AMC’s Recommendations to Support Community Transportation
The Alaska Mobility Coalition (AMC) is a private, non-profit membership organization that represents and advocates for public and community transportation in Alaska. We have 50 members across the state from Bethel to Prince of Wales Island. Our members provide over seven million rides annually for Alaskans to get to work, school and medical appointments, for more information, please check out our website at www.alaskamobility.org.
Support state match for public and community transportation in Alaska – Building on the success from previous legislation, the AMC will continue to advocate for a partnership between the State of Alaska and public and community transportation providers. In the past legislative sessions, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities was awarded $1,000,000 to use as state match for public and community transportation providers across the state. For every $1 million provided in this state match an additional $3-4 million dollars is brought into the state.
We strongly believe that $1 million is not enough to meet the growing demand for public and community transportation in Alaska and support an increase to $3-5 million in following legislative sessions.
Support Alaska Transportation Trust Fund – Public transportation plays a key role in the economic vitality of a state and a crucial role in the well-being of its citizens. We must be planning for the future and guaranteeing the public transportation systems have a secure future to continue supporting their communities. We believe the future of public transportation can be secured through the creation of a dedicated funding source in the State of Alaska annual budget. Alaska is one of only a few states that provides little or no formula funding for public transportation. These funds could provide access to millions more in Federal funding currently available.