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Transportation Planning / AMATS

What is AMATS?

AMATS is the acronym for Anchorage Metro Area Transportation Solutions, the federally recognized Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). AMATS was created as a multiagency team that works together to plan and fund the transportation system in the Anchorage Bowl and Chugiak/Eagle River areas when federal funds are being used. These federal funds are generated from gasoline taxes paid by the motoring public. The State of Alaska Legislature authorizes appropriations and general obligation bonds.  Additional funding is generated by local municipal bonds, as well.

Primary Functions of AMATS:
  • PLAN Anchorage’s long-term transportation system needs for all modes of transportation.  The Anchorage Bowl 2027 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the Chugiak/Eagle River 2027 LRTP together illustrate the travel system envisioned to accommodate the community in the next 20 years.
  • FUND implementation of the planning phases for long-term needs, by prioritizing projects and products through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP indicates where financial resources are directed and at what level, then schedules those resources to be used in accepted phases.
  • COORDINATE with the federal, state and local agencies that have a role and responsibility for transportation planning and development, including environmental concerns.
AMATS Organizational Chart:

Flow Chart

AMATS tasks are accomplished by its committees and staff:
  • POLICY COMMITTEE is the primary decision-making body, comprised of five voting members:  two Assembly members appointed by the entire Anchorage Municipal Assembly, the mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA), the commissioner of the State of Alaska Dept. of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) or designee (currently the Central Region director), and the commissioner of the State of Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) or designee (currently the director of Air & Water Quality).  In general, the Policy Committee:  1) provides overall direction to the AMATS Technical Advisory Committee and to staff; 2) ensures adequate public involvement throughout the AMATS process; and 3) directs the preparation of transportation plans, programs and studies.

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  • TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITEE (TAC) reports to the Policy Committee. The TAC committee consists of 11 voting members from municipal and state agencies. The municipal agencies include the departments of Health & Human Services (DHHS), Public Transportation, Planning, Project Management & Engineering (PM&E), and Traffic; and the Port of Anchorage. Members of state agencies who also serve on the committee are ADOT&PF chief of Central Region Planning and Administrative Services, ADOT&PF Regional Pre-Construction engineer, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) manager of the Southcentral Region Air Quality Program, a representative from Alaska Railroad Corporation, and a member of the Citizens Air Quality Advisory Group (AQAG).  The TAC prepares and maintains all AMATS plans, technical studies and programs for the area; and provides recommendations to the Policy Committee.

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  • ANCHORAGE MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY The transportation/land use responsibilities of the Assembly include adoption of the Official Streets and Highways Plan (OS&HP), a transportation element of the comprehensive development plan (Anchorage 2020), and the local component of the State Implementation Plan for Air Quality (SIP). In addition, the Assembly reviews and adopts by resolution the Transportation Improvement Program and the Long-Range Transportation Plan(s). Two members of the Assembly serve on the Policy Committee.

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  • MUNICIPAL PLANNING AND ZONING (P&Z) COMMISSION acts as the AMATS Citizens Advisory Committee. The Commission reviews transportation plans and programs and provides a public forum for review and consideration of citizen comments, and recommendations on transportation and air quality plans. The Commission provides land use advice and transmits advisory recommendations on the AMATS LRTP and TIP to the Assembly and AMATS Policy Committee. The Commission also considers the Official Streets and Highway Plan, the Air Quality Plan, the Unified Planning Work Program, and other relevant transportation plans including but not limited to trails, congestion management and freight mobility. In a related capacity, the P&Z reviews site selections and site plans for roadway improvement and building projects. READ MORE

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  • AIR QUALITY ADVISORY GROUP is a technical forum consisting of members with scientific, professional or technical training in and experience with air quality issues, and members of the general public. The committee helps facilitate public participation in the air quality planning process and reviews and submits advisory recommendations to the Technical Advisory and Policy Committees regarding air quality planning proposals developed by the AMATS TAC and staff. The municipal Department of Health and Human Services is the coordinating agency for the committee.

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  • FREIGHT ADVISORY COMMITTEE was created to advise AMATS on freight-related issues. This committee includes personnel from the Port of Anchorage, the Alaska Railroad Corporation, the Ted Stevens/Anchorage International Airport, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the University of Alaska, Anchorage, the Alaska Trucking Association, and representatives from the private sector directly involved in freight movement

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  • AMATS STAFF AND SUPPORT Principal staff for AMATS is the Municipal Traffic Department’s Transportation Planning Division. Other municipal departments that provide expertise and added support include: Project Management & Engineering, Planning, Health & Human Services (Environmental Services Division), and Public Transportation. The State of Alaska supports AMATS through its Department of Transportation & Public Facilities and Department of Environmental Conservation. These agencies provide joint oversight through collaboration with local agencies: the Alaska Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Juneau and the Region 10 Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coordinates federal regulation of air quality issues. 

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    PUBLIC TRANSIT ADVISORY BOARD (PTAB)
    • Transportation Planning / AMATS
    • Director: Jerry Weaver
    • 4700 Elmore Road
    • (907) 343-7991