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People Mover prepares for major changes to bus system

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( KTUU - TV ) Video: People Mover prepares for major changes to bus system
( KTUU - TV ) Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:01:12 +0000 People Mover prepares for major changes to bus system ( KTUU - TV ) KTUU today the public got an early look at people mover's new bus routes and schedules which are set to take effect in exactly one month. channel 2's cameron mackintosh spoke with the public transportation department, and cameron what can we expect from the new bus sytem? victoria, people mover says this is the biggest change to anchorage's bus system in about 20 years, and while every single bus route is being changed, some are being eliminated altogether. y'all need a bag right? is there a new schedule in there? yes there is a new schedule. great! as people mover prepares to launch its new bus system, long waits at the bus stop could become a thing of the past. so every route is changing but the major change is how often the bus is coming. so buses are going to be arriving at bus stops every 15 minutes. right now they arrive about every 60 minutes. people mover says the new system focuses on the more populated parts of town and eliminates routes that weren't as frequently used..such as route 36 servicing west anchorage. the plan comes after thousands of public comments submitted over the last year and a half. we started having public conversations on trade-offs basically what's more important for you? do you want to get to your destination faster or do you want to have less of a walk? so we started there. people said they were willing to walk a little bit more for more frequent service. some alaskans might feel the brakes are put on their daily commute...because the change could make some parts of town harder to reach by bus. for example, route 60 between old seward and huffman will become a commuter bus, operating only during rush hour. you would have to go all the way over there in the morning and wait for the next bus all the way at night just to get home. still, people mover says the feedback from the public has so far been mostly positive. if you need to make a change or try to get somewhere, if you miss the most recent bus you shouldn't have any longer than a maximum of 15 minutes to wait and that's not too bad. the public transportation department says its confident new routes will improve the way many anchorage residents get from a... to b....but the first few weeks will still be a test drive on the new routes. people mover said changes to the bus routes are also a product of its declining ridership, which has gone down about 18 percent since 2010. the new bus system is scheduled to begin on october 23rd. victoria? a

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