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Destination UMED is a study to develop a phased and actionable toolkit for district stakeholders to improve travel to, from, and within the Anchorage University Medical District, or UMED.

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Do you live, work or travel in the University Medical District in Anchorage?
We appreciate your participation:

Join us for Community Open House #3

June 13th, 2023 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

at the MOA Permit Center First Floor Training Room

 4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage 99507

Join AMATS and the Destination UMED team for our third and final open house. The Draft UMED Transportation Demand Management Study, including recommendations and prioritized implementation strategies, will be ready for your feedback. 


Can't make the meeting? The Draft Study will be posted here for your review and comment on or before June 13th. 

Accessible by People Mover Route 25,

Free bike and vehicle parking available

What is Destination UMED?

Destination UMED is a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) study that will explore projects, policies, and programs to reduce traffic congestion, improve mobility choices, enhance equitable access to district destinations, and support the next decade of UMED growth and economic development.

Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) is managing the study in collaboration with district stakeholders. An advisory committee, representing a wide cross-section of UMED stakeholders, will provide guidance and input throughout the study.

Click here to download the Project Fact Sheet.

Why is Destination UMED being done?

As home to some of the biggest institutions in Anchorage, UMED provides a robust mix of employment, medical, housing, education, retail, and recreational opportunities. It is a crucial regional hub that continues to evolve from its unique past while it looks to future growth and opportunity.

The 2016 UMED District Plan recognized that to reach its vision in a sustainable way, UMED must take proactive steps to improve access to the district, reduce vehicle trips, and mitigate traffic congestion. A priority recommendation of the 2016 UMED Plan was to fund a transportation demand management study (TDM) to "...determine options for reducing single-occupant vehicle travel into the District." 

Destination UMED is the implementation of this priority recommendation from the UMED community.

What Why

What is Transportation Demand Management (TDM)?

The primary goal of TDM is to provide more transportation options, give people choices to get where they need to go, and make it possible to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips over time.

TDM includes a combination of transportation services and amenities, parking management, multimodal subsidies, and education to help people walk, bike, take transit, and share rides when they travel to and from UMED.

Click here to learn more about TDM 101 & Best Practices.

Other communities who have invested in TDM and other transportation options have been able to:

What is the Study Area?

The UMED area is bound by Lake Otis Parkway, Baxter Road, East Northern Lights Boulevard and East Tudor Road.

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Schedule & Community Involvement

The study began in April 2022 and is to be completed over approximately 14 months. There are several key milestones for public input. 


Community Workshop #1

Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library

The workshop reviewed key findings to date; shared best practices for District-based transportation programs, policies, and infrastructure; and collected feedback on potential strategies applicable to UMED.

Community Workshop #2

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 via Zoom

The workshop shared project updates and presented draft strategies for improving travel in UMED for input.

Join us at Community Open House #3

Tuesday, June 13th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the MOA Permit Center (4700 Elmore)

The Draft UMED Transportation Demand Management Study, including recommendations and prioritized implementation strategies, will be available for your feedback. 

Destination UMED is guided by an advisory committee and will seek input from a diverse set of stakeholders to build community consensus and secure buy-in. Opportunities for community input will include:

  • Travel Survey (complete!)

  • Stakeholder Interviews

  • Community Workshops

  • Public Comment on Project Documents

More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

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