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Alaska Marine Highway System
By Albert Kookesh, Bill Thomas, Kim Elton,
Beth Kerttula, Andrea Doll, Peggy Wilson & Kyle Johansen


October 10, 2007

Commissioner Leo von Scheben
Department of Transportation
PO Box 112500
Juneau, AK 99811-2500

Dear Commissioner:

We are writing to express our concern over your remarks in a press release dated September 21st. In the press release you say "skyrocketing costs for the Alaska Marine Highway System present an impediment to the state's budget and the region's economy."

Regardless of any budgetary problems the Alaska Marine Highway may be experiencing, we are also very much aware of the benefits AMHS brings to Southeast. The region's economy relies heavily on AMHS, which, in many cases, provides the only means of transportation for many citizens of Southeast as well as their freight. No matter our individual opinions on new road construction, asphalt will never replace the need for a marine highway. We are concerned that your comments may be taken out of context and may be seen as a condemnation of our Southeast highway. AMHS is the single greatest piece of transportation infrastructure in Southeast Alaska and, as such, it is an asset to our state's economy, not a liability.

We would very much like to meet with you and discuss your goals and strategies for improving the AMHS and how we as legislators can help.


Senator Albert Kookesh
Representative Bill Thomas
Senator Kim Elton
Representative Beth Kerttula
Representative Andrea Doll
Representative Peggy Wilson
Representative Kyle Johansen

Received October 02, 2007 - Published October 10, 2007



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