Area Commuter System (MACS) is the public bus transportation
system for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
Its purpose is "to
promote energy conservation, improve air quality, and reduce
traffic and parking congestion, particularly downtown."
We have put the route maps, with time schedules
provided by the borough, on our site.
THERE HAVE BEEN NEW UPDATES AND NEW ROUTES ADDED. UNTIL
WE ARE ABLE TO UPDATE THESE PAGES, YOU WILL WANT TO GO DIRECTLY TO THEIR
WEBSITE TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION.
Bus rides are priced lower in the winter, and UAF students
and faculty ride free. All monthly passes are valid only from the 1st of
one month to the last day of that month. The Fare Schedule is included below the route
maps. There are several routes, from downtown to outlying areas, including
major shopping centers and the University of Alaska. The main bus depot,
Transit Park, is bounded by 5th, 6th, and Cushman St. Schedules are also
available at bus stops, the Borough Building, and at the Visitor Center on
1st Ave. For more information,
call (907) 459-1011.
There is also
a service for the disabled or seniors 60 or over - anyone who has or
applies for a valid Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
identification card. Call 459-1324 for more information.
Here are their directions for riding the bus:
HOW TO RIDE THE BUS
First look at the bus route map to determine what bus
route you need to take and where that bus goes to. If the bus does not
go where you need to go, determine which bus will get you there and
where you can transfer from one bus to the other. For example, if you
want to travel from South Cushman to the University of Alaska, you
cannot get there by transferring from one bus to another. You would
first take the Purple Line to the Transit Center, then transfer to
either the Red Line or Blue Line to finish your trip.
Once you determine what routes you need to take,
determine what time the bus comes by a location closest to your
departure point. This can be determined by looking at the route
schedule. First look for a location on the route that is close to your
departure point. The locations can be seen across the Top of the
schedule. Then go down the column of times to find a time closest to the
time you want to travel. The bus will come around that time.
Make sure you have the correct fare for riding the bus.
Bus drivers do not make change. Go to the road closest to you where the
bus travels down and wait at a bus stop sign. Bus stop signs are usually
located 2 or 3 blocks apart. Try to be at the bus stop about 5 minutes
before the bus is scheduled to arrive.This might take some practice. The
bus may come a few minutes late depending on road conditions, traffic
If you have any questions about transferring buses or
where to get off the bus near your destination please ask the driver.
They will help make your trip as easy as possible.
Click on the link below to download a route map and schedule
in PDF format.. You may want to download a Fairbanks map from our download
site first. Route maps are from the borough transit page.
Map of entire bus
system (PDF) Note, route information may not be up-to-date. See
the borough's website for that.