Hospital Drive Reconstruction Project starts Friday, April 16

April 14, 2021

Hospital Drive Reconstruction Project starts Friday, April 16

Construction for the City and Borough of Juneau’s Hospital Drive Reconstruction project will begin on April 16 and end around June 15. The project involves installing a new water line in the area. During construction, drivers, bus riders, and pedestrians will experience the following traffic changes:

  • Hospital Drive will be closed from Salmon Creek Lane to Hospital Access Road. Emergency vehicles, visitors, and employees will have to travel on Salmon Creek Lane to arrive at their destination.
  • The Capital Transit bus stop at Bartlett Regional Hospital will be temporarily moved to the parking lot across from the Juneau Medical Center. Capital Transit will conduct bus service for the hospital campus by traveling on Salmon Creek Lane and turning around on Hospital Access Road. The new bus route will continue throughout the duration of this phase of construction.
  • Pedestrian access will be provided on Hospital Drive for as much of the construction project as possible.

For more information on the project, contact CBJ Project Manager John Nelson at 957-2187 or, or Justin Kanouse with DOWL at 723-9701 or For more information on Capital Transit, call 789-6901.

Capital Transit unveils first all-electric, zero-emission bus.

April 8, 2021

Capital Transit unveils first all-electric, zero-emission bus
Bus will be in service starting April 14

Juneau residents will begin to see Capital Transit’s first battery-electric bus in service and on the road April 14. This is the first electric bus owned and operated by a public transit agency in Alaska.

“The City and Borough of Juneau is committed to bringing clean, safe, and reliable public transportation to its ridership and the community,” Public Works and Engineering Director Katie Koester said. “Capital Transit drivers and mechanics have been retraining to operate and maintain the new 40-foot long bus and to learn the nuances of its integrated battery management system. We have eliminated oil changes.”

Capital Transit unveiled the bus, manufactured in California by Proterra, during an event earlier today. Juneau Mayor Beth Weldon hosted the dedication ceremony of the first battery-electric bus to join Capital Transit’s fleet. Guests included Governor Mike Dunleavy, State Senator Jesse Kiehl, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Commissioner John MacKinnon, and Proterra representative Mark Hollenbeck.

The new bus will be servicing the Mendenhall Express route, which travels via Glacier Highway between the Downtown Transit Center and the Mendenhall Mall, which is the location of Capital Transit’s future transfer site.

Original funding for the electric bus came from the U.S Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Low-or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant Program. The program provides funding for state and local governmental authorities to purchase or lease zero-emission and low-emission transit buses. Funding was passed through DOT&PF and a matching grant was provided by the Alaska Energy Authority under the Volkswagen Settlement fund. Capital Transit already uses three electric cars as support vehicles, purchased through grant funding from DOT&PF.

The CBJ Assembly has set a goal of 80 percent renewable energy by 2045. The bus is another step toward that goal and, with the help of many supporters, Capital Transit has been successful in being awarded Low- and No-Emission grants for four consecutive years. CBJ plans to use those funds to replace seven 201 diesel buses that are at the end of their useful life.


For more information, contact Capital Transit’s Denise Guizio at 907-789-6901 or