as introduced - 81st Legislature (1999 - 2000) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to transportation; appropriating money for 1.3 planning and design of personal rapid transit. 1.4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.5 Section 1. [PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT.] 1.6 Subdivision 1. [DEFINITION.] For purposes of this section, 1.7 "personal rapid transit" means a system of small automated 1.8 vehicles running on demand, on narrow elevated guideways, 1.9 offering individuals direct nonstop trips. 1.10 Subd. 2. [APPROPRIATION.] $........ is appropriated in 1.11 fiscal year 2000 from the general fund to the commissioner of 1.12 transportation for the planning and design of a personal rapid 1.13 transit system in Minnesota. The commissioner shall: 1.14 (1) determine the most promising first application of 1.15 personal rapid transit by soliciting interest by municipalities 1.16 in such an application; 1.17 (2) determine line and station locations, ridership, costs, 1.18 and benefit-cost ratio; 1.19 (3) evaluate public opinion about the visual impact of the 1.20 system; 1.21 (4) investigate all institutional, political, social, and 1.22 environmental issues involved in the deployment of personal 1.23 rapid transit; and 1.24 (5) develop a plan for implementing personal rapid transit, 2.1 including financing for construction of the system.