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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2001

CARTS director elected president

Kristin Lambert, executive director of Central Area Rural Transit System Inc., has been elected president of the Alaska Community Transportation Association and the Alaska Department of Transportation Trans Tech Conference held in Anchorage at the Captain Cook Hotel Oct. 22 through 24. The conference included transit systems throughout the state, in conjunction with state highways and DOT staff, and many experts from throughout the nation. During the conference, ACTA met and held elections.

ACTA will work this year on networking membership form all areas of Alaska. It was the first year that highways and transit joined their conferences to share information.

Many sessions were devoted to new developments in science of traffic control, animal avoidance, seat belt safety, community development and coordinated services.

Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer was the keynote speaker Tuesday and spoke about CARTS as an example of how these new transit systems are building communities and changing lives in Alaska.

The Alaska Mobility Coalition was also formed at the conference. The coalition will represent all facets of communities: the Governor's Council on Disabilities, Alaska Mental Health Trust, Alaska Commission on Aging, Disability Law Center, Alaska Native Foundation, Division of Medial Assistance, large transit services and the state association representing other communities.

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