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No Rate Change For IFA

January 03, 2004
Saturday - 12:15 am

Passenger and vehicle rates between Hollis and Ketchikan on the M/V Prince of Wales will remain at 2003 levels through 2004, according to Inter-Island Ferry Authority board chair Dennis Watson, who is also the mayor of Craig. He said that the IFA has enjoyed steady traffic growth since implementing Prince of Wales Island service on January 15, 2002 and that the original concept of revenues covering operating costs is working. The IFA board therefore decided to maintain the status quo on fares for 2004, said Watson. The discount for commercial vehicles under contract with the IFA is being reduced. He added that 2003 traffic is expected to finish at 56,800 passengers and 15,000 vehicles. In 2002 the IFA boarded 49,734 passengers and 12,575 vehicles.

The M/V Prince of Wales will be out of service from January 5th through 11th for its semi-annual hull inspection and maintenance at Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan. The Alaska Marine Highway System has scheduled alternate service with the M/V Aurora departing Hollis at 2:30 pm on January 6, arriving Ketchikan at 5:15 pm, and the M/V Taku departing Hollis at 11:30 pm on January 10, arriving Ketchikan at 2:15 am on January 11th. The M/V Prince of Wales will resume regular daily Hollis-Ketchikan-Hollis service on January 12, with Ketchikan-Metlakatla-Ketchikan service resuming each Friday and Saturday on January 16. For additional information and reservations call the IFA toll-free at 866-308-4848, or the AMHS at 800-642-0066.



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