UAF to end MAC bus transit partnership due to budget concerns

As of Aug. 1st University of Alaska Fairbanks students will no longer be able to get free bus rides on the MAC Bus Transit. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska University of Alaska Fairbanks students will no longer be able to get free bus rides on the MAC Bus Transit. The Associated Students of UAF sent out an email today informing students that effective August 1, 2019, they will no longer be able to use their polar express cards to ride the bus for free.

ASUAF said the university's budget uncertainty lead to this decision. The email said, "the distortion of accurate data regarding student utilization as well as the inability to afford the contract with the Borough led the group to decide that we could not renew the contract."

The email said that students may still purchase a monthly pass for $40 and reduced passes are available for youth 6-18, people with Medicare or Medicaid cards, active military and dependents, and individuals with qualifying disabilities.

The university will be expanding their shuttle services in the fall to provide transportation services into the Fairbanks community for students.

The move comes after UAF changed their rules so that freshmen students are required to live on campus for their first year.

We reached out to the borough for comment but have not heard back at this time.