More People Riding Alaska Ferries

I don’t know how they came up with an increase from 2007 to 2008 since this year is a long way from over, but … 7 percent sounds pretty good. Washington’s ferries were down 1.2 percent from 2006 to 2007, to 23.7 million, and I think they dropped just about every year after they started the big fare increases in 2000. I think they peaked at about 28 million in 1999.

I’m not quite sure what Alaska means by consistent scheduling, either. I’ve looked around for a more complete story, but haven’t found one yet.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP)

State transportation officials say the ferry system is getting more use.
Passenger and vehicle traffic increased 7 percent between 2007 and 2008.
Transportation spokesman Roger Wetherell says consistency in scheduling was the key factor.
The Alaska system is much different than Washington. It has 11 vessels serving 32 ports between Bellingham, Wash., through Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and west to the Aleutians.