ACE supports a wider variety of transit options for Alaskans. Find out how you can get involved.
The way we shape our transit systems in Alaska often defines the way we'll use our land in years to come.
ACE promotes sensible transit systems in Alaska that encourage residents to walk, bike, and rideshare more. Not only is this healthier for individuals, but it cuts down on fossil fuel consumption - saving residents money on gas, and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Additionally, getting out of the car and outside can make commuting much more fun and encourage people to interact more with their surroundings and other people.
There are many hurdles to maintaining a viable smart transit system in Anchorage, but ACE advocates strongly for plans to overcome these barriers. Anchorage already has assets such as its extensive trails system, committed and smart transportation activists, and hardy outdoorspeople commuting to work year round demonstrating what can be done. Of course, no one option is the only way to go (we know, it's not everyone's cup of tea to bike to work in Alaskan winter temperatures) so we support several complimentary transit alternatives.
The People Mover is Anchorage's bus system. Check out the People Mover website for maps, fares, and schedules. Yes, you can bring your bike - pull down the rack on the front of the bus, set down your wheels, and hop on the bus. ACE will keep you updated on how you can support improved and increased public transit options in Anchorage - sign up for our e-weekly, and check back to our news page for updates.
Thousands of Alaskans ride their bicycles to the work daily, even in in the winter! And thanks to the hard work of our friends at Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage, we now have the Anchorage Bicycle Plan to help improve and connect our bike routes around the city.
Safer Streets in Spenard
Midtown Anchorage is home to a growing business district with the Bearstooth, REI, Middleway Cafe, Title Wave Books, the Taproot and many other thriving businesses. But if you've ever tried to bike or walk around Spenard to get to or from these businesses, you probably know that the streets in the Spenard are not the easiest to bike or walk on - especially in the winter. Find out you can help.
Solutions for Commuters on the Glenn Highway
There are many solutions to help relieve the tremendous congestion on the Glenn Highway between Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. A Regional Transit Authority is one important step that would allow municipalities and boroughs to formally work together (and apply for federal funding) to create new transportation infrastructure, like a commuter rail between Anchorage and the Mat-Su. For more information on the RTA and what you can do, check out the Alaska Conservation Alliance website.
Alaska Transportation Priorities is a local nonprofit dedicated to advocating for sensible transportation spending in Alaska - check out their website for detailed information on transit issues statewide.
Anchorage Citizens Coalition advocates for smart land use planning and transit.
Alaska Mobility Coalition strives to 'achieve mobility through community appropriate transportation services.'
Walk Score is a simple tool that helps you identify the assets in your neighborhood that make a community "walkable." Just plug in your address and find out how your neighborhood compares to the rest of Anchorage.