State, local transportation issues focus of Mullins’ Policy Committee hearing

DUNMORE, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, today hosted his first House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on state and local transportation issues at the Dunmore Community Center.

Mullins was joined by state legislators from across the state including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

“Improving our roads and public safety are paramount. Today’s discussion brought local and state officials together to discuss how working jointly to mend our roadways and bridges can give our economy a boost while making our community safer,” Mullins said.

Sturla added: “I agree with Representative Mullins that this is a public safety and economic issue. As we work to find transportation dollars to fund these projects, it’s important that we find efficiencies in government. Money earmarked for transportation projects should be used for just that.”

The committee heard testimony from Richard Roman, bureau director for Maintenance and Operations/interim District 4 executive, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; John Pocius, member of Coordinating Committee and Steve Pitoniak, chairman of Technical Committee, both from the Lackawanna/Luzerne Metropolitan Planning Organization; Bob Fiume, executive director, County of Lackawanna Transit System; Carl Beardsley, executive director, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport; Charlene Wagner Doyle, director of administration, Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority; and Thomas Calpin, business agent, Ironworkers Local 404.

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 jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at

Go to for testimony and video from today’s hearing.