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SF 3517

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/01/2022 08:48am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; providing for termination of the Northstar Commuter
Rail line; making a contingent appropriation.

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

Section 1. new text beginNORTHSTAR COMMUTER RAIL TERMINATION.
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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.
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new text begin (d) "Northstar" means the Northstar Commuter Rail line that is operated by the council
to provide rail passenger service between downtown Minneapolis and Big Lake, and includes
any subsequent rail project or service that operates wholly or primarily in the same corridor.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Federal waiver. new text end

new text begin The council must immediately seek a federal waiver or similar
release of all obligations for payment to the United States Department of Transportation
related to the termination of Northstar.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Termination. new text end

new text begin The council and the commissioner must perform the following:
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new text begin (1) the council must decommission and permanently terminate all services related to
Northstar, including stopping all passenger service, closing all stations, and ending law
enforcement services provided by the Metropolitan Transit Police along the route;
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new text begin (2) the commissioner and the council must terminate all memorandums of understanding,
joint powers agreements, contracts, or any other agreement entered into with any public or
private entity pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 174.82 and 473.4057, for the planning,
development, construction, operation, or maintenance of Northstar to the fullest extent
permissible without a breach under the agreements;
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new text begin (3) pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 473.4057, subdivision 5, the commissioner
must immediately terminate any lease, license, assignment, right of access, or other agreement
provided to the council to develop, operate, and maintain Northstar;
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new text begin (4) the council must convey ownership in any real or personal property related to
Northstar that was previously owned and conveyed by the commissioner or Department of
Transportation under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.4057, subdivision 5, back to the
commissioner; and
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new text begin (5) the council and the commissioner must sell or otherwise dispose of all assets related
to Northstar, including but not limited to equipment, supplies, materials, rolling stock,
facilities, improvements, personal property, and real property, which must be conducted
pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.2975.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Deposit of funds. new text end

new text begin The commissioner and the council must deposit any revenue
received under subdivision 3 in the general fund.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and
applies in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.
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Sec. 2. new text beginNORTHSTAR TERMINATION PAYMENT OBLIGATIONS; CONTINGENT
APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin If the Metropolitan Council does not obtain a waiver or release of payment obligations
under section 1, subdivision 2, the amount necessary to make any payments required as a
result of the termination under section 1, subdivision 3, is appropriated in fiscal year 2023
from the general fund to the council for the required payments. This is a onetime
appropriation and is available until June 30, 2024.
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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