July 02, 2008
The board was faced with increased fuel costs and a million dollar budget deficit, resulting from a reduction in grant funds anticipated from the Federal Transit Administration. Faced with difficult funding decisions, the board decided that continuing to maintain reliable service between Ketchikan and Hollis, and the northern communities, was their top priority.
The IFA's revised operating budget is based on a combination of staff recommended system-wide cost cutting and implementation of an aggressive fund raising program, according to Jones. "We will not leave a stone unturned in seeking federal, state, and local government, and private sector support", he said.
The IFA was organized by the
Prince of Wales Island communities of Craig, Klawock, Thorne
Bay, and Coffman Cove in a coalition with Wrangell and Petersburg
to provide improved ferry service to southern Southeast Alaska
island communities. Daily year-round service between Ketchikan
and Hollis with the M/V Prince of Wales was implemented in January,
2002. The M/V Stikine implemented summer seasonal service between
Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg in 2006.
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