PUBLISHED: 6:12 PM on Wednesday, October 8, 2008
2009 ferry summer schedule released early
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) today announced the release of its 2009 summer sailing schedule for its 11 vessels serving 32 ports between Bellingham, Wash., through Prince Rupert, British Columbia and west to the Aleutians.

"The early release of next summer's schedule resulted from a cooperative effort between the governor's office, the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the Marine Transportation Advisory Board and members of the public," said Jim Beedle, DOT&PF's Deputy Commissioner of Marine Operations.

Beedle explained that the early schedule release might give Alaskans better and easier opportunities to plan business and vacation travel needs.

"Releasing the schedule as early as we did should bring an added possibility of increased ridership on the AMHS next summer," Beedle added.

The new schedule is available online and reservations can be booked at the AMHS website at: