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Alaska Marine Highway seeks public feedback

June 15th, 2017 | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

The Alaska Marine Highway System is at a critical juncture. For more than 50 years, state ferries have connected residents and resources in coastal communities with Alaska's economic hubs. Operating weeks and reliability have declined steadily due to budget reductions and an aging fleet.

The AMHS Reform Initiative was launched in 2016 when Gov. Bill Walker signed a memorandum with Southeast Conference to identify structural changes to improve the long-term viability of AMHS. A 12-member steering committee was appointed.

Phase One of the Reform Initiative examined governance models used by other ferry systems to determine what was best suited to Alaska's unique situation. Phase Two examines the structure and benefits of a public corporation form of governance, potential opportunities for enhancing system revenue, how to better align management and labor, and control expenses. The Reform project is led by Elliot Bay Design Group.

Please visit to join the project mailing list and provide feedback about the value of AMHS. The site will be regularly updated with meeting notices and project documents.


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