ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has approved a $66.7 million budget appropriation that lawmakers say should keep the Alaska Marine Highway System running for the year.
CoastAlaska reported legislators increased the operating budget by around $20 million over the previous year.
An estimated 42% of the overall $122 million ferry budget is expected to come from ticket sales for passengers, vehicles, and freight.
The budget adds another $19 million for repairing the ferry Aurora and adding crew quarters to two others.
Republican state Sen. Bert Stedman said the appropriation should guarantee at least one ferry is available as a relief vessel.