Matanuska back, but state 'considering alternatives'

After four breakdowns of the state ferry Matanuska in a little over two months, the Department of Transportation is considering its options to ensure more reliable service as the heavier summer travel season approaches.

"In light of the mechanical issues on the Matanuska, we are evaluating and considering alternatives to improve system reliability,” department spokesman Sam Dapcevich said April 29.

The department provided no further information. “Will get back to you on this question,” Dapcevich said.

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s five operating vessels are busy with their own routes, and...


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