as introduced - 81st Legislature (1999 - 2000) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
|Introduction||Posted on 03/08/2000|
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to transportation; changing the purpose of a 1.3 portion of bonding authority for light rail transit in 1.4 the Hiawatha corridor to design and construction of an 1.5 exclusive bus transitway in that corridor and 1.6 canceling the remaining authority; reducing earlier 1.7 appropriations; changing their purposes; amending Laws 1.8 1998, chapter 404, section 17, subdivision 3; and 1.9 section 27, subdivision 1; Laws 1999, chapter 240, 1.10 article 1, section 9, subdivisions 1 and 5; and 1.11 section 13, subdivision 1. 1.12 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.13 Section 1. Laws 1998, chapter 404, section 17, subdivision 1.14 3, is amended to read: 1.15 Subd. 3. Transitways
46,500,0006,500,000 1.16 (a) This appropriation is to match 1.17 federal and local funding for the 1.18 planning, design, engineering, and 1.19 construction of transitways in the 1.20 metropolitan area. 1.21 (b) $40,000,000 is for the preliminary1.22 engineering, final design, and1.23 construction of light rail transit in1.24 the Hiawatha Avenue corridor from1.25 downtown Minneapolis through1.26 Minneapolis-St. Paul International1.27 Airport and the site of the former Met1.28 Center or surrounding area with a1.29 terminus in southern Hennepin or1.30 northern Dakota county.1.31 The Hiawatha Avenue corridor management1.32 committee created pursuant to Minnesota1.33 Statutes, section 473.3994, subdivision1.34 10, shall establish an advisory1.35 committee of:1.36 (1) individuals who reside near the1.37 proposed corridor;2.1 (2) representatives of businesses2.2 located within one mile on either side2.3 of the corridor; and2.4 (3) elected officials, including2.5 legislators, who represent the area in2.6 which the Hiawatha corridor is located.2.7 The advisory committee shall advise the2.8 corridor management committee on issues2.9 relating to the preliminary2.10 engineering, final design, and2.11 construction of light rail facilities,2.12 including the proposed alignment for2.13 the corridor.2.14 (c)The funds in this paragraph must be 2.15 distributed as grants to appropriate 2.16 county regional rail authorities as 2.17 follows: 2.18 (1) $3,000,000 to match federal funding 2.19 for a major investment study, 2.20 engineering, and implementation in the 2.21 Riverview corridor between the east 2.22 side of St. Paul and the 2.23 Minneapolis-St. Paul International 2.24 Airport and the Mall of America; 2.25 (2) $1,500,000 to match federal funding 2.26 for a major investment study, 2.27 engineering, and implementation in the 2.28 Northstar corridor linking downtown 2.29 Minneapolis to the St. Cloud area and 2.30 to study the feasibility of commuter 2.31 rail and other transportation 2.32 improvements within the corridor; 2.33 (3) $500,000 to study potential transit 2.34 improvements and engineering studies in 2.35 the Cedar Avenue corridor to link the 2.36 Hiawatha, Riverview, and Northstar 2.37 transit corridors with Dakota county; 2.38 and 2.39 (4) $500,000 to develop engineering 2.40 documents for a commuter rail line from 2.41 Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul 2.42 through southern Washington county to 2.43 Hastings. 2.44 The commissioner of transportation, in 2.45 coordination with the North Star 2.46 Corridor Joint Powers Authority and the 2.47 St. Cloud area planning agency, shall 2.48 study the transportation needs within 2.49 the St. Cloud metropolitan area. 2.50 (d)(c) $1,000,000 is available as 2.51 grants to appropriate county regional 2.52 rail authorities to conduct major 2.53 investment studies and to develop 2.54 engineering documents for commuter rail 2.55 lines in the following corridors: 2.56 (1) the Young America corridor from 2.57 Carver county to Minneapolis and St. 2.58 Paul; 2.59 (2) the Bethel corridor linking 2.60 Cambridge with the Northstar corridor 3.1 in Anoka county; 3.2 (3) the Northwest corridor from 3.3 downtown Minneapolis to the Northwest 3.4 suburbs of Hennepin county; and 3.5 (4) other commuter rail corridors 3.6 identified in phase II of the 3.7 department of transportation's commuter 3.8 rail service study, except for the 3.9 corridors identified in paragraph (c). 3.10 The appropriation in this paragraph is 3.11 not available until the completion of 3.12 the commuter rail service study as 3.13 provided in Laws 1997, chapter 159, 3.14 article 2, section 51. The funds may 3.15 be made available only after approval 3.16 by the commissioner of transportation 3.17 of an application submitted by county 3.18 regional rail authorities that is 3.19 consistent with the results of the 3.20 commuter rail service study and 3.21 demonstrates a coordinated 3.22 implementation strategy. 3.23 Sec. 2. Laws 1998, chapter 404, section 27, subdivision 1, 3.24 is amended to read: 3.25 Subdivision 1. [BOND PROCEEDS FUND.] To provide the money 3.26 appropriated in this act from the bond proceeds fund, the 3.27 commissioner of finance, on request of the governor, shall sell 3.28 and issue bonds of the state in an amount up to 3.29 $463,795,000$423,795,000 in the manner, upon the terms, and 3.30 with the effect prescribed by Minnesota Statutes, sections 3.31 16A.631 to 16A.675, and by the Minnesota Constitution, article 3.32 XI, sections 4 to 7. 3.33 Sec. 3. Laws 1999, chapter 240, article 1, section 9, 3.34 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 3.35 Subdivision 1. To the commissioner of 3.36 transportation for the purposes specified 3.37 in this section 80,440,00070,400,000 3.38 Sec. 4. Laws 1999, chapter 240, article 1, section 9, 3.39 subdivision 5, is amended to read: 3.40 Subd. 5. Light Rail Transit 60,000,0003.41 Hiawatha Bus Way 50,000,000 3.42 This appropriation is to match federal3.43 money to construct light rail transit3.44 for design and construction of an 3.45 exclusive bus transitway in the 3.46 Hiawatha Avenue corridor , as provided3.47 in Laws 1998, chapter 404, section 17,3.48 subdivision 3, paragraph (b), and is3.49 added to that appropriation, as amended4.1 by article 2. This is the final state4.2 appropriation for the total4.3 construction of this project. 4.4 The commissioner may not spend this4.5 appropriation until:4.6 (1) the Hiawatha Avenue corridor4.7 project has received a "final design"4.8 designation by the Federal Transit4.9 Administration and a full-funding grant4.10 agreement has been executed with the4.11 Federal Transit Administration for4.12 funding the planning and capital costs4.13 of light rail transit in the Hiawatha4.14 Avenue corridor that provides funding4.15 of not less than $223,000,000 by the4.16 federal government and that includes4.17 any required local contribution from4.18 Hennepin county regional railroad4.19 authority, the city of Minneapolis and4.20 the Metropolitan Airports Commission;4.21 and4.22 (2) the commissioner has determined4.23 that no part of the construction costs4.24 of light rail transit in the Hiawatha4.25 Avenue corridor will be paid from4.26 property tax revenues of the4.27 metropolitan council or of any county4.28 or regional rail authority other than4.29 the Hennepin county regional rail4.30 authority.4.31 The commissioner and the chair of the4.32 metropolitan council shall jointly4.33 submit a report to the legislature by4.34 February 1, 2000, that sets forth a4.35 financial plan for paying the operating4.36 costs of light rail transit in the4.37 Hiawatha Avenue corridor for at least4.38 the first five years of operation.4.39 If the requirements of paragraph (1)4.40 are not met by May 1, 2000, for the4.41 "final design" designation or by4.42 January 31, 2001, for the full-funding4.43 agreement, this appropriation, any4.44 unspent portion of the $40,000,0004.45 appropriated by Laws 1998, chapter 404,4.46 section 17, subdivision 3, paragraph4.47 (b), as amended by article 2, and all4.48 state bond sale authorizations for the4.49 Hiawatha Avenue corridor, are canceled.4.50 Sec. 5. Laws 1999, chapter 240, article 1, section 13, 4.51 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 4.52 Subdivision 1. [BOND PROCEEDS FUND.] To provide the money 4.53 appropriated in this article from the bond proceeds fund, the 4.54 commissioner of finance, on request of the governor, shall sell 4.55 and issue bonds of the state in an amount up to 4.56 $139,510,000$129,510,000 in the manner, upon the terms, and 4.57 with the effect prescribed by Minnesota Statutes, sections 5.1 16A.631 to 16A.675, and by the Minnesota Constitution, article 5.2 XI, sections 4 to 7. 5.3 Sec. 6. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 5.4 Sections 1 to 5 are effective the day following final 5.5 enactment.