Malagari, Policy Committee examine transportation infrastructure

SOUDERTON, Aug. 14 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing in Souderton Borough on improving state infrastructure.

Malagari requested the hearing to discuss ways Pennsylvania can improve its infrastructure. Malagari was joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

“Today was a great experience listening to viewpoints from experts with varied backgrounds on what we can do to improve our aging infrastructure,” Malagari said. “In my district, we have stormwater issues that cause flooding roadways while roads and bridges need updated. In Montgomery County, and across the state, it’s crucial that our communities are interconnected. People need access to good jobs and health services, and this begins with investment in transportation infrastructure.”

Sturla added, “House Democrats are working on legislation to fund these projects and Restore Pennsylvania could help address these critical needs as well as create jobs. We need to make sure that our state’s infrastructure is updated and safer for all Pennsylvanians.”

The committee heard testimony from Jeffrey Knueppel, general manager of SEPTA; Kenneth McClain, PennDOT District 6 executive; Robert Drygras, general manager, PV Transport; Peggy Schmidt, executive director, Partnership TMA; and local government officials.

The meeting was one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, health care access, quality schools and jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com. Hearing testimony and video will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.