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Anchorage Talks Transit: Phase I: Visioning

Since April 2016, People Mover has been listening to your transit priorities through Anchorage Talks Transit. We heard you loud and clear, and you can read more about the results of the Anchorage Talks Transit visioning process in the Final Report.

Anchorage Talks Transit: Phase II: Concept Refinement

The next step of the Anchorage Talks Transit process is translating your transit priorities from the visioning process into a redesign of our bus system. We took your feedback from the visioning process and developed two system redesign concepts for further discussion:

  • The 80% Concept Map below shows what our system would look like if about 80% of our resources were spent on maximizing ridership, and 20% of our resources were focused on providing transit access to other areas within Anchorage.
  • The 100% Concept Map below shows what our system would look like if all of our resources were spent on maximizing ridership and minimal resources were focused on providing transit access to other areas within Anchorage.

Please see below for more details.

80% Concept Map (Click image to view PDF) 100% Concept Map (Click image to view PDF)
Eighty Percent Map Graphic One hundred percent map graphic

Explore the interactive 80% Concept Map and send us your comments.

(Please include an email address or phone number with your map comments if you would like a response.)

Explore the interactive 100% Concept Map and send us your comments.

(Please include an email address or phone number with your map comments if you would like a response.)

80% Concept Highlights  100% Concept Highlights 
  • Frequent service (a bus arriving every 15 minutes) would connect the University and health centers, downtown, Midtown, east Anchorage, and many places in between. (Where two frequent routes cross, people could transfer with just a short wait.)
  • No place that has access to service today is entirely uncovered. However, fewer bus routes would deviate to go down small streets, or into cul de sacs or parking lots. This means that routes would be faster and more direct. However, as a result, many people who today have a bus stop very close by, would in this Concept need to walk farther to access service, in some cases more than 1/4 mile 
  • Service would continue one hour later each weekday evening. On Sundays, service would run three hours longer than in the Existing Network 

  • On weekends, all routes shown in red or blue at right would come every 30 minutes, which is twice the frequency of any weekend route in the Existing Network. Those shown in green would come hourly

  • The very low ridership rush-hour-only service to Eagle River and Chugiak is no long offered. Eagle River Connect still remains.

  • Fewer residents and jobs are within ¼ mile walk of some service than in the Existing Network. However, for the first time, a large number of Anchorage residents and jobs would be within walking distance of frequent transit (a bus arriving every 15 min).

  • The densest parts of Anchorage would be covered with frequent transit (a bus arriving every 15 minutes), forming a connected network that would allow people to quickly travel anywhere on the network.(Where two frequent routes cross, people could transfer with just a short wait.)
  • Even on weekends, the red and blue lines would continue to represent, respectively, 15- and 30-minute frequencies. Today, all routes come just once an hour on the weekends.
  • Service would run three hours longer on Sundays than it does in the Existing Network.
  • Service would continue even later each weekday evening, until midnight. This would make transit viable for the many retail and restaurant workers who need to travel home at night.
  • The very low ridership rush-hour-only service to Eagle River and Chugiak is no long offered. Eagle River Connect still remains.
  • Fewer residents and jobs are within 1/4 mile walk of some service than in the Existing Network. Geographic coverage is reduced, so that service can be concentrated into more frequent routes. However, a very large number of Anchorage residents and jobs would suddenly be within walking distance of a frequent transit network (a bus arriving every 15 min).

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How will your travel times be affected by the route concepts?

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