Mat-Su Community Transit, also known as MASCOT is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization that Provides Public Transportation. We are part of a network of nonprofit organizations working together to meet the growing need for Public Transportation in the Mat-Su Borough.
FUNDING / SUPPORT
MASCOT is primarily funded through Federal, State and Local Grants – all most all of which require a certain percentage of matching fund such as private donations, local government contributions and advertising revenue.
The major portion of our funding comes from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grants that are administered through the Alaska Community Transit Office located within the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.
MASCOT is currently brought to you by:
- Federal Transit Administration Grants
(FTA Sections 5310, 5311, 5316, 5317 and the Rural Technical Assistance Program – RTAP)
- State of Alaska – General Fund Transit Match
- State of Alaska – Department of Health & Social Services Grant
- Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA)
- City of Wasilla
- Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF)
- Alaska Mobility Coalition (AMC)
- Mat-Su Borough
In 1995, a study was conceived that began in 1996 called “Project Getting There” – the purpose of which was to develop strategies for consolidating transportation in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB).
This study was sponsored by United Way of Mat-Su, and conducted through funding from the Alaska State Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (SOA DOT&PF), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Rural Passenger Transportation Assistance Program, administered by the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA).
This study identified two components to address the consolidation of transportation in the MSB:
1) Commuter service between the Mat-Su Valley and downtown Anchorage
2) “Checkpoint” Service within the Palmer-Wasilla Corridor
MASCOT was incorporated in March of 1999. On March 3, 1999, Mat-Su Community Transit was formed as a private, non-profit corporation for the following purpose:
- Improving access and mobility within our community,
- Promoting independence and empowerment,
- Maximizing quality of life for everyone,
- Increasing cohesion, communication and cooperation,
- Consolidation resources to reduce cost and improve efficiencies, and
- Promote environmental quality in transportation
The original Board of Directors included three members:
- Stacie Stigar
- Tim Anderson
- John Cannon