LISTEN: It’ll take more than money to bring the Alaska Marine Highway back to life

Eoghan Fajardo, a member of Cordova High School’s cross-country running team, stands on the upper deck of the Alaska state ferry Aurora. (Photo by Nat Herz / Alaska Public Media)

For decades, the marine highway system was the main transportation option for southeast Alaska residents, tourists and local business. But the ferry system is completely offline right now, with residents facing empty shelves and upended plans. Temporary contractors may help in the short term, but what will it cost Alaskans and what’s the long term solution? We’ll discuss ideas to fix the ferry system on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Robert Venables, Executive Director, Southeast Conference
  • Mary Siroky, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Transportation

Read our related coverage of the ongoing ferry controversy.


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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