FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12th, 2015
Senator Egan Expresses Displeasure, Concern with Marine Highway Cancellation
JUNEAU –Senator Dennis Egan (D-Juneau) expressed his disappointment in an announcement from the Alaska Marine Highway that the M/V TAKU will be taken out of service for the 2015 summer, thereby cancelling sailings between our neighbors in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and Juneau, Alaska. More than 30% of those affected are Alaskans; while nearly 70% of the revenue is attributable to visitors from outside who are supporting our highway system through ticket sales. MV MATANUSKA will continue to service the Alaskan Panhandle ports and Prince Rupert.
“While statewide budget cuts are necessary I don’t like the way the AMHS has been treated in the process,” said Senator Dennis Egan. “The ferry system is the highway for Southeast and coastal Alaska and passenger and vehicle fees are its lifeblood. Because we lack a completed budget, this decision will cost the State of Alaska more than $400,000 of revenue.”
The cancellation will allow the MV TAKU to undergo routine maintenance however cancelling sailings in the months of July and August, the height of tourism season, is unprecedented.
For more information contact Senator Egan at (907) 465-4947.