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Big changes in Anchorage’s bus system take effect Monday

  • Author: Devin Kelly
  • Updated: October 23, 2017
  • Published October 22, 2017

Andres Widmer waits to catch a bus at the Downtown Transit Center in Anchorage on Tuesday, Oct. 17. People Mover will launch a new bus system on Monday. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)

Shorter wait times and fewer neighborhood stops are some of the big changes Anchorage bus riders can expect Monday as a long-awaited overhaul of the People Mover system takes effect.

City transit planners embarked on a redesign of the bus system more than a year ago. At the time, ridership was sliding and budgets weren't growing. The city hired a consultant and conducted extensive surveys and public workshops.

The result is a less circuitous system aimed at making it easier to catch a bus in the city's most populated areas and along major roads. Many routes have been transformed into a straight shot between two points instead of winding through neighborhood streets.

The new Anchorage bus system map, showing routes. (People Mover)

Smaller buses will travel to Eagle River and South Anchorage as "commuter routes."

Oct. 23 was set months ago as the date of the switch.

Find more information, including a ride guide, on the People Mover "Transit Talks" website.