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SF 633

1st Engrossment - 84th Legislature (2005 - 2006) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; modifying provisions
relating to the use of freeway or expressway shoulders
by transit buses and authorizing the commissioner of
transportation to allow such use by metro mobility
buses; amending Minnesota Statutes 2004, section
169.306.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 169.306, is
amended to read:


169.306 USE OF SHOULDERS BY BUSES.

deleted text begin If deleted text endnew text begin(a) new text endThe commissioner of transportation deleted text beginpermits deleted text endnew text beginmay
permit
new text endthe use by transit buses new text beginand metro mobility buses new text endof a
shoulder of a freeway or expressway, as defined in section
160.02, in the seven-county metropolitan areadeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

new text begin (b) If new text endthe commissioner new text beginpermits the use of a freeway or
expressway shoulder by transit buses, the commissioner
new text endshall
new text begin also new text endpermit the use on that shoulder of a bus with a seating
capacity of 40 passengers or more operated by a motor carrier of
passengers, as defined in section 221.011, subdivision 48, while
operating in intrastate commerce.

new text begin (c) new text endBuses authorized to use the shoulder under this section
may be operated on the shoulder only when main line traffic
speeds are less than 35 miles per hour. Drivers of buses being
operated on the shoulder may not exceed the speed of main line
traffic by more than 15 miles per hour and may never exceed 35
miles per hour. Drivers of buses being operated on the shoulder
must yield to merging, entering, and exiting traffic and must
yield to other vehicles on the shoulder. Buses operated on the
shoulder must be registered with the Department of
Transportation.

new text begin (d) For the purposes of this section, the term "metro
mobility bus" means a motor vehicle of not less than 20 feet in
length engaged in providing special transportation services
under section 473.386 that is:
new text end

new text begin (1) operated by the Metropolitan Council, or operated by a
public or private entity receiving financial assistance from the
Metropolitan Council; and
new text end

new text begin (2) authorized by the council to use freeway or expressway
shoulders.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

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