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IFA By The Numbers Press Release!

Inter-Island Ferry Generates Nearly $50 Million in Economic Activity 2019

The Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA)—a public ferry system providing daily service between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan—released a study today showing that the ferry system was responsible for $46.4 million in economic activity in southern Southeast Alaska last year. The 12-page publication, compiled by Rain Coast Data, shows that the IFA provides a high rate of return on investment. In 2019, the system generated $70 in economic activity for each dollar of State investment. Economic activity was measured in the five following areas: tourism, seafood, medical access, retail trade, and spending by the IFA – and includes direct and secondary impacts.

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“We are both honored and humbled by the huge impacts that our reliable, daily ferry service has on our economy.  We wanted to be able to share and communicate the value of the role that we play.” explains Ron Curtis General Manager of the Inter-Island Ferry Authority. “This publication concisely describes and calculates the economic and social impacts of IFA ferry service between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan.”

Some other highlights of the study include the following:

  • Cost Effective Operations: Compared to other public passenger-vehicle ferries, the IFA is run very cost effectively. On average for other systems, farebox revenue covers 59% of operational costs. The IFA has a farebox recovery rate of 79%.

 

  • Tourism: Visitors coming to Prince of Wales Island on the ferry spend $11 million on the island annually.
  • Seafood: In a typical year, IFA transports two million pounds of high value seafood, with an associated value of $10 million. The business model to move this product depends on the daily, reliable, affordable service the IFA provides.
  • Medical Care: Prince of Wales residents rely on the IFA for affordable access to medical care. Medical trips accounted for at least 12% of all ferry trips last year. These “medical tourists” spend $9 million in Ketchikan hospitals and medical offices each year.
  • Ketchikan Spending: Prince of Wales residents who ride the ferry spend millions of dollars in Ketchikan each year. IFA riders spent $8 million on goods and services in Ketchikan (not counting the millions spent in the health care sector). The IFA itself spent an additional $1 million.
  • Jobs and Earnings: 508 jobs – in tourism, seafood, health care, and transportation – and $19 million in associated workforce earnings on Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan are dependent on the IFA, when the multiple effect is included.
  • Students: In 2019 students from 12 Alaska school districts made 3,100 trips on the IFA. Being able to participate in school activities and sports travel is especially important for rural Alaska students. The system saves school districts approximately $337,000 per year in travel costs.
  • Children and Senior Citizens: By using the ferry, students, senior citizens, and younger children have saved a combined $19.3 million over the price of flying since ferry operations began in 2002.

For questions, contact Ron Curtis General Manager Inter-Island Ferry Authority at (907) 401-3564 or [email protected]

IFA Daily Ferry Service

Depart Hollis at 8:00am

Arrive Ketchikan at 11:00am

Depart Ketchikan at 3:30pm

Arrive Hollis at 6:30pm

The IFA does not sail on New Year’s Day,

President’s Day, Independence Day,

Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.

 

Veteran Grant Travel

UPDATE: Effective FEBRUARY 1, 2020, the IFA is authorized to issue VETERAN PASSENGER & VEHICLE ticketing to qualifying Veterans traveling in conjunction with their healthcare needs. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has renewed a transportation grant to the State of Alaska Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, and the State has advised the Inter-Island Ferry Authority that the IFA has been accepted into the Veteran Federal Transportation Grant Program this year!

Present your current Alaska Driver License or ID card with VA endorsement, Armed Forces of the United States ID Card {Retiree}, 100% Disabled American Veteran (DAV) or VA Healthcare Card to qualify for this no-cost to Veterans travel program. Examples of these IDs can be seen on the Vessel or at either the Ketchikan or Hollis Terminals.

Escorts are required to get prior authorization to travel from Forrest Powell.  Forrest is the Grant Manager and Veterans can contact him at 907-334-0872 or    [email protected].

Travel under this Veteran Affairs Transportation Program applies to the IFA’s daily services between Hollis and Ketchikan, and also between our Metlakatla and Ketchikan route  anytime we cover  the M/V Lituya’s run.

For Additional Information, contact Ronald Curtis at 907.401.3564 or email him at [email protected], and for Reservations call 866-308-4848.

Driver Free Discount January through March 2020

The IFA is once again offering ‘Driver Goes Free’ so book your travel now!!

January through March 31, 2020 driver of a vehicle travels FREE!!

To qualify for Driver Free Discount, vehicle must be driven under its own power, and AMCs (including but not limited to motorcycles, inflatables, kayaks, and 4 or 6 wheelers) do not qualify for the Driver Free Discount.

Travel with your vehicle on a Saturday in January or February and get a super deal, see details about Sensational Saturday Sale Days below 🙂

Sensational Saturday Sales Event January & February 2020

In appreciation of our customers, the IFA is offering a discount to vehicles traveling on any Saturday in January and February 2020!!

Vehicles traveling on Saturday January 4th, 11th, 18th or 25th 2020 or on February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd or 29th 2020 will receive a 30% discount on their vehicle fare!

Plan now to take advantage of this great deal, and Saturday Sale can be combined with Driver Free!!  (does not apply to AMCs or MTM route)