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People Mover bus service to provide free rides, limits rider capacity to 9

In response to the health emergency surrounding COVID-19, People Mover bus service and paratransit service AnchorRides is providing rides for free. But it’s also limiting each bus to nine riders at a time.

According to a news release on its website, the services are also encouraging riders to only take essential trips.

People Mover – an Anchorage-based public transportation agency – operates buses within Anchorage city limits and also provides service to Eagle River.

Posters on the bus provide information to riders on reducing the risk of spreading coronavirus – including tips for social distancing and preventative measures recommended by Anchorage Health Department.

Unless you need assistance boarding, People Mover asks that riders enter through the back door — and to keep 6 feet between yourself, the driver, and other passengers, whenever possible.

Cleaning crews will sanitize frequently touched areas – such as seat backs, handrails and pull cords.

The Downtown Transit Center lobby and Customer Service windows are also closed until further notice.

The Rideline will still be staffed 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number for Rideline is 907-343-6543.

Riders can subscribe to Nixle updates by texting PEOPLEMOVER – all one word -- to 888-777.

Originally from the Midwest, Tripp Crouse (Ojibwe, a descendent of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, pronouns: they/them) has 15-plus years in print, web and radio journalism. Tripp first moved to Alaska in 2016 to work with KTOO Public Media in Juneau. And later moved to Anchorage in 2018 to work with KNBA and Koahnic Broadcast Corporation.
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