Last month, the Alaska Department of Transportation released its draft 2019/2020 Winter Schedule, which showed a service gap for all of Prince William Sound from September 12th – May 15th. That’s eight months without connection to the surface road system for five communities. It also showed substantial gaps for other regions.
But over 250 Cordovans made their voices heard to the House Transportation Committee who met in Cordova on Saturday, July 27th. Representative Louise Stutes who chairs the committee continues to work closely with the DOT to try to assemble a new winter ferry schedule that will provide adequate service to all regions in the state including Prince William Sound.
Shortly after this committee meeting, Cordovans assembled again to give feedback directly to the DOT during the DOT teleconference on Monday, July 29th. As a result of our comments and those from other communities, DOT deputy commissioner Mary Siroky has stated they will scrap the initial draft of the schedule and start from scrap. Although no winter schedule has been released yet, there is hope for some AMHS service in Cordova throughout the winter.