Jennifer DeBruhl appointed director of DRPT


Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web pageBookmark and Share

July 22, 2022

Department of Rail and Public Transportation
Contact: Amy Friedenberger
Phone: (804) 573-5270

Jennifer DeBruhl appointed director of DRPT
~ DeBruhl has over 25 years of distinguished public service to the transportation community ~

Jen DeBruhl headshot(RICHMOND): Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that Jennifer DeBruhl has been appointed to director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). DeBruhl had been serving as acting director of the agency since March.

DeBruhl also serves as a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, chair of the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority board, and as a board member for several transportation organizations around the Commonwealth. DeBruhl joined DRPT in 2016 as the Chief of Public Transportation following over 20 years of distinguished public service to the transportation community, at the Virginia Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration.

“I have known Jennifer DeBruhl for over ten years. She is an outstanding professional with a strong record of success,” Secretary of Transportation W. Sheppard Miller III said. “I cannot think of anyone better suited to build upon the great foundation at DRPT as it works to help the public transportation and rail industries emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than before. That is why I am so pleased that she has accepted this position”

At DRPT, DeBruhl led the evaluation, assistance, and execution of public transportation, commuter assistance, and congestion management programs throughout the Commonwealth through times of significant change. She played a significant role in implementing the reforms to Virginia’s Making Efficient + Responsible Investments in Transit (MERIT) program to bring accountability and transparency to public transportation funding. She was fundamental in implementing the Virginia Breeze intercity bus service in rural communities across the Commonwealth and spearheading the new Transit Ridership Incentive Program to expand regional connectivity and reduce barriers to transit use.

“I’m honored to be the next director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation as the agency marks its 30th anniversary,” DeBruhl said. “While the transit and rail industry has been challenged by COVID-19, Virginia has an opportunity to think about the best ways to serve residents moving forward, and I’m eager to work with our partners to find ways to improve. We’ll be focusing on metrics, evaluation, innovation, and accountability to provide useful services to the Commonwealth.”

DeBruhl has an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies, a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Certificate in Public Management, all from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Leadership APTA Class of 2018, Chair of the APTA State Affairs Committee and member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chair of the AASHTO Multi-state Transit Technical Assistance Program Steering Committee, and is a certified Project Management Professional.


About the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

DRPT’s mission is to improve the mobility of people and goods while expanding transportation choices in the Commonwealth through rail, public transportation, and commuter services. DRPT is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color, or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights.