Please help the RIDE by completing this survey
Hello, the RIDE public transit (blue fixed-route bus) and paratransit (white Care-A-Van bus) customers. We are updating the five-year Sitka public transit-human services transportation coordinated plan and we need your feedback. Please complete this short survey to help us better serve you, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/theRIDESurvey2019. To encourage more participation, we will randomly select one person to win a $100 gift card and two people to win $50 gift cards from Sea Mart (must live or work in Sitka to qualify, only one survey per person). Signing your name to the survey is optional, but if you want to be eligible for one of the gift cards you will need to submit your name and contact info. Thanks for filling out the survey. For more information about the RIDE, go to http://www.ridesitka.com or check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RideSitka. Please complete this survey before Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Thanks.
New Care-A-Van paratransit bus hits the road
Bob Geiger, a driver for Swan Lake Senior Center’s Care-A-Van paratransit service, receives the key to a new 2019 bus for the service for elders and persons from disabilities, from Connie Sipe, Transit Manager at Center for Community. Center for Community received the State grant to pay for 80 percent of the bus, and the City and borough of Sitka and Catholic Community Services each contributed half of the 20 percent match needed to buy the bus.
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