Start planning summer travel with AMHS

With summer officially replaced by rainy autumn here in Southeast, the Alaska Marine Highway System has announced the release of the 2014 summer ferry schedule, so trip planning can begin.

“Our goal each year is to release the summer schedule as early as possible,” said AMHS General Manager Captain John Falvey. “By doing so, Alaskans will have more time to plan their travel and visitors traveling to Alaska during the busy summer months may book their travel well in advance.”

The schedule was released after public comment was accepted in August and September, allowing an opportunity for communities and individuals to have a say and update AMHS on any significant community events.

Booking tickets in advance using the newly released schedule might be a good idea because AMHS also announced record high revenues for the second consecutive year, totalling more than $53 million — with no fare increases, the revenue was generated by increased ridership, which included more than 114,000 vehicles transported. The revenue generated represents a 30.7 percent recovery of the system’s total operating cost.

Travelers are encouraged to make reservations in advance either online at FerryAlaska.com, by calling 1-800-642-0066, or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system. Making advance reservations is the best way to guarantee space for passengers and vehicles, and it allows the system to operate more efficiently. Fare information is available online or from reservations agents.

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