Tag: ferry service
Wrangell, once a town full of Dunleavy supporters, has many questions for the governor about ferry cut
The governor was planning a trip to Southeast town of Wrangell this week, but canceled because of weather. The town overwhelmingly voted the Republican official into office, but as the community readied for a visit, many wanted to make clear to Mike Dunleavy that they believe in ferries.
The governor’s chief of staff Ben Stevens says the executive is asking the Legislature for extra money to continue work on Alaska Marine Highway System ferries currently out of service for upgrades and repairs.
The state is seeking to fill gaps in Southeast Alaska ferry service using a private charter company. It’s given potential operators less than 24 hours to answer its Monday call for interest.
When the last of the Alaska Marine Highway System mainliners broke down in Juneau last weekend, the state chartered a pair of private catamarans to get most of the Matanuska’s passengers to their destinations. But more than two dozen people with cars and trucks remain stranded.
Pelican and Tenakee Springs residents saw their fears come true last week in the form of the state’s proposed summer ferry schedule — a schedule that calls for zero summer sailings to the two remote island communities in Southeast Alaska.
Gov. Dunleavy has floated the idea of privatizing the system, but a report that's been under wraps for months concludes it doesn't make sense.
Some teams are spending more money to fly to their away games. The higher price tag means fewer students can go.
The ferry won't return to Kodiak until April.
Only four of the 11 state-owned ferries are currently in service, and the limited sailing schedule not only affects passengers but ferry employees as well.
In many Alaska coastal communities, ferry service is more than just a transportation link. It can also be a form of survival.
The Alaska Marine Highway System says the LeConte won’t return to service until May 15, which means some Southeast Alaska communities will go around seven months without a ferry connection.
The City of Angoon is looking into hiring private marine transportation to shuttle residents to and from Juneau.
The Malaspina was built in 1963 and is part of the original fleet of mainline ferries. Its final voyage is scheduled for Dec. 2.
The Alaska Marine Highway System restored ferry service Friday to some of the communities that had service slashed earlier this month. The ferry Tazlina will be brought back online to make up for previously canceled sailings.
As the partial ferry shutdown enters its second week in Southeast Alaska, small communities are trying to find alternative means of bringing groceries and other essentials to their residents.
Several communities in Southeast Alaska lost ferry service this winter when the Alaska Marine Highway System docked the M/V Leconte for expensive repairs. Now some in the region are pushing the state to deploy the M/V Tazlina to make up for the reduced sailings.
While the study focuses on governance and management of a local ferry authority, there are numerous other questions about how to create a ferry service. For example, where would they get the ships?
Some 999 passengers with 526 vehicles were affected by the Alaska Marine Highway System’s recent abrupt cancellation of ferry service across much of Southeast.
Alaska ferry LeConte repairs delayed; long gaps in winter service possible for rural Southeast Alaska
Critics said the state should’ve planned ahead and applied for more federal funds for ferry overhauls.
The 56-year-old Alaska Marine Highway System vessel will be stored in Ketchikan this January, according to the Department of Transportation.