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Opinion: Southeast cities should band together to operate ferries


April 29, 2021

I saw a falling star last night and it reminded me of our Alaska Marine Highway System. Both are in a free fall.

We cannot do much about the star, but maybe we can rescue our ferry system.

We cannot continue to serve coastal communities with an ever-increasing subsidy. Significant fare increases have caused a substantial decline in ridership, fewer sailings and fewer ships operating. More than half of the fleet is laid up.

Rather than elaborate as to the failures of past and current administrations and the lack of timely decisions, while yet another consultant is hired or another advisory c...

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