With less money available amid an ongoing state fiscal crisis, the various agencies providing low-cost transportation across the Kenai Peninsula are working to make the most of the funding out there.
The Kenai Peninsula’s sole public transit system is operated by a nonprofit — the Central Area Rural Transit System, or CARTS.
The agency receives most of its funding from the federal government via the state and charges a fee for riders based on zones in the central Kenai Peninsula area.
However, a number of other agencies provide transportation through a patchwork of vans and vouchers, including the central peninsula’s four senior centers, the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and Peninsula Community Health Services. As demand has grown, so has competition for funds from the state and local governments.