By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel writer 

State ferry traffic into Petersburg down 90% from a decade ago


August 18, 2022

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8,832 passengers and 2,515 vehicles boarded the ferry in Petersburg in 2011, and 9046 passengers and 2,434 vehicles arrived in town.

In 2021, the ridership into Petersburg was 829 passengers, a decrease of about 90 percent from a decade before. Vehicles dropped 75 percent to 595, according to statistics provided by the Alaska Marine Highway System.

And 2021's numbers are up from the pandemic-worst travel year. In 2020, just 409 passengers and 313 vehicles disembarked in Petersburg.

But ridership has been declining since 2014.

In 2014, 8,002 passengers ferried into Petersburg, then 6,989...

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