Overhaul of Alaska Marine Highway System considered

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — With an aging fleet, fewer riders and major budget reductions, the Alaska Marine Highway System is feeling the hurt. Six of the state's 11 ferries have been taken out of service as of Dec. 9 and service to coastal communities has been reduced multiple times.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have said they believe ferries are a vital economic engine for Southeast Alaska, but how to keep that engine running is up for debate.

One proposal, or at least the idea of it, has gotten the attention of a number of stakeholder groups dependent on the ferry system: a public corpor...

 

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