Thursday, October 30, 2008

Highway to Highway Project public input continues

Channel 2 just did a brief story on the DOT's planned Highway to Highway Project connecting the Seward and the Glenn. There's really no new information offered in this report, rather Channel 2 interviews the project manager for the Highway to Highway about what is being done as well interviewing a former transportation commissioner for the city who of course among many others has concerns about the projects potential negative impacts.

Watch the video

Also of interest:
Anchorage Citizens Coalition on the H2H Project

Official H2H Project website

Monday, October 27, 2008

Project in Profile: VA Clinic and Regional Office

The Department of Veterans Affairs is overseeing construction of a new building that will house a clinic for outpatient service along with regional offices. The site is across the street from the new Tikahtnu Commons right before the Fort Richardson gates. Sorry about the poor quality of the second picture, but god was it bitterly cold that morning. I had to snap a picture while driving just to stay warm and cozy in my little car. Anyways as you can see, it's going to be a huge place:

New People Mover buses roll out

The Alaska Journal of Commerce is reporting on its weekly paper today that the Anchorage People Mover now has 18 new buses on city streets. I personally don't know the make of the current buses, but the new ones are from New Flyer. A look at their website reveals some interesting sleek designs, but I also see some that look exactly like our current regular and DART buses. I guess I'll have to wait and see if any unusual looking People Mover rolls by in the coming days. Either that, or the new buses will be exactly identical to the ones in use since the 90's (hopefully not!). From the Alaska Journal article:

"Each 2008 New Flyer bus is equipped with automatic vehicle locators, passenger counters and computer-aided dispatching. Additional features include larger bike racks to hold three bicycles and a video camera system to enhance passenger safety and security".

Extra: Want to ride the People Mover, but don't know the schedule or map? Click Route Generator

As for the old buses, what will happen to them? Maybe they'll join this flickr pool.