Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget director Donna Arduin says the administration is looking at privatization options for the state-run ferry system. That’s on top of a proposed budget that would cut 65 percent of the struggling ferry system’s budget.
Alaska’s biggest port is in dire need of improvements. Structural failure threatens the flow of essential supplies like food, fuel, and construction material into the state. According to the latest estimate, needed repairs will be twice as expensive as originally forecasted, leaving Anchorage officials dismayed.
The Alaska Marine Highway System announced more changes to the Alaska Class Ferry rollout this week, but the summer schedule is still uncertain. A spokesperson says the new plan will get Alaska Class Ferries in service sooner and save money.