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

Mar 19, 2020

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.