Transportation

An Act to reduce traffic fatalities (HD3006), filed with Representative Dave Rogers

In an era of increasingly multi-modal transportation, this bill is designed to make road usage safer for all: those in cars, those on bikes, and those on foot. Amongst a comprehensive suite of policies, the legislation establishes a safe passing distance to be observed by motor vehicles when overtaking a pedestrian or cyclist; establishes a uniform reporting tool be used by first responders on the scene of a crash involving a pedestrian or cyclist; requires bicyclists to place a red rear light on their bike when riding at night; requires hands free usage of mobile devices when driving; and allow municipalities to operate limited automated camera traffic enforcement systems with appropriate safeguards to protect privacy and prevent speed traps.

An Act promoting zero-emission vehicles (HD2795), filed with House Global Warming and Climate Change Chairman Frank Smizik

The transportation sector is by far the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Massachusetts.  To meet its legally required GHG reductions, Massachusetts needs a large-scale transition to electric and other zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).  The auto industry is responding to this need by bringing exciting, practical ZEVs to market and at the end of our last session we adopted path breaking legislation to promote development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.  This legislation would build on this progress by institutionalizing the state’s electric vehicle rebate program, direct DOER to establish an electric vehicle charging station rebate program, and require the utilities to file with the DPU proposals to offer time of use rates for electric vehicle charging.

An Act to promote transportation demand management (HD1705), filed with Representative Sean Garballey

This bill aims to reduce traffic congestion and pollution associated with large, new developments.   It would amend the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) process to include a requirement that any proposed building or development that generates more than 1,000 daily commuter trips or results in the construction of 300 new parking spaces must participate in a transportation management association (TMA), if one exists in the area.  TMAs provide a range of transportation demand management services, including shuttles, public transit incentives, ridesharing, parking management, flextime scheduling, and bicycle facilities.