House Transportation Committee Completes Series of Public Hearings on Senate Funding Plan, Says Hess

HARRISBURG – The House Transportation Committee, led by Majority Chairman Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon), today concluded four days of comprehensive hearings on Senate Bill 1, a multi-year transportation funding plan.

“The committee had the opportunity to hear from many varied stakeholders in the transportation arena who provided us with a wealth of information,” said Hess. “The time is at hand to thoroughly crunch the numbers involved with executing a transportation plan that will meet the needs of Pennsylvania, and on which the House, Senate, and the Corbett administration can agree.”

Hess said the committee heard from witnesses such as Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and representatives from mass transit agencies, construction and engineering interests, agriculture, trucking, rail freight and many others.

Hess said he is optimistic that an agreement can be reached on a comprehensive plan prior to the end of June.

“Talks on a complete plan are continuing, and these hearings are a vital part of the conversation on the future of transportation in the Commonwealth,” said Hess. “I am grateful for all of the planning and preparation put into the testimony and for the contribution to our efforts.”

Hess added the next step for the committee will be a vote to move legislation to the House floor.

Representative Dick Hess
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Raymond Smith
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