When the out-go exceeds the in-go

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Mr. Sandy Williams is accurate in his expressed opinion about a new road from Juneau to Skagway ("Road alternative costs travelers less than ferry system," June 11).

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I retired after nearly 34 years from the Washington State Ferry system. Two years ago, the ferry system tied up two high-speed passenger-only vessels that operated at a ratio of $6 out for every dollar in. The runs operated by the two high-speed craft were short in distance and obviously two years before soaring fuel prices. The high-speed craft built for the Alaska trade run farther and longer and can never be cost effective. This is not to suggest that the ride isn't fast and comfortable - only that when the out-go exceeds the in-go, a deficit occurs.

David Black

Poulsbo, Wash.

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