FY2011 Legislative Priorities
Transportation Operating Funds
What: Transportation Operating Funds refers to a recommendation that will increase available funds for community transportation systems by $100,000 statewide. Alaska is one of only two states in the United States that does not have a state-funded community transportation system.
Why: Funds come from federal grants, local governments, service fees and fare-box collections, but these do not amount to enough to offset the rising costs of inflation and the high costs of fuel. As such, despite the low-income status of many individuals who utilize community transportation, fares are increasing to levels that many using a community transportation system cannot afford and service is being forced to change to less efficient and frequent routes and times. This GF/MH grant will help lessen the strain of operating costs on the community transportation systems in the state of Alaska in order to make systems more efficient and more available for riders of any income. This recommendation also requires local communities to match the grant by 10%, an amount that will be capped at $10,000.