State ferry officials are developing a feasibility study to see if a ferry being offered by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough could be used in the marine highway system.
There is no estimated date of when the study will be completed. It will look at capital and operating costs with acquiring the Susitna and operating it on potential new routes.
The borough is stuck with a $90,000 monthly bill for maintaining the 200-foot ferry it can’t use. It is offering the $78 million vessel free to any government entity that will have it.
A spokesman for the state transportation department says the study is very preliminary, and there is no guarantee the Susitna will join the 11 vessels in the ferry fleet.