AMHS Reform Post Summit
By Rep. Dan Ortiz
August 29, 2016
It has become clear to me, through the valuable input of you and your neighbors, that many Alaskans feel our ferry system can't operate at its full potential as long as its management is subject to political change and annual funding uncertainty. Both of these obstacles cause our ferries to fall short of meeting public expectations. In addition, the timing of the annual funding announcement negatively impacts our communities. The funding announcement is far behind the schedule of the real world, causing ferry schedules to be released long after the tourism sector has set their operating agendas, and also not far enough in advance for locals who are planning ahead for personal and community travel.
In comparison to similar marine highway systems across the world, our AMHS has a respectable return on box fares, and many do feel the AMHS is meeting their expectations of safety, reliability, and efficiency. However, there are always ways to improve. Anyone can contribute to this conversation by emailing thoughts, criticisms and suggestions to me at email@example.com, by calling me at 907-247-4672, or by emailing the ferry system reform project head at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Received August 29, 2016 - Published August 29, 2016
About: Ortiz is an independent member of the Alaska House of Representatives, who has since 2015 represented the 36th District. He is the only independent in the Alaska State Legislature.
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