More than 9,000 people are booked for Alaska Marine Highway sailings that will likely be cut due to budget reductions.
Ferry Chief Mike Neussl says about 2,500 vehicles are also scheduled for those sailings.
But for now, the ferry system isn’t letting travelers know.
“I am reluctant to pull the trigger (and) cancel those runs that we’ve already sold tickets on and rebook all those passengers because of the possibility that some of that service may be restored if funding is restored,” Neussl said.
Neussl explained the situation to the state’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board during a Wednesday meeting in Juneau.
He said travelers will be contacted and, if possible, rescheduled as soon as it’s clear how deep the cuts will be. He acknowledged some will be angry.