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State taking comment on winter Alaska ferry schedule

In this file photo, the MV Kennicott travels along a body of water. The ferry operates on the...
In this file photo, the MV Kennicott travels along a body of water. The ferry operates on the Cross-Gulf schedule and also offers direct bi-monthly service between Washington and Whittier, Alaska. (KTUU)(KTUU)
Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 1:00 PM AKDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2021 at 1:01 PM AKDT
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The state-run ferry system is proposing a winter schedule that suggests limited service for some southeast Alaska communities and improved service for Kodiak Island and some parts of south-central Alaska.

A state transportation department spokesperson told CoastAlaska the draft schedule reflects the best the state can do given available funding and maintenance needs within the fleet.

The department is taking public comment on the draft, which covers operations between October and April and calls for up to five ships operating at any one time. One of those, however, is a ferry that shuttles between Ketchikan and nearby Metlakatla.

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