Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Legislative Updates


In addition to furthering its own legislative initiatives, DRPT monitors agency and industry-related legislation as well as the Governor's Budget and proposed budget amendments throughout each General Assembly Session. 

2017 Virginia General Assembly Session

Legislative priorities for DRPT and the Secretary of Transportation for the 2017 General Assembly include:

  • Creation of the Metrorail Safety Commission Interstate Compact: (SB 1251/HB 2136)
  • Adoption of the Governor's Proposed Budget for the 2016-2018 Biennium: (HB 1500/SB 900)

DRPT receives requests from the General Assembly to conduct transportation-related studies and reports.  Below is a list of our most recent reports.

2017 Reports to the General Assembly

Annual Status Report on Rail Fixed Guideway State Safety Oversight Program Performance in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Transit Capital Projects Revenue Advisory Board Final Report

Review of the Costs and Funding Sources for a Potential Richmond to Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Study 

2016 Reports to the General Assembly

How Virginia is Using Transit and TDM to address Highway Congestion and SOV Travel

The Virginia Railway Express 2040 System Plan Review Report

2016 Bedford, VA Intercity Passenger Rail Service Study

2016 Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund Report

HB 1359- Transit Capital Project Revenue Advisory Board Interim Report to the Virginia General Assembly

To view reports and studies from past years, please follow this link

DRPT may also contribute to reports submitted by the Secretary of Transportation.  For a list of those reports, please follow this link.  


Chris Smith
Director of Policy, Communications and Legislative Affairs


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