Borough MACS Transit System reduces operating hours for Orange, Grey Lines

Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 4:11 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Starting Monday, January 3, two bus lines in the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s MACS Transit System are reducing their hours of operation.

The Grey and Orange Lines will each see a five-hour gap in service, with the Grey Line out from 9:45a .m. to 2:45 p.m., and the Orange Line ceasing operations from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Grey Line runs from Fred Meyer East to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Wood Center along Farmer’s Loop Road.

The Orange Line goes from the Transit Center to Fred Meyer West, traveling along Davis, Van Horn, 30th Avenue and Lathrop Street, among other roads.

According to Borough Transportation Director Michelle Denton, the reduction is due to a driver shortage in the borough. “We’ve been experiencing staffing shortages since the beginning of COVID, and we’ve gotten to a point where we just simply do not have enough drivers to operate all of our routes at this time.”

She also warned that some of the spots visited by the two lines aren’t available via other routes. “The challenge there is, those lines operate in very specific neighborhoods where we don’t have overlap, so my best suggestion would be to try to look at your own personal schedule and see if maybe you could utilize those lines at different times of the day, when we are operating them.”

Denton explained that the two lines were chosen for reduction because they have the fewest number of riders.

The mid-day Grey and Orange Line closures will be in effect until further notice.

More information about the MACS Transit routes can be found here.

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