October 03, 2007
This past summer two daily round-trips operated between May 25th and September 3rd. Vehicle traffic rarely would have filled one daily round trip during this period and passengers would not have exceeded capacity with one round trip, according to IFA general manager Bruce Jones. The board is considering one daily round trip to serve the needs of the traveling public, and to reduce operating costs, said Jones. Providing people traveling with vehicles make advance reservations, we will have adequate car deck capacity to accommodate the need, he said.
The board also is considering operating the seasonal IFA northern route between Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg, with a round trip each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or a Friday, Saturday, Monday schedule from May 2 through September 29, 2008. Monday service was also provided this season. Passenger and vehicle traffic on this route does not justify four round trips weekly, said Jones.
The IFA operates the sister passenger/vehicle ferries Prince of Wales and Stikine. The vessels are certified for 170 and 200 passengers respectively, with a vehicle capacity for 30 standard autos. Food and beverage service in available in the restaurant aboard each vessel. The IFA was formed to provide improved transportation to island communities in southern Southeast Alaska.
Persons wanting to provide input to the IFA should contact a board member. They are Otis Gibbons (Craig), Jeff Nickerson (Klawock), Harvey McDonald (Thorne Bay), Deedee Jeffries (Coffman Cove), Gary Lewis (Wrangell, Kathy O'Rear (Petersburg), and Dennis Watson (Craig - At large).
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