New AnchorRIDES Vehicles Hitting Anchorage Streets
Partnering with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
Contact: Paula Kangis
The Municipality of Anchorage Public Transportation Department has taken delivery of ten, 2011 Ford E450 Paratransit vehicles for the AnchorRIDES program. These vehicles will replace older fleet vehicles that have exceeded their useful life.
These vehicles were purchased with a $455,564 grant from The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (The Trust), and an additional $233,656 grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Each vehicle is fully accessible and outfitted with the following features:
- ADA compliant lifts and securement equipment for people using mobility devices, including power wheelchairs and scooters.
- DriveCam on board cameras recording events exceeding a certain G-force.
- GPS Automated Vehicle Locators – allowing dispatch to monitor the location, direction and speed of a vehicle at all times.
- Mobile Display Terminals – providing drivers with trip and passenger information to reduce radio traffic.
“We are extremely grateful for the support from The Trust,” commented MOA Transit Director Lance Wilber. “These funds will allow us to continue to provide mobility and independence to Trust beneficiaries and other vulnerable populations, and the new vehicles will go a long way in helping us manage our rising maintenance costs.”
AnchorRIDES is a coordinated transportation program serving the Municipality of Anchorage. In 2010, AnchorRIDES provided 188,804 one-way trips for people with ADA paratransit eligibility, seniors age 60 and over, CHOICE Medicaid Waiver recipients, ASD Title I students and other contracted trips.
“AnchorRIDES is a great example of how working in partnership with other organizations allows us to provide better, more efficient service,” said Mayor Dan Sullivan. “State funding of public transportation is a critical piece of coordinated transportation efforts, and we applaud the Governor and legislators for funding transportation, including these Trust grants.”
The Municipality will be surplussing the retiring vehicles, which will be sold first to human service agencies. Remaining vehicles will be sold through public auction.
The Trust is a perpetual trust established for the benefit of Alaskans with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism and other substance related disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, and traumatic brain injury.