JUNEAU – Skagway will see four ferries a week during much of the coming winter with service on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday. That’s an improvement over last year when lay-up of more ships reduced service to two or three calls a week.

A planned replacement of the floating ferry dock in Skagway also has been postponed a year (more on that in a future issue).

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) last week announced the release of its 2016-17 winter schedule. Reservations are now available for booking at FerryAlaska.com, by calling 1-800-642-0066, or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system.

The AMHS winter schedule covers ferry travel from October 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Fare information is available at FerryAlaska.com or from reservations agents.

Release of the 2016-17 winter schedule followed a public comment period held in May and June. The comment period is an opportunity for communities and individuals to review and comment on the proposed schedule, and to make AMHS aware of significant community events.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 249 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.ferry1