This October 2020 photo shows the MV Kennicott. The Alaska Marine Highway System’s winter ferry schedule is now available for review. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

This October 2020 photo shows the MV Kennicott. The Alaska Marine Highway System’s winter ferry schedule is now available for review. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Winter ferry schedule available for review

Comments now being accepted.

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s winter schedule is now available for public review, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced.

The department plans to release the summer 2023 schedule after the winter schedule is finalized, according to a news release from the transportation department announcing the winter schedule.

The operating plan includes running the MV Columbia for the first time in three years, according to the transportation department. This will mean more operating weeks and eliminating mainline service gaps seen the past couple of years. The cross-gulf service gap will increase from three months to five months because of overhaul work on the MV Kennicott.

Among the comments solicited are needs for special event scheduling, according to the transportation department.

“AMHS would like to hear about any need for special event scheduling; Organizers and communities should provide event names, dates, and locations, plus arrival/departure times needed for each special event,” the transportation department stated.

The plan can be viewed online through https://publicinput.com/G6532, which is also the webportal for public comments. Comments will be accepted through Aug. 26, and can also be sent via email to 71585@PublicInput.com and by fax to 907-228-6873.

The operating plan can also be viewed below.

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