Southeast towns like Sitka, Wrangell and Petersburg would receive infrequent ships, whereas Kodiak Island and some Southcentral communities could improvements.
A public hearing on the winter schedule will be held on July 29.
Coastal Alaska lawmakers say they’re unhappy with Gov. Dunleavy’s proposal to cut more than $2 million from the state ferry system’s operating budget. The proposal will likely prolong the debate over the Alaska Marine Highway System’s future during the upcoming legislative session.
Coastal officials from a dozen communities testified about the importance of Alaska's ferry network. House Transportation chair Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) pledged to make full ferry funding a priority this session.