Anchorage Assembly takes step toward commuter rail

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage Assembly has adopted a resolution supporting the creation of a regional transportation authority that would fund and administer a commuter rail link between Anchorage and the Mat-Su area.

The resolution also calls for the Assembly to seek money from Alaska's congressional delegation to pay for a pilot commuter rail program.

The possibility of such service has been talked about for years, and officials have determined that it would require substantial federal subsidies.

Advocates have been working toward establishing a regional transportation authority that would be used as a conduit for federal money.

Maryellen Oman, a founder of the Commuter Rail Advocacy Committee, said it is aiming to have a firm plan that can be presented to lawmakers by December.

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