A Southeast lawmaker introduced a bill this week to help Alaska ferries meet state pollution-control rules. It would also exempt new ships from a law requiring a percent of construction spending go toward art.
The ferry Matanuska is sailing an altered schedule for about a week due to mechanical problems. It will delay Juneau-to-Prince-Rupert sailings.
People ferrying from Ketchikan to Metlakatla will soon pay double for their tickets. But the return trip will be free.
The Alaska Marine Highway System plans its next round of fare increases to start May 1. That’s when the new summer schedule begins.
The winners of Alaska’s name-the-new-ferry contest didn’t know about it until they got a call from Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.
Budget cuts have already dramatically reduced marine highway sailings. The governor's budget will make it worse. And the Legislature is likely to make further cuts.
The state ferry system will soon charge more for canceling reservations. Fee increases begin Oct. 1, the same day the winter ferry schedule begins.
Southeast Alaska community leaders hope to restore some ferry sailings cut due to state budget reductions.
The Alaska Marine Highway System won’t ban solo ferry travel by children and teen-agers, at least for now.