2013-04-25 / Local & State

Senate Plan Aids Drive To Achieve Solutions For Transportation

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/ Fulton/Huntingdon), majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee, issued the following statement last week on the unveiling of a Senate transportation plan this week:

“As we move forward in developing a modern transportation infrastructure improvement plan for Pennsylvania, the announcement of a Senate plan comes at a very good time. This aids in providing us a road map of sorts which outlines the ideas being thought of in that chamber. I applaud Sen. John Rafferty, the majority transportation chairman, for bringing this forward.

“In the days and weeks ahead, much work will be done to craft a bipartisan transportation proposal that will serve all of the residents of Pennsylvania. It is imperative that the House and Senate Republican and Democratic caucuses, and the administration, work together to achieve the best plan possible, and one that addresses all modes of transportation.

“All of this will take time, but we must complete a plan before the primary road and bridge construction season begins in earnest. The Senate must deliberate this plan. Its members will add their amendments and, at that point, the House will take this matter up with our chamber’s ideas. As we proceed, the plan will have changes, and there will be discussions with the Corbett administration.

“Obviously, there will also be input from interested stakeholders that will be taken into consideration. All of this must take place in an atmosphere of cooperation and determination to do what is right for our Commonwealth. I welcome this challenge in the time ahead of us.”

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