayne to Indy since 2008. It’s a great option, but this My Hometown is really about a special trip for one of the drivers.
The holidays are a busy time for the Hoosier Shuttle. Starting behind the Tile Shop in Fort Wayne, for really a small price, the shuttle takes people to Indy, through downtown and to the airport. Since the business started, the wheels have since spun over 40,000 miles.
Bryan Carlson is a big part of that and it’s safe to say he loves everything about the Hoosier Shuttle. And this holiday season, he’s celebrating a milestone. He just made his 1,000th trip.
“It’s kind of surreal, if I may use that term. I don’t even know what surreal is but it is surreal. It’s unbelievable. I can’t believe how times goes but when you get to be an old guy, you realize time goes by fast. I like to drive and I like to talk to people so it’s a wonderful job for a retired guy.”
The 80-year-old so-called retired guy never even really retired. Shortly after wrapping up his engineering career, he started driving. “My wife knows that I can’t just sit around the house. No, that doesn’t work.”
He takes three to four trips a week and he’s learned a lot along the way. “If you do the math, that’s about 12 times around planet earth at the fat part, the equator.”
He has even brushed up his math skills. But if you haven’t caught on, Bryan is a people person. He keeps track of everyone he meets in an atlas he keeps in the shuttle. And although he wasn’t born a Hoosier, it’s in his blood now. “I tell people when I leave them off I say now if anybody asks who’s your shuttle, you say the Hoosier Shuttle.”
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