Alaska Marine Highway System seeks public comment on operations

Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 4:45 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Through August 31, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is seeking public comment on the operation of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

The Marine Highway ferries passengers along Alaska’s coastal waters from the Aleutians to the Southeast, and south to Washington State.

The system’s operations include schedules, stops and frequency. The ongoing public comment period will cover operations from May through September of next year.

Both military and tourism travelers use the ferries to access interior Alaska by way of the cross-gulf route to Southcentral Alaska.

Sam Dapcevich, Public Information Officer for the Alaska Marine Highway System, said, “It’s another avenue for people to get to interior Alaska. Obviously, typically the Alaska Highway is available for people to drive through; but during this pandemic, we had the situation where a lot of people couldn’t drive through so the ferry became an alternative. The cross-gulf travel that we offer... demand, I believe, went up quite a bit.”

According to a press release, once the schedule for summer 2022 is finalized, an entire year’s schedule will be available, making it easier for prospective passengers to book trips in advance.

More information about the ferry system can be found here.

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