The ferry system eliminated bar service in 2015 as a cost saving measure.
Ferry officials put the route on hold in September 2019 over a dispute about whether U.S. Customs officials could carry guns
Ortiz says he’s concerned that the governor’s current budget relies too much on federal funding for the marine highway.
Sailings to the upper Lynn Canal will be on Monday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 29.
The chartered passenger service was designed with apparently little coordination with destination communities.
One sailing to Haines was added to accommodate lawmakers traveling to Juneau for the session, but the plan left Skagway high and dry.
State ferries haven’t run the 120-mile route linking the panhandle with the northern British Columbia road system since 2019.
Participants at a town hall forum discussed Southeast Alaska infrastructure projects — like energy projects and ferry funding — that could become possible with new funding.
Booking is now open for winter ferry service on the Alaska Marine Highway System, which runs from Oct. 1 through the first week in May.
The U.S. Senate passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill Tuesday, with both Alaska senators voting yes. The bill goes next to the House.