REAP monthly forum – The Future of Commuter Rail 

05_2009 DMU along turnagain_horiz_loresA big thankyou to Bruce Carr, Director of  Strategic Planning for the Alaska Railroad, who gave an excellent and engaging update on plans for commuter rail service between Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough. Progress has been made on commuter rail, but there is still much work to do, including getting a Regional Transit Authority established, which the currently proposed Senate Bill 152 seeks to do.

Bruce made several interesting points, including noting that while commuter rail will need to subsidized, the alternative – our road system – is also heavily subsidized with the federal government paying 90 percent of the cost of roads like the Glenn Highway. He also noted commuter rail has a long history in Anchorage dating back to 1979 and talk then of installing light rail along C Street and on Northern Lights Boulevard. Imagine where we would be now if we had put in such service, he said.

If you weren’t able to make the forum, you can look at at Bruce’s PowerPoint by clicking here.

We hope to catch you next month, Dec. 9 at the Anchorage Museum, when Jim Strandberg of the Alaska Energy Authority, will present an udpate on the state’s Regional Integrated Resource Plan.

For more information, contact REAP at 929-7770 or

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