• We live in Ketchikan and have an RV and go to Prince Rupert to go south for our medical and a little vacation. I am very outraged about the suggestion the AMH abandon Prince Rupert as a port! The Bellingham run is outrageously overpriced and is unaffordable for most residents! We are presently south and I have reservations to go from Rupert to Ketchikan, our truck & trailer is 57' overall, have a cat, and need a stateroom, cost is $694. To go from Bellingham to Ketchikan the cost would be $6315 plus meals! They want almost $600 just for a spartan bunk bed stateroom! I don't need a ferry to Bellingham, and I don't think most residents of southeast Alaska do, WE NEED THE FERRY TO PRINCE RUPERT AND AFFORDABLE RATES, AND RELIABLE SERVICE, NEEDS TO BE TWICE A WEEK MINIMUM!

  • The AMHS is vital piece of Alaska’s infrastructure. It is shocking that public testimony is needed to establish that. Our economy depends on the ability for people and businesses to be able to reliably transport goods and the people needed to provide services across our great land. In addition our schools and communities need the AMHS for transportation to stay connected with our state. Community events, such as Gold Medal Basketball, the Klondike road race, The Alaska Folk Festival to name a few are gatherings that not only fun, they create a sense of community across the distances inherent in a state as vast as ours. It is shot sighted and detrimental to the businesses, the state economy and the social fabric of our state to even contemplate cuts such as The governor has suggested.

  • The MHS is necessary for Alaska. It is integral to our villages and the way of life many of us live here to pursue. There are many ways to economize and expand service. Is this a part in a maneuver to get voter approval on "Alaska is open for business" proposals where the long view is ignored?

  • Redo labor contracts. No additional ferries for special activities, IF that results in additional operating costs! The activities need to plan according to regular ferry schedules. Essential services are 2 north and 2 south per week in SE comm with only one being Bellingham run. Should have had an income tax all along, it existed when I came to Alaska. The Legislatures have squandered away a kings ransom in addition to what small amount went into perm fund for residents. State could have saved some for future also. When you rob APF we will still face budget shortfalls as in National Dems and Social Security surplus gone!

  • I feel lowering prices and using social media for free advertising to increase ridership would help.

  • Some young people on POW and are willing to contribute their pin up with clothing portraits posing on the ferries, including POW inter-island ferry towards making a promotional calendar for the ferries. If every photo included the spectacular scenery of remote ports, coupled with a list of local needs for service, these might sell well to tourists. We certainly have some good looking youth in Alaska who want to stay in their home communities, but this requires transportation of goods and travel, esp for childbirth, work related medical care etc. when the planes can't fly.

  • Renew the fleet with standardized ships and allow operations to be guided by personnel with expertise in the maritime industry, uninhibited by political dictates and pressure.
    A great deal of our costs and problems now stem from an aging fleet subject to very costly repairs and upgrades. If new ships are introduced into service, reliability and efficiency would increase 100 fold. With Federal funding assistance Alaska could revive AMHS and provide service for the next 50 years with new ships that could operate far more efficiently than our aging fleet.
    Standardized ships would prove extremely efficient and cost effective in both the construction phase (one design for several ships), standardized maintenance system (parts and systems all the same throughout the fleet) and operationally efficient since each ship could be assigned to any route and port in the system, excluding SW and the Aleutian Chain where an elevator system is necessary.

  • The FB site presenting the ferry services completely neglects to note the importance of the Prince Rupert to Ketchikan route. The Prince Rupert connection allows countless Alaskans who are First Nations/Native Alaskans, namely Haida, Tsimshian, and Tlingit, to travel from Haida Gwaii to connect on a regular basis with family on POW, Met and Ketchikan area. It is also the Gateway to Alaska for tourists bringing up motor homes and campers who are Americans from the lower 48 and Canadians, all adding directly to local economics. Schools and sporting events depend upon this international route - as in the annual All Native Basketball Tournament and various recreational activities to Canadian activities. For over 50 years Alaskan families who cannot afford to visit relatives or ship supplies by a monopoly airline, have made use of the Prince Rupert to Ketchikan route, driving all the way down to the other border. The Prince Rupert to KTN route is the Other Alaskan Highway. The one I drive every day doesn't even connect to the part of Alaska where my property and home is in southeast AK. Maybe it is time to give POW back to Canada and let BC provide full transportation as they have recently been increasing their ferry service to remote coastal communities. Operations: sorry but discontinue free and reduced rides for family member; Consider what is feasible to apply from BC Ferries to AK Marine H; Funding: Congress to be lobbied for increased Federal Highway funds, and more focus on tourism as a healthier alternative for the environment than the big cruise ships (which should be banned not increased).

  • The Tustumena and the Kennecott are the ferries that serve our community. We are a small coastal community much like those in South East Alaska and we are totally dependent on the Ferry for transportation of vehicles, equipment, and large supplies. It is our lifeline to the mainland.
    I have been traveling this highway for over 30 years. The employees of the AKMHS are an untapped resource of ideas regarding improvements to the system. Those who rely on this system for their livelihood have many ideas of what could be improved or cut. I think they should be polled and asked the same questions and more. Essential service is providing an adequate schedule for those communities who have no paved highway. Lets make sure our ferries are full each time they arrive in our communities. That may mean a reduction is schedule, but it would mean full vessels.

  • I love the Alaska ferry system.Especially the Tustumena! She sailed into our area for a reason, to provide essential services and connect the roadless villages that are the true heart of Alaska. No reform or so-called privatization needed, keep as it is. Fund it! Now! Its vital to the well being, and economy of all all Alaska! I have ridden the Tustumena since she first sailed into port. It is criminal to even consider defunding this beautiful ship and her dedicated crew for some stupid budget cut. Why not just cut p up the highways as well? Or privatize them too? Ridiculous! These are ROADS you are talking about!