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HF 958

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/25/2021 05:45pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 02/10/2021

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; statutorily appropriating ten percent of the trunk highway
fund to the corridors of commerce program; amending corridors of commerce
project selection criteria; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 161.04,
subdivision 1; 161.088, subdivision 5.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 161.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Compositionnew text begin; distributionnew text end.

new text begin(a) new text endThe trunk highway fund shall consist of
62 percent of the net highway user tax distribution fund as provided in article 14 of the
constitution; the proceeds of the sale of any bonds authorized by article 14 of the constitution;
money received from the federal government as aid in the construction and maintenance of
trunk highways; and any other money otherwise allotted, appropriated, or legislated therefor.

new text begin (b) Ten percent of the money transferred to the trunk highway fund from the highway
user tax distribution fund as provided in article 14 of the constitution is annually appropriated
from the trunk highway fund to the commissioner of transportation for the corridors of
commerce program authorized in section 161.088.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 161.088, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Project selection process; criteria.

(a) The commissioner must establish a
process to identify, evaluate, and select projects under the program. The process must be
consistent with the requirements of this subdivision and must not include any additional
evaluation criteria.

(b) As part of the project selection process, the commissioner must annually accept
recommendations on candidate projects from area transportation partnerships and other
interested stakeholders in each Department of Transportation district. The commissioner
must determine the eligibility for each candidate project identified under this paragraph.
For each eligible project, the commissioner must classify and evaluate the project for the
program, using all of the criteria established under paragraph (c).

(c) Projects must be evaluated using all of the following criteria:

(1) a return on investment measure that provides for comparison across eligible projects;

(2) measurable impacts on commerce and economic competitiveness;

(3) efficiency in the movement of freight, including but not limited to:

(i) measures of annual average daily traffic and commercial vehicle miles traveled, which
may include data near the project location on that trunk highway or on connecting trunk
and local highways; and

(ii) measures of congestion or travel time reliability, which may be within or near the
project limits, or both;

(4) improvements to traffic safety;

(5) connections to regional trade centers, local highway systems, and other transportation

(6) the extent to which the project addresses multiple transportation system policy
objectives and principles;

(7) support and consensus for the project among members of the surrounding community;
deleted text begin and
deleted text end

(8) new text beginthe time and work needed before construction may begin on the project; and
new text end

new text begin (9) new text endregional balance throughout the state.

new text begin The commissioner must give the criteria in clauses (1) to (8) equal weight in the selection
new text end

(d) The list of all projects evaluated must be made public and must include the score of
each project.

(e) As part of the project selection process, the commissioner may divide funding to be
separately available among projects within each classification under subdivision 3, and may
apply separate or modified criteria among those projects falling within each classification.