as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 01/24/2012 12:33pm
A bill for an act
relating to highways; modifying provisions relating to toll lanes; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 160.845; 160.93, subdivisions 1, 2; repealing
Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 160.93, subdivision 2a.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 160.845, is amended to read:
(a) A road authority, including the governing body of a city, or a private operator
may not convert, transfer, or utilize any portion of a highway to impose tolls or for use
as a toll facility. A road authority, including the governing body of a city, or a private
operator may not limit operation of a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in section
169.011, subdivision 16, to a toll facility or otherwise require that a commercial motor
vehicle use the tolled portion of a highway.
(b) This section does not apply to (1) any toll facility or high-occupancy vehicle
lane constructed, converted, or established before September 1, 2007, (2) any additional
lane, including a priced dynamic shoulder lane, high-occupancy vehicle lane, or
high-occupancy toll lane, added to a highway after September 1, 2007, deleted text beginanddeleted text end (3) any other
general purpose lane that adds capacitynew text beginnew text end.
Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 160.93, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
To improve efficiency and provide more options
to individuals traveling in a trunk highway corridor, the commissioner of transportation
may charge user fees to owners or operators of single-occupant vehicles using dynamic
shoulder lanes as designated by the commissioner deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text beginnew text end any designated high-occupancy
vehicle lanesnew text beginnew text end. The fees may be collected using
electronic or other toll-collection methods and may vary in amount with the time of day
and level of traffic congestion within the corridor. The commissioner shall consult with
the Metropolitan Council and obtain necessary federal authorizations before implementing
user fees on a high-occupancy vehicle lane or dynamic shoulder lane. Fees under this
section are not subject to section 16A.1283.
Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 160.93, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
(a) deleted text beginExcept as provided in subdivision
2a,deleted text end Money collected from fees authorized under subdivision 1 must be deposited in a
high-occupancy vehicle lane user fee account in the special revenue fund. deleted text beginA separate
account must be established for each trunk highway corridor.deleted text end Money in the account is
appropriated to the commissioner.
(b) From this appropriation the commissioner shall deleted text beginfirst repay the trunk highway
fund and any other fund source for money spent to install, equip, or modify the corridor
for the purposes of subdivision 1, and then shalldeleted text end pay all the costs deleted text beginof implementing anddeleted text end
new text beginnew text endadministeringnew text beginnew text end the fee collection system deleted text beginfor that corridordeleted text endnew text beginnew text end.
(c) The commissioner shall spend remaining money in the account as follows:
(1) one-half must be spent for transportation capital improvements deleted text beginwithin the
corridordeleted text endnew text beginnew text end; and
(2) one-half must be transferred to the Metropolitan Council for expansion and
improvement of bus transit services deleted text beginwithin the corridor beyond the level of service
provided on the date of implementation of subdivision 1deleted text end.
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