(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) —The AMHS 2022/2023 Winter Schedule is now available for reservations.
“We heard from our communities, and we’re listening,” said DOT&PF Commissioner Ryan Anderson. “We adjusted the Winter schedule based on the feedback received and will keep on working with Alaska’s coastal communities to minimize service disruptions.”
The public will see changes in the winter schedule from what was initially proposed which were made to further fill service gaps, including added service for Prince William Sound while the M/V Aurora undergoes its scheduled two-month annual overhaul. Initially, the department intended to bring the M/V Columbia back into service to cover service gaps during overhauls but has decided the most dependable option will be the continued utilization of the M/V Kennicott and the M/V Matanuska throughout the winter months. The M/V Tazlina will provide additional service during the M/V LeConte’s overhaul, pending crew availability. The M/V Tustumena’s sailing schedule was adjusted to provide several sailings in Prince William Sound. Additionally, service has been added to accommodate coastal communities’ special events to the greatest extent practicable. The department will also contract supplemental service if needed to cover service disruptions.
To review the updated AMHS winter schedule check here: dot.alaska.gov/amhs/schedules.shtml
To make reservations for travel on AMHS check here: bookamhs.alaska.gov/book/sailing-search/journeySearch/
Last week, the department introduced a new program to improve marine highway service reliability, increase the transparency of AMHS operational information, and to facilitate feedback from Alaskans. The first steps in this effort were modifications to the winter schedule based on customer feedback and the suspension of dynamic pricing until spring 2023. To learn more about the new Charting the Course to Thriving Communities Program check here: dot.alaska.gov/chartingthecourse
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 33 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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