Transportation Committee (House)

Senate Transportation Committee

Summary

Meets on:  Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:  Delores McQuinn (Chair) – Les Adams – Terry Austin – Lamont Bagby – Rob Bell – Betsy Carr – Lee Carter – Karrie Delaney – Nick Freitas – Dan Helmer – Chris Hurst – Jay Jones – Dave LaRock – Jason Miyares – Kathleen Murphy – David Reid – Danica Roem – Wendell Walker – Jeion Ward – Vivian Watts – Scott Wyatt

13 Democrats and 8 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Agriculture
  • Chesapeake
  • Natural Resources

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NoteDetails on bills passed below are in the Heading “Bills passed”

  • HB 1828 Commissioner of DMV; powers and duties during a declared state of emergency.
  • HB 1846 License restrictions for minors; prohibition on use of handheld personal communications devices.
  • HB 1901 Online Virginia Driver’s Manual course; training school.

 

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Transportation Committee 2021 hearings
Virginia House of Delegates Video Streaming

Standing Committee: 1/14  1/21  2/2  2/16  2/18

Subcommittees: 

Motor Vehicles: 1/18  1/25  2/15

Transportation Innovation and General Topics: 1/26

Transportation Systems: 1/14  1/21  1/28

 

 

Should Virginia bus systems go fare free forever?
Virginia Mercury, Wyatt Gordon April 6, 2021 (Medium)

When the General Assembly created the Transit Rider Incentive Program (TRIP) as part of Gov. Ralph Northam’s 2020 transportation omnibus, the lion’s share of the funding was allocated to support new regional bus routes. With COVID’s cancellation of much commuter service across the commonwealth, those dollars are now being dedicated to TRIP’s secondary goal: fare free transit pilot projects.

With large localities like Lynchburg, Roanoke, Alexandria, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Fairfax County now expressing interest in eliminating bus fares for at least three years, could the shift to zero fares in Virginia become permanent?

Nearly every transit system in the commonwealth dropped fares last year as a public health measure in response to COVID, but until recently none had announced intentions to make that move to protect riders and operators more permanent. Based on the responses to a request for ideas DRPT issued to transit providers last fall, the list of bus systems seeking to stay fare free beyond the pandemic could soon grow substantially longer.

The Chief Executive of Pilot Company testified today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that with the right policy framework and incentive structure, fuel retailers provide the best opportunity for advancing alternative fuels, including electricity, into the marketplace.

Testifying on behalf of NATSO before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Pilot Company Chief Executive Officer Shameek Konar testified that truckstops and travel plazas are best positioned to own and operate EV charging stations and that the right alignment of policy incentives will ensure a faster, more widespread and cost-effective transition to alternative fuels, including electricity.

“A nationwide network of EV charging stations is well within our grasp, all it takes is a coherent framework of national policies that harness the core competencies of the utility and retail fuel sectors,” Konar testifie

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