Kim and Rothman to co-chair Policy Committee hearing on automated shuttle vehicles Monday in Harrisburg

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards to testify

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will have a public hearing on automated shuttle vehicles.  

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol Building. Media and the public are invited to attend.

Kim requested the hearing to examine legislation that would enable the state Transportation Department to authorize the operation of an automated shuttle on an approved route. Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland, will sit with the Policy Committee as he has been working on this issue with Kim. Fellow state legislators, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver, will also be in attendance. Marshall has introduced H.B. 1078 to give PennDOT this authority.

After the hearing is over, legislators and the media can take a supervised ride on an automated shuttle. The current agenda is:

10 a.m.       Welcome and opening remarks

10:10 a.m.  Panelists:

  • Leslie Richards, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Steve D’Ettorre, deputy secretary of technology and innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
  • John Lawn, CEO, Hershey Entertainment
  • Eric Rensel, vice president of advanced mobility for Gannett Fleming and representing the Automated Vehicle Coalition

11 a.m.      Closing remarks