DRIVE SMART Act

Delivering Reforms and Investments for Vehicle Efficiency and Supporting Motor carriers, Airports, Rails & trails and Transit agencies

Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35)
Chairman, Senate Transportation Committee

 

 

Reforms:

  • Study the PA Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) maintenance funding formula (S.R. 53 – Baker).
  • Create a short-term partnership with the Auditor General and the Treasurer to evaluate cost-saving measures at PennDOT.
  • Provide a roadmap towards testing driverless Highly Automated Vehicles.
  • Increase fines for traffic safety laws that receive the most violations, such as unregistered vehicles.
  • Save the PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) $175 million if they followed the same environmental regulations as PennDOT (S.B. 737 – Langerholc).
  • Provide a vehicle registration discount to subject vehicle owners who improved their air quality in the following counties: Blair, Cambria, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer and Westmoreland.
  • Reform the Public-Private Transportation Partnership (P3) statute and void the PennDOT Pathways Major Bridges P3 Initiative (S.B. 382 – Langerholc).
  • Require PennDOT to maintain stormwater systems in rural boroughs and towns (S.B. 283 – Hutchinson).
  • Reinstate the registration sticker (S.B. 410 – K. Ward).
  • Create the Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act (S.B. 435 – Mensch).
  • Enhance penalties for offenses in active work zones (S.B. 614 – Vogel).
  • Authorize an e-scooter pilot program in Pittsburgh (S.B. 783 – Langerholc and Costa).
  • Exempt the 5 newest model year vehicles from the emissions test (S.B. 777 – Langerholc).
  • Streamline the home delivery of agricultural products (S.B. 736 – Langerholc).

Investments:

  • Authorize PennDOT to bond for the Interstate Transportation Improvement Program under the innovative federal Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles (GARVEE) program ($2 billion).
  • Create a 5-year pilot program for Electric Vehicles to pay a Mileage Based User Fee ($0.03 per mile) or opt-out and pay an annual fee of $400.
  • Following S.B. 382Langerholc, encourage the P3 Board to consider only tolling the I-95 Gerard Point Bridge, which is the longest bridge in the State and includes a double-stack roadway ($600 million).
  • Dedicate a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to provide immediate relief for the design and construction of PennDOT’s highways and bridges.
  • Reduce the transfer from the Motor License Fund to the PA State Police (PSP) while ensuring a reliable, sustainable funding source for the PSP (S.B. 242-Pittman).
  • Provide uniform standards for “peer-to-peer” vehicle rental platforms (S.B. 548-Stefano).

Multimodal:

  • Dedicate a portion of ARPA for transit capital improvements to provide immediate relief to PTC.
  • Update Title 74 (Transportation) with an agreed-to proposal from rural and small urban transit agencies, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC) to better manage transit agencies across the Commonwealth.
  • Authorize local revenue generating options for SEPTA and PAAC.
  • Reallocate funding over 5 years from the Public Transportation Trust Fund to support intercity passenger rail facility upgrades.
  • Dedicate more funding from the Multimodal Transportation Fund for active transportation.
  • Establish Airport Land Development Zones (S.B. 562-Scavello and Langerholc).
  • Deregulate small airport hangar development (co-sponsorship memo-Langerholc)

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