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SF 3494

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/01/2022 08:20am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to transit; requiring the commissioner of transportation and the Metropolitan
Council to request approval to discontinue Northstar passenger rail operations;
requiring a report.

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

Section 1. new text beginREQUEST TO TERMINATE NORTHSTAR COMMUTER RAIL
SERVICE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of transportation.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Council" means the Metropolitan Council.
new text end

new text begin (d) "FTA" means the Federal Transit Administration.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Northstar" means the Northstar Commuter Rail line that provides rail passenger
service between downtown Minneapolis and Big Lake, including stops in Fridley, Coon
Rapids, Anoka, Ramsey, and Elk River.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Federal approval. new text end

new text begin Within 30 days of the enactment of this section, the council
and the commissioner must request approval from the FTA to discontinue Northstar
operations. As part of the request, the council and commissioner must specify that the state
will not reimburse the FTA or any other federal agency for federal funds spent on Northstar.
Within seven days of receiving a response to the request, the council and commissioner
must report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with
jurisdiction over transportation policy and finance on the outcome of the request. The report
must include a copy of the request submitted to the FTA and a copy of the FTA's response.
If the FTA grants the request, the commissioner and council must submit a plan to the chairs
and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over
transportation policy and finance on how Northstar will be terminated. The plan must be
submitted within 90 days after the FTA grants the request.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end