ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM
The Alaska Marine Highway System is facing unprecedented budgetary, operational, and capital issues. At the same time, ferry service is increasingly important to the residents, businesses, and communities of Prince William Sound.
In 2015, ferry service in the Sound was revised to a single vessel format using the M/V Aurora. This change resulted in significant reductions in passenger and vessel embarkations (see Sound Opportunities, page 49). The impact of these reductions were frequently cited by businesses in the 2015 Prince William Sound Business Climate Survey.
We applaud the Walker Administration and our sister ARDOR, the Southeast Conference, for their efforts to explore sustainability for the system. In addition to supporting that effort, PWSEDD will examine regional options to ensure ferry operations.
PWSEDD Action Plan:
AMHS Governance Study – Phase I Report
AMHS Strategic Plan MOU
AMHS Ferry Reform Summit Videos