The ‘Local’ Look Back…
Spanning January, 1981 to December, 2000, the Local News was a FVCS-created monthly reaching Bird Creek, Indian, Portage and Girdwood bearing news of note as penned by residents, themselves.
Advocates declared the Local News “the essence of what community education is all about” and the Gazette is proud to keep its tradition alive in its ‘Local’ look back.
Turnagain transit and transportation safety were on the minds of Local News readers when, in Volume 13, Number 3, talk of commuter rail service connecting Anchorage and the Arm was the focus of the following 1993 survey.
“Q: Per-household, per-person, how many round trips are made on Seward HWY each week?”
“A: Trips per-week among respondents averaged five.”
“Q: Which times of day would the average household use the train?”
“A: From the Arm, most popular departure time slots were 6 to 8am (mid-week) and 9 to 10am (weekend) while majority of respondents felt approx. 6pm (daily) best for returns from ANC.”
“Q: Reasonable round ticket price from Girdwood to ANC?”
“A: Responses ranged between $7 to $10 dollars with majority response indicating willingness to pay $10.”
Chief Tallier, Diane Bahnson expressed optimism at survey results, encouraging interested public to initiate further commuter train dialog at the GBOS level.