The front part of the <em>MV Tazlina</em> as it is pushed out of the assembly hall it has been constructed in © Alaska Marine Highway System

New Year, New Ferries

The new Alaska Class Ferries gained names in 2016! Per Alaska law ferries must be named after Alaska glaciers, so AMHS, in cooperation with the DOT&PF Commissioner Luiken and Governor Walker, invited 6th-12th graders to submit an essay supporting a suggested name for each of the new ferries. Thanks to Tanalian School 7th grader Malea Voran of Port Alsworth, the first vessel scheduled for delivery will be named the MV Tazlina. The second winning entry was submitted by Taylor Thompson, an Eagle River High School 10th grader, with the name MV Hubbard. You can find regular updates on our website.

Winter on the Alaska Highway © Rebekah Cadigan, Alaska DOT&PF

Know Before You Go

As snow begins to fall and our days grow shorter, our thoughts turn to travel plans for the holidays and enjoying our favorite winter activities. It also means that driving conditions on Alaska's roadways are more challenging. Keep your friends and family safe this holiday season by taking some extra time to prepare for winter snow and ice. Whether you're headed to the airport, traveling with a vehicle by ferry or driving to a remote recreation area, avoid incidents and know the road conditions before you go by checking the DOT&PF Winter Season Resources web page. Being prepared will ensure that every outing this season is a fun and memorable one.

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