The new summer ferry schedule released this week by the Alaska Marine Highway System includes direct LeConte runs between Hoonah and Juneau, said Roger Wetherell, spokesman for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
"We changed the routing so that the trip between Juneau and Hoonah is always direct," he said.
That means a trip from Juneau to Hoonah that once went through Tenakee Springs and took eight hours and 15 minutes will now take three hours and 15 minutes during Friday and Sunday trips.
Several Hoonah residents, and others with ties to the community, testified about the need for better connections to Juneau and complained about the time the trip took.
"The addition of extra personnel aboard the LeConte allows the ship to sail a longer duration in a given day," Wetherell said.
The new plan means Tenakee Springs travelers will have to stop in Hoonah both coming and going from Juneau on the Friday and Sunday trips.
According to 2006 figures from the Department of Community and Economic Development, Hoonah's 2006 population was 829, while Tenakee Springs' was 109.
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