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Unalaska’s DMV reopened this week after almost two months.

The Division of Motor Vehicles closed when its only agent went on personal leave.

Now, Acting Director Jennifer Shockley said the Department of Public Safety has trained another staff member.

"We'll be able to do IDs, vehicle registrations, and Class D drivers licenses — both written testing and road testing," she said. 

For the time being, the DMV won’t offer road tests for motorcyclists or drivers of commercial vehicles, because the new agent hasn’t received that training yet.

Zoë Sobel/KUCB

With strong winds, rain, and snow on the horizon for the foreseeable future, the City of Unalaska is piloting a public bus route. This follows a fall trial that the Planning Department ran in August.

KUCB sat down with Planning Director Bil Homka to discuss the project and what they learned from the first run.

The city bus runs from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Jan. 13 through the 19.

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The only air carrier for the Pribilof Islands is asking for financial support to keep its remote market afloat.

PenAir has requested the U.S. Department of Transportation subsidize flights to St. Paul and St. George Islands, which are guaranteed Essential Air Service.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Between PenAir’s struggles and a new city bus proposal, transportation dominated the discussion at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

The Planning Department is piloting a bus route as part of its $5,000 transportation study.

Planning Director Bil Homka said the goal is to figure out how the city can help Unalaskans and visitors get around more easily.

Nancy Heise

While the M/V Tustumena sits in the shipyard for another two months, residents of southwest Alaska have another option for cargo service.

The Seattle-based Coastal Transportation company has offered to carry cargo along the Tustumena’s route while the ferry undergoes unexpected repairs.

“It doesn’t completely solve the problem, but it definitely helps to alleviate some of the crisis,” said Meadow Bailey of the Alaska Department of Transportation.

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