Tag: ferry service
The Alaska Department of Transportation has released a draft winter schedule for the Alaska Marine Highway System with long gaps in service to coastal communities across the state.
The cash-strapped Alaska Marine Highway System plans to tie up its flagship ferry to save money. State transportation officials confirm that the M/V Columbia will not sail past Sept 4th.
Alaska’s cash-strapped ferry system may soon pay the wages of Canadian police in order to maintain its connection to British Columbia. The arrangement is in response to a demand by U.S. customs agents for armed back up.
As the Alaska Marine Highway System faces deep budget cuts, Skagway’s Marine Highway Ad Hoc Committee has been examining the potential to create a locally governed ferry service for the Upper Lynn Canal.
The Dunleavy administration is considering a new Juneau ferry terminal 30 miles north of the existing one to accommodate the short-range of the new Alaska-class ferries. It’s part of the plan to ensure day boats can connect Juneau with Haines and Skagway.
A state contract worth up to $250,000 to study the future of Alaska’s ferries is on hold.
This comes as the Dunleavy administration decided to offer more time — and a lot more money — for a new study to recommend ways to reduce or eliminate the state’s subsidy for the Alaska Marine Highway System.
A long procession of Alaskans signed up to testify Tuesday over the future of the state’s ferry system.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget director Donna Arduin says the administration is looking at privatization options for the state-run ferry system. That’s on top of a proposed budget that would cut 75 percent of the struggling ferry system’s budget.
Lawmakers in the Alaska House of Representatives called an informal hearing on the state of the state’s ferry system.
The Alaska Marine Highway System announced more changes to the Alaska Class Ferry rollout this week, but the summer schedule is still uncertain. A spokesperson says the new plan will get Alaska Class Ferries in service sooner and save money.
An additional $30 million is needed before the Hubbard and Tazlina ferries can start sailing, the Anchorage Daily News reports.
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