PHILADELPHIA, January 3, 2017 — State Sen. John Sabatina, who was sworn in to serve his first full term in the Pennsylvania Senate today, has been appointed to serve as Democratic chair of the Senate Transportation Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session.

The Senate Transportation Committee is responsible for considering legislation related to transportation issues and reviewing work related to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

“This is a significant committee that considers transportation issues impacting every corner of Pennsylvania. We are home to 120,000 miles of state and local highways and 32,000 state and local bridges and we have significant routes for interstate travel, so it’s crucial that they are properly maintained,” said Sabatina (D-Philadelphia). “While we are making progress on repairing our structurally deficient roads and bridges, Pennsylvania still lags behind other states in infrastructure stability. Investing in our infrastructure is not only an investment in public safety, but also good jobs.

“I’m looking forward to working with the committee members to debate important legislation that will sustain and improve our transportation systems,” he said.

The committee meets regularly when the Senate is in session and holds public hearings on timely matters throughout the year.

Sabatina was appointed to the Transportation post by Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny).