By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

State ferry system will get $284 million from federal treasury


February 1, 2023

The federal ship has come in for the Alaska Marine Highway System, carrying more than $284 million for upgrades to old vessels, money to help pay for a new ferry, dock repairs, additional service to small communities and even a proposed electric-powered ferry for short runs.

The Federal Transit Administration announced the awards last week.

The grants were awarded under a competitive application process, but Alaska’s congressional delegation wrote the provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2022 with the intent of steering a lot of the money to the state.

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