By Gretchen Wehmhoff

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) announced on Dec. 5 that the 2024 Alaska Marine Highway System (AHMS) summer schedule is open for public comment.

DOT&PF is directing people to use one of several links to submit written testimony on what the department refers to as playbooks for each region.  

Schedule patterns are based on FY24  funding levels, according to the DOT&PF press release.

The summer schedule is May 1 through Sept. 30, 2024.

The North Lynn Canal (NCL) service area playbook comments site can be found at The NCL link lists past requested community events and links to data and DOT&PF’s Charting the Course details. 

Comments should be submitted by Dec. 18, 2023. Correspondence can also be faxed to 907-228-6873 or emailed to

The agency is also requesting information about special events, suggesting organizers and communities provide the event details, including dates, auction and the needed arrival and departure times.

Documentation and graphs regarding the changes are available at:

In addition to written commentary, AHMS has two 

teleconferences scheduled for Dec. 19.

The teleconferences discussing Southeast schedules is at 10 a.m. Southwest and Prince William Sound (PWS) schedules will be covered at the 1:30 p.m. session. 

To attend via phone or Zoom, use the links and phone numbers to the right. 

The meetings will be held at the AMHS Ketchikan Central Office, 7037 North Tongass Highway for participants wishing to attend in person.

Southeast AK

Dec. 19, 2023 – 10:00 a.m.

To join with Zoom:
To join by telephone: (253) 215-8782
Webinar ID: 839 5559 3196

Southwest/PWS AK

Dec. 19, 2023 – 1:30 p.m. 

To join with Zoom: :
To join by telephone: (253) 215-8782
Webinar ID: 831 6249 9294