The MV Columbia, flagship vessel of the Alaska Marine Highway System, has a dual purpose these days. Along with several hundred travelers, the vessel carries scientific equipment that measures ocean temperatures, along with levels of carbon dioxide, oxygen and salt. Photo courtesy of AMHS
The MV Columbia, flagship vessel travels the Alaska Marine Highway. Photo courtesy of AMHS

A long-range plan open house is scheduled for Oct. 24 via Zoom by officials with the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), to help the agency work toward a vision of its system 20 years into the future.  

AMHS officials said the long-range plan sets out to guide future operations and capital investment of the Alaska marine highway services, fleet, and terminal infrastructure. 

Work on development of the long-range plan is in the early stages and will continue through the second quarter of 2023, they said. 

Six key tasks include the review of existing planning initiatives, highlighting existing and future opportunities for engagement, identifying future service scenarios for communities served, identifying supporting workforce and infrastructure needs to implement scenarios, outlining a capital replacement plan for the fleet and shoreside facilities, and offering recommendations for future resiliency and sustainability efforts. 

The public open house is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. 

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