JUNEAU - Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Leo von Scheben outlined his department's goals with the House Transportation Committee.
He also discussed concerns about rising costs and work force retention during the nearly two-hour hearing Thursday.
But the hard part is still to come for von Scheben.
He and his deputies will return for some hearty discussion with a committee whose role will be far greater than last year when the Legislature was consumed on gas pipeline development and oil taxes.
Among the more difficult topics to be discussed in the future will be the financially-struggling Alaska Marine Highway System.