New shuttle ferry plans were roundly criticized during a legislative hearing Tuesday, though there was some support.
The plan calls for building a pair of 280-foot, 300-passenger, 53-vehicle vessels.
The day-boats would connect Juneau, Haines and Skagway, operate no more than 12 hours a day, and have no staterooms or cafeteria. No unaccompanied vehicles would be allowed.
Some of the testimony before the House and Senate Finance Committees criticized plans to leave part of the car deck uncovered:
Ferry officials said the design is preliminary and changes will likely be made. For example, they’re considering a system for allowing unaccompanied vehicles, including container vans, on board.
Further comments can be made via the Alaska Class Ferry website.
The email address is email@example.com
Hear earlier reports on the shuttle ferry:
- Preliminary shuttle ferry plan released
- Commissioner sorry for ignoring advisory board
- Legislators, advisory board critique shuttle-ferry design
- It’s do-or-die week in Olympia. It's cliché to say, but if lawmakers don’t pass a budget and send it to the governor for his signature before midnight on Friday, state government will go into partial shutdown. Washington lawmakers are optimistic that won’t happen.
- The management slate won this year’s Sealaska board election. Three incumbents and a newcomer who ran with them beat out eight independent candidates.
- A local archaeologist says there may be the remains of a historic Alutiiq fish trap on the north end of Kodiak Island. Those types of man-made formations are rare to discover in the region, he said.
- Senate Republicans have tweaked their Obamacare repeal bill in hopes of keeping more healthy customers in the insurance market. Customers who fail to maintain coverage could be temporarily locked out.