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Online Bus Passes, Dog Licensing in Anchorage


Bus Passes Can Now be Purchased Online Make Riding Transit Easier Than Ever The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) Public Transportation Department is pleased to announce the new ePay online bus pass website. The ePay website will allow the purchase of People Mover bus passes and Ride Guides at www.muni.org.

In partnership with Official Payments Corporation (OPC), one of the country's leading ePayment gateways, patrons can now purchase bus passes online using a credit card. The contract funding will be covered by users who will pay a $2.50 convenience fee for each transaction up to $150.

"We're very excited to offer a service that allows riders to buy passes online," says Jody Karcz, Public Transportation Director. "We want to make riding the bus easy and convenient. Many riders find it difficult to get to the transit center during business hours; ePay will allow people to buy passes when it's convenient for them, in their own home."

Bus passes may still be purchased at the Downtown and Dimond Transit Centers, all municipal libraries and other sales outlet locations.

In 2009, People Mover launched a new web application, Bus Tracker, accessible at http://bustracker.muni.org/. Using automated vehicle location and GPS technology, riders can track their bus along its route and obtain the estimated time the bus will arrive at specific stops. In addition, real-time signs installed at four transit centers and a busy Providence Drive bus stop, provide passengers with the estimated time of arrival of all the routes that service those stops.

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Municipality Launches Online Dog Licensing Online service launched simultaneously with a new Public Service Announcement promoting pet licensing and identification 5/26/2010 | Contact: Brooke Taylor (907) 343-8138
Mayor's Office

Online dog licensing is now available in Anchorage. The Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center (AACCC) has added a new web system where dog owners can purchase new or renew existing licenses for their pets via the internet. According to municipal code, all dogs over the age of four months are to be properly licensed. The web address is www.muni.org/animal.

"We are thrilled that this important service is now available online to Anchorage dog owners, " said Myra Wilson DVM, Manager of the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center. " We see many dogs come through the Center that have clearly been cared for, but arrive here with no identification and no way to return them to their owner."

"Having licensing available online will make it easier for families to keep their dogs up to date," said Diane Ingle, Director of the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services. "Licensing your dog is not only the law, but can be the key to reuniting you with your pet if he or she is lost. Licensed dogs have other benefits such as allowing AACCC to safely hold the pet longer at AACCC should it be found by an Animal Care and Control Officer and it ensures that the animal will receive appropriate attention for obvious medical concerns."

In order to use the online service, dog owners will need a current rabies vaccination certificate, a spay/neuter certificate if applicable and a credit card. Once the dog license is processed, it will be mailed to the pet owner's home in approximately two weeks. Dog licenses may be purchased for one, two, or three years. A license is only valid if the dog's rabies vaccination is current. In addition to online, dog licenses can also be purchased by mail, in person at the Municipal Animal Care and Control Center at 4711 Elmore Road, or through many veterinary clinics.

Owners of four or more dogs are required to obtain a multi-animal facility license. More information on facility licensing is available on the Animal Care and Control website www.muni.org/animal.

Along with on-line dog licensing, AACCC has launched the second of two public services announcements in partnership with Friends of Pets and local film company, SprocketHeads. Both PSAs were recently voted top submission to the Innovation Station at the Humane Society of the United States annual Animal Care Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. The second humorous ad, titled "Bling", was unveiled at the Mayor's weekly press briefing today.

For more information regarding online pet licensing, please call Animal Care and Control customer service at 343-8122.

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