Alaska Marine Highway

Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file                                Crew members on the Tazlina standby as the vessel docks at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on May 16.
Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file                                Crew members on the Tazlina standby as the vessel docks at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on May 16.
Sailings canceled after ferry passengers test positive for COVID-19
Sailings canceled after ferry passengers test positive for COVID-19
The MV LeConte as seen at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal, July 20, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Ferry work group says $24M subsidy insufficient

The task force faces a Sept. 30 deadline to complete its report.

The MV LeConte as seen at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal, July 20, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
The Alaska state flag on the bow of the MV Matanuska at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)

Ferry work group begins work toward dependable service

The work group’s recommendations are due by the end of September.

The Alaska state flag on the bow of the MV Matanuska at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska state flag on the bow of the MV Matanuska at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)

Lawmakers approve $66.7M for Alaska Marine Highway System

Legislators increased the operating budget for ferry service by around $20 million.

The Alaska state flag on the bow of the MV Matanuska at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska state flag on the bow of the MV Matanuska at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska state flag on the bow of the MV Matanuska at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)
The MV Matanuska tied up at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Roads don’t rust

“A boat is a hole in the water into which you throw money.”

The MV Matanuska tied up at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo, the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, Malaspina and Tazlina, hidden from view, are tied up at the Auke Bay Terminal in July 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo, the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, Malaspina and Tazlina, hidden from view, are tied up at the Auke Bay Terminal in July 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Stranded: Ferry strikes leave visitors, businesses and locals high and dry
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Stranded: Ferry strikes leave visitors, businesses and locals high and dry
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Ferry work stoppages stretch to seventh day
Ferry work stoppages stretch to seventh day
Members of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific picket in front of the Auke Bay Terminal on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The union called a strike on Wednesday over failed negotiations with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Members of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific picket in front of the Auke Bay Terminal on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The union called a strike on Wednesday over failed negotiations with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Frank Murkowski has a vision for Southeast. It includes roads and timber
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Frank Murkowski has a vision for Southeast. It includes roads and timber
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Doom for the fast ferries: Two more go up for sale
Doom for the fast ferries: Two more go up for sale
Study for ferry system’s future moving on ‘aggressive’ timeline
Study for ferry system’s future moving on ‘aggressive’ timeline
Frank Murkowski: Here’s how to fix the Alaska Marine Highway System
Frank Murkowski: Here’s how to fix the Alaska Marine Highway System
Ferry system braces for budget cuts

Ferry system braces for budget cuts

Dwindling budget could mean loss of services.

Ferry system braces for budget cuts
The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June, 2014. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June, 2014. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: Why Alaska-class ferries were the right decision

Opinion: Why Alaska-class ferries were the right decision

There’s no legitimate reason the vessels cannot be used as intended.

Opinion: Why Alaska-class ferries were the right decision
Opinion: Why the Alaska-class ferries aren’t ready
Opinion: Why the Alaska-class ferries aren’t ready
New Alaska ferries need $30M in work before entering service

New Alaska ferries need $30M in work before entering service

Ferries Tazlina and Hubbard to be used on longer routes than originally planned.

New Alaska ferries need $30M in work before entering service