JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Highway System announced the early release today of its 2013 summer schedule.
Release of the 2013 summer schedule was dependent upon the important public comment period held in August. The comment period is an opportunity for communities and individuals to review and comment on the proposed schedule, and to make AMHS aware of significant community events.
“Releasing the schedule early greatly benefits the communities and businesses served by the marine highway system,” Michael Neussl, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner for Marine Operations, said. “Not only does it provide Alaskans with more time to plan their travel, but it also helps those traveling to Alaska during the busy summer months to book their travel well in advance.”
Individuals may notice some adjustments based on need.
“We made several changes based on the comments received from individuals, businesses and communities across the state,” Neussl said. “For example, we added an additional sailing through Gustavus and addressed the day boat concerns in Northern Lynn Canal.”
The Alaska Marine Highway is following a record high year for revenue generation, according to a release from the department. In fiscal year 2012, AMHS revenues totaled $52.2 million, an increase of more than 7 percent from the previous year. With no fare increases, that revenue increase was generated by increased ridership, including an all-time record high of 114,100 vehicles transported. That revenue generation represents a 30.4 percent recovery of the system’s operating cost, the release stated.
Make reservations in advance either online at FerryAlaska.com, by calling 1-800-642-0066, or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system. Fare information is available online or from reservations agents.