Since 2017, Craig Tornga has served as a senior vice president with Kirby Offshore Marine in Houston, Texas.
It’s become somewhat rare to see busts aboard state ferries. Many recent busts have been tied to air travel or the mail.
The state needs almost $50 million in matching funds for this year’s ferry grants. And Alaska’s transportation commissioner has an idea for where to get it.
The Juneau delegation will host a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School Commons.
The vacancies are slowing services, canceling ferries and could strain the Alaska Permanent Fund.
The Alaska Energy Authority’s director says the windfall of federal funds could help expand the corridor beyond that group of nine to Delta Junction, Glenallen and Tok.
Several communities in the Aleutians have been without ferry service because the Kennicott — the Tustumena’s stand-in — is too large to make it into their smaller ports.
The state is already paying around $15 million to add crew quarters on the Hubbard.
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