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IFA BY THE NUMBERS 2016

ATTENTION: Press Release February 16, 2016 

Inter-Island Ferry Authority Generates More Than $50 Million in Economic Activity Annually
View the full report by Clicking Here!
  IFA Press Release-

The Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA)—a public ferry system providing daily service between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island—released a study today showing that the ferry system was responsible for $52.2 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 2015, the system generated $104 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 incudes direct and secondary impacts.
To view this publication, visit the IFA website at www.interislandferry.com. 

“We have always known that the IFA plays a significant socio-economic role in southern Southeast Alaska,” explains Dennis Watson, General Manager of the Inter-Island Ferry Authority. “However, it has not always been easy to convey this message. This publication concisely describes and calculates the economic and social impacts of daily 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 these                    systems, farebox revenue covers 53% of operational costs; however the IFA has a farebox recovery rate of 85%.

Tourism: Visitors coming to Prince of Wales Island on the ferry spend more than $10 million on the island annually.

Seafood: In a typical year, IFA transports three million pounds of high value seafood, with an associated harvest value of $15 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 4,500 ferry                        trips last year. These “medical tourists” spend nearly $9 million in Ketchikan hospitals each year.

Ketchikan Spending: Prince of Wales residents who ride the ferry spend millions 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: 320 jobs - in tourism, seafood, and transportation - and $7.1 million in workforce earnings on Prince of Wales Island                    are dependent on the IFA. 

Students: In 2015 students from 13 Alaska school districts made 3,100 trips on the IFA. Being able to participate in high school activities                    and sports travel is especially important for rural Alaska students. The system saves school districts approximately $300,000 per year in                    travel costs.

Children and Senior Citizens: By using the ferry, students, senior citizens, and younger children have saved a combined $17 million over                the price of flying since ferry operations began in 2002.

  Document summary:

The Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA) provides daily service on a three-hour, 36-mile route between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan. It ferries more than 50,000 passengers and 12,000 vehicles between Hollis and Ketchikan annually. The system is more than a form of transportation - it is an economic engine for southern Southeast Alaska, generating jobs, commerce, and tourism while also increasing community well-being. In 2015, the IFA brought 3,000 tourists to Prince of Wales Island, where they spent more than $10 million on hotels, fishing expeditions, and dining - generating hundreds of summer jobs across the island. It provides a means for the seafood industry to move millions of pounds of high-quality, high-value fresh and live seafood to market, creating hundreds more jobs. 

It provides access to health care for a thousand island residents who use Ketchikan’s medical services without the cost, inconvenience, or weather-related delays of flying. It shuttles workers to their jobs. It reinforces Ketchikan’s status as the regional economic hub, as Prince of Wales residents spent more than $14 million there in 2015 on groceries, goods, services, and medical care. 
The Inter-Island Ferry allows for cultural and social commerce as well. Students, tribal members, and other residents use the system to participate in basketball games, totem pole raisings, trainings, college fairs, celebrations, and funerals. There were 3,100 student trips last year. This allowed students from 13 different Alaska school districts the opportunity to challenge themselves and interact with their peers. It connects residents to family, friends, and recreation. 

The ferry is a critical piece of a more extensive transportation network. It provides transportation security on days when the skies are rough, and access to transportation to those who cannot afford alternative means. Nearly a quarter of the ridership last year were senior citizens and young children, who have saved a combined $17 million over the cost of flying since the system began in 2002. Its reliable arrivals and departures have enabled organizations to build their business models around this daily transportation connection. The result of the IFA’s efficient operations is farebox revenue that covers a full 85% of the ferry’s operational costs, a significant rate in the world of public transportation. 

The word businesses and residents most frequently use to describe the ferry service is “invaluable.” While there are many intrinsic values of the system that cannot be measured, an analysis of the ferry’s economic impact in the seafood, healthcare, visitor, transportation, and retail sectors shows an impressive $52.2 million combined impact in Ketchikan and Prince of Wales in 2015.

For Questions Contact: 
Dennis Watson General Manager Inter-Island Ferry Authority 
at 907-530-4800 ext. #27 or dwatson@interislandferry.com      



IFA Job Opportunities for 2016    IFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

 There are no employment positions open at the Inter-Island Ferry Authority at this time. Positions will be posted here as they become available, and the IFA does not accept applications unless a position is available. To obtain an IFA job application form for all positions Click Here

IFA BY THE NUMBERS 2014    Inter-Island Ferry Authority Generates Significant Economic Activity in 
                                            Southern Southeast Alaska View the full report by clicking here!


VETERANS TRANSPORTATION GRANT AWARDED 
BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of Veterans 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 again this year! 
Effective November 1, 2016, the IFA is authorized to issue both passenger and vehicle ticketing to qualifying Veterans traveling in conjunction 
with healthcare needs. Present your current Alaska Driver License or ID Card with VA endorsement, Armed Forces of the United States 
ID Card {Retiree}, VA Healthcare Card or VA Veteran’s Choice Card to qualify for this no-cost program. 

For Additional Grant Information:  Contact Dennis Watson 907-617-2800 or dwatson@interislandferry.com. For Reservation Information:Contact Reservations at 866-308-4848 or 907-225-4848 

Board of Director Information 

Please Select here for Board of Director contact, meeting and agenda information.
HomeRatesTerms & ConditionsRouteReservationsInformationTravel PlannerNewsContact

News                                                   Call Toll Free 866-308-4848
Copyright 2016 Alaska's Inter-Island Ferry Authority.  All Rights Reserved.
HomeScheduleRatesReservationsInformationTravel PlannerPhotosContactRoute


IFA BY THE NUMBERS 2016

ATTENTION: Press Release February 16, 2016 

Inter-Island Ferry Authority Generates More Than $50 Million in Economic Activity Annually
View the full report by Clicking Here!
  IFA Press Release-

The Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA)—a public ferry system providing daily service between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island—released a study today showing that the ferry system was responsible for $52.2 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 2015, the system generated $104 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 incudes direct and secondary impacts.
To view this publication, visit the IFA website at www.interislandferry.com. 

“We have always known that the IFA plays a significant socio-economic role in southern Southeast Alaska,” explains Dennis Watson, General Manager of the Inter-Island Ferry Authority. “However, it has not always been easy to convey this message. This publication concisely describes and calculates the economic and social impacts of daily 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 these                    systems, farebox revenue covers 53% of operational costs; however the IFA has a farebox recovery rate of 85%.

Tourism: Visitors coming to Prince of Wales Island on the ferry spend more than $10 million on the island annually.

Seafood: In a typical year, IFA transports three million pounds of high value seafood, with an associated harvest value of $15 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 4,500 ferry                        trips last year. These “medical tourists” spend nearly $9 million in Ketchikan hospitals each year.

Ketchikan Spending: Prince of Wales residents who ride the ferry spend millions 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: 320 jobs - in tourism, seafood, and transportation - and $7.1 million in workforce earnings on Prince of Wales Island                    are dependent on the IFA. 

Students: In 2015 students from 13 Alaska school districts made 3,100 trips on the IFA. Being able to participate in high school activities                    and sports travel is especially important for rural Alaska students. The system saves school districts approximately $300,000 per year in                    travel costs.

Children and Senior Citizens: By using the ferry, students, senior citizens, and younger children have saved a combined $17 million over                the price of flying since ferry operations began in 2002.

  Document summary:

The Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA) provides daily service on a three-hour, 36-mile route between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan. It ferries more than 50,000 passengers and 12,000 vehicles between Hollis and Ketchikan annually. The system is more than a form of transportation - it is an economic engine for southern Southeast Alaska, generating jobs, commerce, and tourism while also increasing community well-being. In 2015, the IFA brought 3,000 tourists to Prince of Wales Island, where they spent more than $10 million on hotels, fishing expeditions, and dining - generating hundreds of summer jobs across the island. It provides a means for the seafood industry to move millions of pounds of high-quality, high-value fresh and live seafood to market, creating hundreds more jobs. 

It provides access to health care for a thousand island residents who use Ketchikan’s medical services without the cost, inconvenience, or weather-related delays of flying. It shuttles workers to their jobs. It reinforces Ketchikan’s status as the regional economic hub, as Prince of Wales residents spent more than $14 million there in 2015 on groceries, goods, services, and medical care. 
The Inter-Island Ferry allows for cultural and social commerce as well. Students, tribal members, and other residents use the system to participate in basketball games, totem pole raisings, trainings, college fairs, celebrations, and funerals. There were 3,100 student trips last year. This allowed students from 13 different Alaska school districts the opportunity to challenge themselves and interact with their peers. It connects residents to family, friends, and recreation. 

The ferry is a critical piece of a more extensive transportation network. It provides transportation security on days when the skies are rough, and access to transportation to those who cannot afford alternative means. Nearly a quarter of the ridership last year were senior citizens and young children, who have saved a combined $17 million over the cost of flying since the system began in 2002. Its reliable arrivals and departures have enabled organizations to build their business models around this daily transportation connection. The result of the IFA’s efficient operations is farebox revenue that covers a full 85% of the ferry’s operational costs, a significant rate in the world of public transportation. 

The word businesses and residents most frequently use to describe the ferry service is “invaluable.” While there are many intrinsic values of the system that cannot be measured, an analysis of the ferry’s economic impact in the seafood, healthcare, visitor, transportation, and retail sectors shows an impressive $52.2 million combined impact in Ketchikan and Prince of Wales in 2015.

For Questions Contact: 
Dennis Watson General Manager Inter-Island Ferry Authority 
at 907-530-4800 ext. #27 or dwatson@interislandferry.com      



IFA Job Opportunities for 2017    IFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

 There are no available positions at the IFA at this time. The IFA only accepts applications when a position is available.  
To obtain an IFA job application form for all positions click here. 

VETERANS TRANSPORTATION GRANT

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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 again this year! 
Effective November 1, 2016 through May 10, 2017, the IFA is authorized to issue both passenger and vehicle 
ticketing to qualifying Veterans traveling in conjunction with healthcare needs. Present your current 
Alaska Driver License or ID Card with VA endorsement, Armed Forces of the United States 
ID Card {Retiree}, VA Healthcare Card or VA Veteran’s Choice Card to qualify for this no-cost program. 

For Additional Grant Information:  Contact Dennis Watson 907-617-2800 or dwatson@interislandferry.com. For Reservation Information:Contact Reservations at 866-308-4848 or 907-225-4848 

Board of Director Information 

Please Select here for Board of Director contact, meeting and agenda information.

IFA BY THE NUMBERS 2014    Inter-Island Ferry Authority Generates Significant Economic Activity in 
                                            Southern Southeast Alaska View the full report by clicking here!