Thursday, May 23, 2013
AnchorRIDES Gets 10 New Vehicles
The 10 new vehicles were made possible with grants from The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and the Federal Transit Administration. Last year, AnchorRIDES provided 188,804 one-way trips for their clients.
A partnership between the Municipality of Anchorage and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority means residents who need safe rides will now have them in newer, high-tech vehicles.
The new vehicles were purchased with money from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and a grant from the Federal Transit Authority. Together, they will replace older buses in the fleet that are old and run down.
And, for the thousands of Alaskans who rely on AnchorRides to get to work, doctor's appointments and the store, it’s much-welcomed news.
“This is a really important piece of allowing our beneficiaries of the Trust to be able to get the rides they need and be engaged in the community,” said Bill Herman of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.
The older AnchorRides vehicles will first be offered to local social service organizations and the rest will be sold at a municipal auction.