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Ferry ski-high rates
By Jay L Baldwin


January 05, 2011
Wednesday PM

Two thirds of the Alaskan voters or more live in the Northlands.

Southeast Alaska was supposed to get a marine highway system to serve the needs of the Alaskan people. Wrong. We have a marine highway system that Alaskans cannot afford. Someone, at some point back in time lost sight of the objective. A highway is supposed to be free. At first fees were very low. But not now.

So let us propose a toll bridge-toll station on the highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks for collecting money to pay for the cost of the highway and also for upkeep i.e., maintenance etc. Why not?

That's exactly what we are doing on the ferry system in Southeast as well as the other areas served by the ferry system.

Can you imagine what visitor/tourism would be like if the ferries were free.

Jay L Baldwin
Ketchikan, AK


Received January 05, 2010 - Published January 05, 2011




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