News Updates

Public comment period open for draft 2020-2025 Sitka Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Coordinated Plan

 
The draft of the Five-Year Sitka Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Coordinated Plan, July 2020 to June 2025, is now available for public comment. The draft is posted online at this site (click this link, http://ridesitka.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/SitkaPublicTransitHumanServicesTransportationCoordinatedPlan202525.pdf) and a hard copy will be available for review at the Center for Community office (700 B Katlian Street) and at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Transportation Department (465 Katlian Street, second floor) starting Monday, Sept. 9. People can request a copy by email from Connie Sipe at csipe@cfc.org.
 
The plan will be up for adoption by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska tribal council’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi. Public comment also will be taken at this time. All submitted public comment must be in hand by Monday, Sept. 16, and can be sent by email to csipe@cfc.org or gerry.hope@sitkatribe-nsn.gov, or submitted by phone to (907) 966-4232. Those comments received by Sept. 16 will be presented to the STA tribal council meeting before the adoption of the plan.

 

Find the RIDE on Apple Maps

Did you know you can now find the RIDE on Apple Maps? You can find schedules and route maps for the RIDE on Apple Maps. We’re helping keep you connected to public transit in Sitka.

Please keep bus loading zones and bus stops clear

In recent weeks there have been several drivers parking in the bus loading zone in the Crescent Harbor parking lot or at marked bus stops downtown. Please don’t do this, especially since the safety of our riders depends on us pulling the buses into these marked spots so riders can safely board or get off the buses. The Sitka Police Department does ticket vehicles parked in bus-loading zones/bus stops, as you can see in the photos from Crescent Harbor. There were at least seven vehicles ticketed the morning of Aug. 16, 2018.

At Crescent Harbor, the entire row of parking spaces next to Harbor Drive is designated as a bus loading zone from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on week days. Even one car next to the bathrooms can force our buses out into the driving lane. The only time you are allowed to park there is on weekends and holidays.

We also have several people parking in marked bus stops in front of the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi on Katlian Street or the framing shop on Lincoln Street. These spots are for buses only (not charter fishing vans). We need to get our bus completely out of the driving lane to pick up passengers, and it’s unsafe for our drivers to have to unload riders from the middle of the street.

Your help keeping these bus stops clear is greatly appreciated.

Please check our Facebook page for route updates

We don’t like it, but sometimes a bus breaks down, we get snow, or there is a construction project on one of our routes that impacts our schedule. Please watch our Facebook page for route updates. If there is a weather schedule/route change, it will be announced on our local radio stations before it shows up on Facebook or the website, or you can call the RIDE at 747-7103 for more details.

Find the RIDE on Google Maps

Want to know how long it takes to get from the ferry terminal to Whale Park with the RIDE? It takes 55 minutes, according to a search on Google Maps, http://goo.gl/nkjvzE. To enter a query, go to https://www.google.com/maps (or use the Google Maps app on your cellphone). In the upper left corner of the screen will be a blue diamond that says “Directions” when you click on it. After you click on it, look for the bus icon (third from the left, between the car and the walker) and click it. Then type where you are and where you need to go in the two lines beneath it. Easy peasy