The AMHS Reform initiative is a statewide collaboration of stakeholders, including businesses, communities and Tribes seeking to reform and revitalize the state’s ferry system in order to improve its efficacy and ensure its long-term sustainability. The effort is managed by Southeast Conference and led by a 12-member steering committee. The Conference was formed in 1958 with the goal of establishing the Alaska Marine Highway System, and today, the marine highway system extends across 3,500 miles of scenic coastline and provides service to over 30 communities. But due to many factors, and exacerbated by the state’s fiscal crisis, the Alaska Marine Highway System is at a critical juncture and at risk of failure. Once again, Southeast Conference is leading the effort to “re-create” the ferry system into an organization that can continue to provide vital transportation services to the many user groups and industries that rely on it daily.
Please review the following key documents for an overview of the project and work done to date: