On October 23, 2017, People Mover made significant changes to the bus system. Service shifted from an infrequent system that prioritized coverage over ridership to a system that offers more direct and frequent service. Buses now arrive every 15 minutes on some of the routes in the most densely populated areas. The hours of service have also expanded. Buses now run to midnight on the weekdays (2 a.m. to the airport), and the number of trips on the weekends doubled. These change stemmed from the Anchorage Talks Transit public participation process that began in May 2016.
Changes made to the bus routes also impacted the AnchorRIDES core service area coverage and extended the hours of operation. Furthermore, the AnchorRIDES operation in the Chugiak/Eagle River premium service area was transferred to the Chugiak Senior Center on July 2, 2018.
THIS REPORT ANALYZES ALL THREE SERVICES (PEOPLE MOVER, ANCHORRIDES, RIDESHARE) OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT (PTD) ONE YEAR AFTER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW BUS SYSTEM. DATA FROM THIS REPORT WILL BE USED AS A BASELINE AND A STARTING POINT TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY AND HELP ESTABLISH WHERE WE GO FROM HERE.
Public Transportation System Report Card