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HF 3697

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 03/17/2010 10:47am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; regulating design, accessibility, and maintenance of
transit shelters and stops; requiring access in special transportation service buses;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 473.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [473.41] TRANSIT SHELTERS AND STOPS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.
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new text begin (a) "Transit authority" means:
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new text begin (1) a statutory or home rule charter city, with respect to rights-of-way at bus stop and
train stop locations, transit shelters, and transit passenger seating facilities owned by the
city or established pursuant to a vendor contract with the city;
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new text begin (2) the Metropolitan Council, with respect to transit shelters and transit passenger
seating facilities owned by the council or established pursuant to a vendor contract with
the council; or
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new text begin (3) a replacement service provider under section 473.388, with respect to
rights-of-way at bus stop and train stop locations, transit shelters, and transit passenger
seating facilities owned by the provider or established pursuant to a vendor contract
with the provider.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Transit shelter" means a wholly or partially enclosed structure provided for
public use as a waiting area in conjunction with light rail transit, bus rapid transit, or
regular route transit.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Design. new text end

new text begin (a) A transit authority shall establish design specifications for
establishment and replacement of its transit shelters, which must include:
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new text begin (1) engineering standards, as appropriate;
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new text begin (2) maximization of protection from the wind, snow, and other elements, including
but not limited to (i) walls and barriers that fully extend to the ground or base of the
structure, (ii) entrances that are equivalently sized to regular doorways, and (iii) other
than entrances, a fully enclosed facility;
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new text begin (3) to the extent feasible, inclusion of warming capability at each shelter in which
there is a proportionally high number of transit service passenger boardings; and
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new text begin (4) full accessibility for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
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new text begin (b) The council shall consult with the Transportation Accessibility Advisory
Committee in establishing the specifications under this subdivision.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Maintenance. new text end

new text begin A transit authority shall ensure that bus stops and transit
shelters are maintained in good working order and are accessible to all users of the transit
system. This requirement includes but is not limited to:
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new text begin (1) inspecting automatic doors and entrances on at least a weekly basis and promptly
repairing or replacing any that are not functioning properly;
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new text begin (2) keeping transit shelters reasonably clean and free from graffiti; and
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new text begin (3) removing snow and ice in a manner that provides accessibility for the elderly and
persons with disabilities to be able to (i) enter and exit transit shelters and (ii) board and
exit transit buses and trains at the regular boarding and exit points at each stop.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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Sec. 2. new text beginSPECIAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE BUSES.
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new text begin By January 1, 2011, the Metropolitan Council, as defined in Minnesota Statutes,
section 473.121, subdivision 3, shall, in consultation with Transportation Accessibility
Advisory Committee, retrofit or replace all buses used in revenue service under Minnesota
Statutes, section 473.386, such that the first step in boarding the bus is located at a height
that is easily accessible to riders of the bus.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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Sec. 3. new text beginAPPLICABILITY.
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new text begin Section 2 applies in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey,
Scott, and Washington.
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