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IFA Exceeds 200,000 Passengers


December 30, 2005
Friday AM

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Inter-Island Ferry Authority has enjoyed a fourth year of sustained high demand reports general manager Tom Briggs. Passengers will top 56,000 for 2005 on the M/V Prince of Wales between Hollis and Ketchikan. The vehicle count is expected to reach 13,450. "We are delighted with the way traffic is holding, in spite of economic challenges in the region we serve" said Briggs. Traffic on the Hollis-Ketchikan route is higher than between any other two points receiving ferry service in the state, according to Briggs.

IFA ferry Prince of Wales

The M/V Prince of Wales and M/V Lituya arriving in Ketchikan (November 2005)
Photo by Lisa Thompson ©2005

Since establishing daily passenger/vehicle ferry service between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island in January, 2002 the IFA will have handled 220,000 passengers and 57,000 vehicles, by the end of this year. "That represents an average of 120 passengers and 31 vehicles for each round trip made by the M/V Prince of Wales; well ahead of our original traffic projections" said IFA board chair Dennis Watson.

The M/V Lituya of the Alaska Marine Highway System will provide alternate service beween Ketchikan and Hollis, while the M/V Prince of Wales is undergoing scheduled maintenance in Ketchikan January 4 through 8. The M/V Lituya will depart Ketchikan for Hollis at 10:30am and depart Hollis for Ketchikan at 2:30pm on January 6, 7 and 8. The M/V Prince of Wales will resume its regular schedule January 9, departing Ketchikan at 3:30pm for Hollis.


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