The Municipality of Anchorage’s Public Transportation Department (PTD) requires viewpoint-neutral advertising.
Prohibited advertising includes: political, government action, public policy, international dispute, religious policy, tobacco, marijuana and marijuana products, alcohol, firearms, adult/mature rated films/television/video games, adult entrainment facilities or services, sexually oriented products or services, nudity/sexual/excretory subject matter, false/misleading/deceptive material, copyright/trademark/otherwise unlawful, illegal activity, profanity, violence, demeaning or disparaging, adverse to or disruptive of PTD, endorsement of PTD, PTD graphics and references, unsafe transit behavior, threatening harm and lights/noise/special effects.
It is important to clarify policy #14 prohibits claims of any type. Advertisers can advertise their services but can't speak for another agency or make claims from another agency or organization. Advertisers should also avoid messaging that puts PTD in the position of researching which statements are true and validating the data used to justify the statement. As an example, the message, “More people die of lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined” would not be approved. Even though this particular statistic may be easier to prove as factual it does not fall within the policy guidelines. The approved messaging could be, “Should you be screened for lung cancer?” or “We provide lung cancer screening.”
Additionally, there are prohibitions against any performance or exhibition that depicts:
Nudity as defined in Anchorage Municipal Code (AMC) section 8.50.010E.2. Sexual conduct as defined in AMC subsection 8.50.010E.3., Sexual excitement as defined in AMC subsection 8.50.010E.4., Indecent materials as defined in AMC subsection 8.50.020A.6., or Is harmful to minors as defined in AMC subsection 8.50.010E.5.
To review the full Anchorage Public Transportation Department’s Advertising Policy please visit the Municipality's website (linked here).
What does it cost?
There are always two types of costs associated with advertising on
People Mover. The first is the cost to print and install your signs,
which varies based on its size and whether you need help with the
design. The second cost is the cost to advertise - how long you want the
sign(s) up, how many vehicles it will appear on, and where it is
located on the vehicle.
The People Mover system includes 40' buses, 22' Neighborhood Buses
and AnchorRIDES vans. All three have exterior signage options. The 40'
buses also have interior signage.
How often do People Mover buses run?
Buses are on the road every day for long hours (approximate times are
Weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30pm, Saturdays from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30
p.m. & Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
How many People Mover buses are there?
There are (52) 40' People Mover buses and (9) 22' Neighborhood buses.
How many AnchorRIDES vans are there?
There are 45 AnchorRIDES vans.
How durable are bus signs?
The signs are extremely durable, holding up very well in all kinds of
weather, through daily washings, and over multiple years of use.
Can I re-use the signs?
Absolutely. The cost for sign production is really a one-time
investment, as we can store them for free and re-use them when you want
to purchase more placement time. There is a small re-installation fee of
What if I need the signs changed?
If there is only a small amount of information changing on your sign,
like a date for an annual event, we can provide a patch for just
$25/sign. In this case – save your money…there is no need to have new
How often are the buses washed?
Vehicles can get dirty throughout long days on the road, especially
during spring break-up. All buses and vans are washed daily, so your
message is crisp and clear each morning during those busy commute times.
Can I advertise on a specific route?
All buses travel all routes, so you can’t select a custom route for
your sign. However, since buses rotate consistently throughout the
system, you get maximum exposure for your message for the same cost.
How does the People Mover bus option differ from AnchorRIDES?
People Mover buses serve a large ridership on set routes, typically
on main road corridors. They offer driver side, curbside, rear and
interior placement options. AnchorRIDES vans offer driver side
placement, and are not on fixed routes, so you will see them on main
roads and throughout neighborhoods.
Who will see my ad?
Just about everyone! Most people either drive or ride on Anchorage
streets every day, and are bound to see any number of People Mover buses
and AnchorRIDES vans on their frequent routes. If you want to reach
riders specifically, interior and curb side placements are your best
How does this compare to other kinds of advertising?
We think of People Mover advertising as “moving billboards” that
reach everyone from Anchorage to Eagle River. It’s an excellent
promotional space for a city with no billboards or tall signs. People
Mover advertisements are eye-catching, and unlike messages in other
media, viewers can’t change channels or click away.
What’s the best placement for my sign?
We can recommend specific placement options to help meet your advertising goals. In general:
People Mover Driver Side – A prime spot. More people see this sign than other placements, due to the way traffic flows.
People Mover Curb Side – A location with great reach to a general audience, and also seen by bus riders and pedestrians.
People Mover Rear – Gets the most focused attention, or “dwell time,” from drivers behind buses.
People Mover Interior – Affordable interior signs
showcase your message to an audience ready for something colorful and
interesting to read. Your ad is placed on every one of the 52 buses.
Neighborhood Driverside - Primarily hits Northeast
Anchorage neighborhoods including Government Hill, Mountain View,
Fairview & Muldoon plus Downtown Anchorage.
AnchorRIDES Driver Side – A hidden gem for its value, this placement reaches people throughout town and into neighborhoods, and it is super affordable.
What about Bus Wraps?
The full wrap option is a bold way to give you maximum exposure
throughout town all year long. It’s all you, all the time! (Note there
is a one-year minimum).
There is also the option to have only the rear panel of the bus wrapped (1 year minimum).
When are signs installed?
Signs are installed on Sunday nights. The advertising week runs from Monday through Sunday.
How fast can you get my ad placed on a bus?
If we have your final artwork by a Monday or Tuesday, your signage
will roll out on the buses or AnchorRIDES vans the following Monday.
What are the design specifications?
Sizes and materials differ based on exterior/interior and which display you choose. You can download our specs.
Do you have design tips?
Generally, you want to remember the “less is more” concept, with big,
bold lettering and a basic message. When crafting your message and
design, keep in mind that signs can be re-used in the future.
Can I get help with design?
Sure! It’s easy, fast and affordable to add on design services so you
can get your message working for you right away. Just let us know and
we’ll help you out!
The Municipality of Anchorage shall not be held liable for vandalized
or otherwise damaged signs, which includes possible fading or erasure
of sign content due to handling, normal bus washing procedures and/or
road chemicals, or loss of signs that release after installation in bus