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Put Alaskans first in ferry schedules

Letters to the editor

Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2005

It is about time that the Alaska Marine Highway realizes the real reason it is in business - to provide transportation for the residents of the state of Alaska first and for tourists, second.

On July 4, I rode the Kennecott round trip from Ketchikan to Prince Rupert as a walk-on passenger at a cost of $114. That cost is ridiculous. For only $21 more, I could have flown to Prince Rupert.

If the fares were lowered and schedules were changed to make them more convenient for most passengers, I think the Alaska Marine Highway System would see the same boom in ridership that it is seeing on the route to Pelican. Thank you, Robin Taylor, for listening to the concerns of the residents of Alaska and having the guts to take the heat and do what is right for everyone.

Julie M. Slanaker

Ketchikan



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