Preliminary findings of ferry study released

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Preliminary findings of a pilot study for revitalizing the Alaska Marine Highway System were released Wednesday by the Southeast Conference.

Conference board chairman J.C. Conley said the goal of the study is to generate discussion among ferry users about future service needs and improved efficiency.

''We want to provide the next Legislature and governor with a blueprint for changes to insure the long-term viability of the system,'' Conley said.

The study examines alternate management structures, including public corporations or authorities, private corporations and private-public combinations. The study is slated for completion in July, according to the conference's Transportation Committee chairman Dave Kensinge.

The Southeast Conference is a nonprofit group of regional government and business leaders.

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