Should some state ferry routes be privatized?

Source: Ed Schoenfeld, KTOO, March 15, 2016

A state lawmaker with a significant role in transportation funding decisions says parts of the Alaska Marine Highway should be privatized. Sen. Peter Micciche is a member of his chamber’s Finance Committee and oversaw crafting of its transportation budget. He said the ferry system should consider management changes. … Micciche said he doesn’t advocate privatizing the entire ferry system. “Keep the long runs, the longer routes, in control of the state. Privatize the smaller ones. And the cost savings could go to reliable service for the communities that absolutely depend on a state-run portion or segment of the ferry service,” he said. … One part of the marine highway already separated from the larger system. The Inter-Island Ferry Authority has run a ship between Hollis, on southern Southeast’s Prince of Wales Island, and Ketchikan for about 15 years. It’s a nonprofit operation, run by a board of community representatives. Most of its revenue comes from the fare box. But it has also received state subsidies most years.