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HF 1698

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/04/2021 05:02pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to transit; defining light rail transit and streetcars; prohibiting use of state
funds for operating costs of future light rail lines; defining operating costs for
purposes of state share of light rail operating costs; prohibiting use of state funds
for capital costs of light rail; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 473.121,
by adding subdivisions; 473.4051, subdivisions 2, 3.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 473.121, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 37. new text end

new text begin Light rail transit. new text end

new text begin "Light rail transit" means an electrically powered passenger
train that operates on a fixed two-rail route. Light rail transit operates in a dedicated
right-of-way that is not shared with motor vehicles except for intersections where vehicles
may cross the tracks. Light rail transit does not include streetcars.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021, and
applies in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 473.121, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 38. new text end

new text begin Streetcar. new text end

new text begin "Streetcar" means a passenger car, other than light rail transit or
rail cars, that operates on a fixed two-rail route. Streetcars operate primarily in mixed traffic,
but may also operate in a dedicated right-of-way for a portion of a route.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021, and
applies in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 473.4051, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Operating costs.

(a) After operating revenue and federal money have been
used to pay for light rail transit operations, 50 percent of the remaining operating costs must
be paid by the statedeleted text begin.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a),deleted text endnew text begin for light rail transit lines in operation prior to July
1, 2021. For all light rail transit lines, light rail transit line extensions, or streetcar routes
that begin operations on or after July 1, 2021,
new text end all operating and ongoing capital maintenance
costs must be paid from nonstate sources deleted text beginfor a segment of a light rail transit line or line
extension project that formally entered the engineering phase of the Federal Transit
Administration's "New Starts" capital investment grant program between August 1, 2016,
and December 31, 2016
deleted text end.

new text begin (b) For purposes of this subdivision, operating costs consist of the costs associated with
light rail transit or streetcar system daily operations and the maintenance costs associated
with keeping light rail transit or streetcar services and facilities operating. Operating costs
do not include costs incurred to construct new buildings or facilities, purchase new vehicles,
or make technology improvements.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021, and
applies in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 473.4051, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Capital costs.

State money deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end not be used deleted text beginto pay more than ten percent
of
deleted text endnew text begin fornew text end the deleted text begintotaldeleted text end capital cost of a light rail transit project.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021, for
appropriations encumbered on or after that date and applies in the counties of Anoka, Carver,
Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.
new text end