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SF 3471

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/20/2020 04:19pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; establishing the metropolitan area active transportation
program; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 174.38,
subdivision 2; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 473.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 174.38, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Program established.

Subject to available funds, the commissioner must
establish a program to support active transportationnew text begin outside of the metropolitan area, as
defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2
new text end.

Sec. 2.

new text begin [473.248] METROPOLITAN AREA ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, "active transportation" means
bicycling, pedestrian activities, and other forms of nonmotorized transportation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Program established. new text end

new text begin Subject to available funds, the council must establish a
program to support active transportation within the metropolitan area.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Metropolitan area active transportation account. new text end

new text begin A metropolitan area active
transportation account is established in the special revenue fund. The account consists of
funds provided by law and any other money donated, allotted, transferred, or otherwise
provided to the account. Money in the account must be expended only on projects receiving
financial assistance under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Program administration. new text end

new text begin (a) The council must establish active transportation
program requirements, including:
new text end

new text begin (1) assistance eligibility, subject to the requirements under subdivision 5;
new text end

new text begin (2) a solicitation and application process that minimizes the burden on applicants; and
new text end

new text begin (3) procedures to award and pay financial assistance.
new text end

new text begin (b) The council must annually conduct a solicitation for active transportation projects
under the program.
new text end

new text begin (c) The council must make reasonable efforts to publicize each application solicitation
among all eligible recipients. The council must assist applicants to create and submit
applications, with an emphasis on providing assistance in communities that are historically
and currently underrepresented in local or regional planning, including communities of
color, low-income households, people with disabilities, and people with limited English
proficiency.
new text end

new text begin (d) The council may provide grants or other financial assistance for a project.
new text end

new text begin (e) The council is prohibited from expending more than one percent of available funds
in a fiscal year under this section on program administration.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Eligibility. new text end

new text begin An eligible recipient of financial assistance under this section
includes:
new text end

new text begin (1) a political subdivision; and
new text end

new text begin (2) a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as
amended.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Use of funds. new text end

new text begin The council must determine permissible uses of financial
assistance under this section, which are limited to:
new text end

new text begin (1) construction and maintenance of bicycle, trail, and pedestrian infrastructure, including
but not limited to safe routes to school infrastructure and bicycle facilities and centers; and
new text end

new text begin (2) noninfrastructure programming, including activities as specified in section 174.40,
subdivision 7a, paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Project evaluation and selection. new text end

new text begin The council must establish a project
evaluation and selection committee. The chair of the council must appoint one city council
member or mayor from each council district to serve on the committee. The committee must
establish a process to select projects that are competitive, criteria-based, and objective. The
process must include criteria and prioritization of projects based on:
new text end

new text begin (1) the project's inclusion in a municipal or regional nonmotorized transportation system
plan;
new text end

new text begin (2) the extent to which policies or practices of the political subdivision encourage and
promote complete streets planning, design, and construction;
new text end

new text begin (3) the extent to which the project supports connections between communities and to
key destinations within a community;
new text end

new text begin (4) identified barriers or deficiencies in the nonmotorized transportation system;
new text end

new text begin (5) identified safety or health benefits;
new text end

new text begin (6) geographic equity in project benefits, with an emphasis on communities that are
historically and currently underrepresented in local or regional planning; and
new text end

new text begin (7) the ability of a grantee to maintain the active transportation infrastructure following
project completion.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2020 and fiscal year 2021 is transferred from the general fund to the
active transportation account created in section 174.38, subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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