ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Big changes are being considered for Anchorage’s public transportation system. Since May, members of the public have been weighing on what they want from the People Mover service.
“People really said they wanted four things. They wanted a bus that comes every half hour, or every 15 minutes,” said Bart Rudolph, Public Transportation Planning Manager. “They’re willing to walk a little bit more, they don't have to wait as long for the bus. They want a simple network to understand.”
Right now, Rudolph says half of People Mover's money is being spent on routes that are used often, and the rest on routes people barely use.
Due to fixed budgets, Rudolph says public transit is looking at two different options, both serving busier bus stops more often.
The first would serve popular bus stops 80 percent of the time, and slower bus stops 20 percent of the time.
The second option would spend all of the budget focusing on stops with frequent riders, offering some routes every 15 minutes, leaving limited stops and smaller buses for those in South Anchorage where ridership is lower.
Public comment on these options can be made online at peoplemover.org/transittalks or at upcoming public comment meetings.
12/5: Covenant House, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
12/6: Eagle River Library, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
12/8: Anchorage City Hall, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
12/13: Muldoon Library, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
12/15: Ocean View Elementary 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
12/17: Mountain View Library 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.