Markosek hosts Policy Committee hearing on transportation

MONROEVILLE, March 14 – State and local transportation issues were the focus of state Rep. Brandon Markosek’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Monroeville Municipal Building.

Markosek requested the hearing to discuss how state and local governments could improve public safety and the economy by investing in transportation improvement projects. He was joined by colleagues from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

“Pennsylvanians need structurally sound bridges and roads. Our families and friends should be able to travel safely to and from work, school, activities and home. I’m grateful to Chairman Sturla for bringing the committee to Monroeville to discuss how local transportation officials can worth with PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission to improve roadway safety for all,” Markosek said.

Sturla added, “While we work to improve public safety and Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges, we have to remember that there are hundreds of millions of Motor License Fund dollars being used to provide free local police coverage to about 28 percent of the population. If we could spend that money on its intended purpose of road and bridge projects, we could afford to bring more than $3 million additional to every single House and Senate district for road and bridge improvements.”

The committee heard testimony from: Cheryl Moon Sirianni, District 11 executive, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; Charles Duncan, director of legislative affairs, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; Katharine Kellemen, CEO, Port Authority of Allegheny County; Mary Ann Bucci, executive director, Port of Pittsburgh Commission; Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive; Richard Barcaskey, executive director, Constructors Association of Western PA; Chris Petrone, legislative director, Local 66 IUOE; and Dan Laird, project management/legislative outreach coordinator, A&A Consultants.    

The meeting is 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 job training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com.

For more information about the Policy Committee, go to www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.