- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The state ferry system plans to close the bars on the six ships that have them.

The Alaska Marine Highway System estimates this will save the state more than $750,000 a year.

The rollout is expected to begin later this winter, with the change seen as the vessels are returned to service following their annual overhauls.

System spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says travelers will still be able to buy and drink alcohol in the cafeterias of those ships during meal hours.

He says the bar areas will be closed off but the lounge space will be available for travelers.

The move is the latest by the ferry system to reduce costs. It previously closed gift shops on ships and Woodrow says it also has taken steps aimed at reducing fuel costs.

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