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                         Laws of Minnesota 1991 

                        CHAPTER 298-S.F.No. 598 
           An act relating to transportation; establishing state 
          transportation goals and requiring periodic revisions 
          of the state transportation plan; directing a study of 
          rail-highway grade crossings; establishing penalties 
          for violations of grade crossing safety laws; 
          authorizing the commissioner of transportation to make 
          grants and loans for the improvement of commercial 
          navigation facilities; establishing special categories 
          of roads and highways; authorizing local units of 
          government to advance funds for the completion of 
          highway projects; creating a transportation services 
          fund; specifying percentage of unrefunded motor fuel 
          tax revenue that is attributable to use on forest 
          roads; authorizing the use of local bridge grant funds 
          to construct drainage structures; requiring a report 
          on metropolitan transportation development and transit 
          development consistent with the report; creating a 
          light rail transit joint powers board; establishing a 
          paratransit advisory council; authorizing 
          transportation research; directing a study of highway 
          corridors; creating a transportation study board and 
          specifying duties; appropriating money; amending 
          Minnesota Statutes 1990, sections 103G.301, by adding 
          a subdivision; 162.02, subdivision 3a; 162.09, 
          subdivision 3a; 162.14, subdivision 6, and by adding a 
          subdivision; 169.26; 171.01, by adding a subdivision; 
          171.02, subdivision 2; 171.10, subdivision 2; 171.13, 
          subdivisions 1, 5, and by adding a subdivision; 
          173.13, subdivision 4; 174.01; 174.03, subdivision 2, 
          and by adding a subdivision; 219.074, by adding a 
          subdivision; 219.402; 221.033, by adding a 
          subdivision; 296.16, subdivision 1a; 296.421, 
          subdivision 8; 299D.03, subdivision 5; 473.373, 
          subdivision 4a; Laws 1990, chapter 610, article 1, 
          section 13, subdivision 5; proposing coding for new 
          law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 3; 160; 161; 162; 
          171; 219; and 473; proposing coding for new law as 
          Minnesota Statutes, chapter 457A. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 

                                ARTICLE 1

                         TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 174.01, is 
amended to read: 
    174.01 [CREATION; POLICY.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [DEPARTMENT CREATED.] In order to provide a 
balanced transportation system, which system includes including 
aeronautics, highways, motor carriers, ports, public transit, 
railroads and pipelines, a department of transportation is 
created.  The department shall be is the principal agency of the 
state for development, implementation, administration, 
consolidation, and coordination of state transportation 
policies, plans and programs. 
    Subd. 2.  [TRANSPORTATION GOALS.] The goals of the state 
transportation system are as follows: 
    (1) to provide safe transportation for users throughout the 
state; 
    (2) to provide multimodal and intermodal transportation 
that enhances mobility and economic development and provides 
access to all persons and businesses in Minnesota while ensuring 
that there is no undue burden placed on any community; 
    (3) to provide a reasonable travel time for commuters; 
    (4) to provide for the economical, efficient, and safe 
movement of goods to and from markets by rail, highway, and 
waterway; 
    (5) to encourage tourism by providing appropriate 
transportation to Minnesota facilities designed to attract 
tourists; 
    (6) to provide transit services throughout the state to 
meet the needs of transit users; 
    (7) to promote productivity through system management and 
the utilization of technological advancements; 
    (8) to maximize the benefits received for each state 
transportation investment; 
    (9) to provide funding for transportation that, at a 
minimum, preserves the transportation infrastructure; 
    (10) to ensure that the planning and implementation of all 
modes of transportation are consistent with the environmental 
and energy goals of the state; 
    (11) to increase high occupancy vehicle use; 
    (12) to provide an air transportation system sufficient to 
encourage economic growth and allow all regions of the state the 
ability to participate in the global economy; 
    (13) to increase transit use in the urban areas by giving 
highest priority to the transportation modes with the greatest 
people moving capacity; and 
    (14) to promote and increase bicycling as an 
energy-efficient, nonpolluting, and healthful transportation 
alternative. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 174.03, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 1a.  [REVISION OF STATE TRANSPORTATION PLAN.] The 
commissioner shall revise the state transportation plan by July 
1, 1993, and by July 1 of each odd-numbered year thereafter.  
Before final adoption of a revised plan, the commissioner shall 
hold a hearing to receive public comment on the plan.  The 
revised state transportation plan must: 
    (1) incorporate the goals of the state transportation 
system in section 174.01; and 
    (2) establish objectives, policies, and strategies for 
achieving those goals.  
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 174.03, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN.] After the adoption and 
each revision of the statewide transportation plan, the 
commissioner and the transportation regulation board shall take 
no action inconsistent with that the revised plan. 

                                ARTICLE 2

                           RAILROAD CROSSINGS
    Section 1.  [RAIL-HIGHWAY CROSSING IMPROVEMENT.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [STATE RAIL CORRIDOR AND RAIL CROSSING 
SAFETY STUDY.] The commissioner of transportation shall conduct 
a study of railroad-highway grade crossing safety and 
improvement in Minnesota. 
    Subd. 2.  [CONTENT OF STUDY.] The study must include: 
    (1) a method of determining the relative benefits of grade 
crossing warning and improvement to the railroad, to the road 
authority, and to the public, and cost-sharing guidelines; 
    (2) funding sources for grade crossing warning and 
improvement; 
    (3) grade crossing safety research needs; 
    (4) recommendations for statutory changes to improve grade 
crossing safety; 
    (5) the adequacy of existing and proposed methods of grade 
crossing safety, including: 
    (i) train visibility; 
    (ii) signal and warning device design; 
    (iii) a public reporting system for malfunctioning warning 
devices; 
    (iv) improved systems of crossing warnings; and 
    (v) recommendations for additional funds for rail crossing 
safety education; and 
    (6) methods for establishing statewide priorities for grade 
crossing safety and for implementing these priorities. 
    Subd. 3.  [REPORT.] The commissioner shall report to the 
governor and legislature no later than February 1, 1992, on the 
results of the study. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.26, is 
amended to read: 
    169.26 [SPECIAL STOPS AT RAILROADS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [REQUIREMENTS.] (a) When any person driving 
a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing under any of the 
circumstances stated in this paragraph, the driver shall stop 
the vehicle not less than ten feet from the nearest railroad 
track and shall not proceed until safe to do so.  These 
requirements apply when:  
    (1) a clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device 
warns of the immediate approach of a railroad train; 
    (2) a crossing gate is lowered warning of the immediate 
approach or passage of a railroad train; or 
    (3) an approaching railroad train is plainly visible and is 
in hazardous proximity.  
    (b) The fact that a moving train approaching a railroad 
grade crossing is visible from the crossing is prima facie 
evidence that it is not safe to proceed. 
    (c) The driver of a vehicle shall stop and remain standing 
stopped and not traverse the grade crossing when a human flagger 
signals the approach or passage of a train.  No person may drive 
a vehicle past a flagger at a railroad crossing until the 
flagger signals that the way is clear to proceed.  
    Subd. 1a.  [VIOLATION.] A police officer may arrest the 
driver of a motor vehicle if the police officer has probable 
cause to believe that the driver has operated the vehicle in 
violation of subdivision 1 within the past four hours. 
    Subd. 2.  [PENALTY.] (a) A person driver who violates this 
section subdivision 1 is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
    (b) The owner or, in the case of a leased vehicle, the 
lessee of a motor vehicle is guilty of a petty misdemeanor if a 
motor vehicle owned or leased by that person is operated in 
violation of subdivision 1.  This paragraph does not apply to a 
lessor of a motor vehicle if the lessor keeps a record of the 
name and address of the lessee.  This paragraph does not apply 
if the motor vehicle operator is prosecuted for violating 
subdivision 1.  A violation of this paragraph does not 
constitute grounds for revocation or suspension of the owner's 
or lessee's driver's license. 
    Subd. 3.  [DRIVER TRAINING.] All driver education courses 
approved by the commissioner of education and the commissioner 
of public safety must include instruction on railroad-highway 
grade crossing safety.  The commissioner of education and the 
commissioner of public safety shall by rule establish minimum 
standards of course content relating to operation of vehicles at 
railroad-highway grade crossings.  
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.13, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [APPLICANTS.] Except as otherwise provided 
in this section, the commissioner shall examine each applicant 
for a driver's license by such agency as the commissioner 
directs.  This examination must include a test of applicant's 
eyesight; ability to read and understand highway signs 
regulating, warning, and directing traffic; knowledge of traffic 
laws; knowledge of the effects of alcohol and drugs on a 
driver's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and legally; 
knowledge of railroad grade crossing safety; an actual 
demonstration of ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable 
control in the operation of a motor vehicle; and other physical 
and mental examinations as the commissioner finds necessary to 
determine the applicant's fitness to operate a motor vehicle 
safely upon the highways, provided, further however, no driver's 
license shall be denied an applicant on the exclusive grounds 
that the applicant's eyesight is deficient in color perception.  
Provided, however, that war veterans operating motor vehicles 
especially equipped for handicapped persons, shall, if otherwise 
entitled to a license, be granted such license.  The 
commissioner shall make provision for giving these examinations 
either in the county where the applicant resides or at a place 
adjacent thereto reasonably convenient to the applicant. 
    Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.13, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 1d.  [RAILROAD CROSSING SAFETY.] The commissioner 
shall include in each edition of the driver's manual published 
by the department a section relating to safe operation of 
vehicles at railroad grade crossings.  
    Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 219.074, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 3.  [CROSSING INVENTORY.] By December 31, 1993, the 
commissioner shall complete an inventory of all public and 
private grade crossings in the state and shall annually revise 
the inventory to reflect grade crossing changes made under this 
section.  
    Sec. 6.  [219.165] [SAFETY RULES AT PRIVATE RAILROAD GRADE 
CROSSINGS.] 
    By December 31, 1992, the commissioner shall adopt rules 
establishing minimum safety standards at all private railroad 
grade crossings in the state.  
    Sec. 7.  [219.384] [REMOVAL OF DANGEROUS OBSTRUCTIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [REMOVAL ORDERED.] If a railroad company, 
road authority, or abutting property owner fails to control the 
growth of trees or vegetation or the placement of structures or 
other obstructions on its right-of-way or property so as to 
interfere with the safety of the public traveling on a public or 
private grade crossing, the local governing body of the town or 
municipality where the grade crossing is located may, by notice, 
require the obstruction to be removed as necessary to provide an 
adequate view of oncoming trains at the crossings.  The 
commissioner shall adopt rules establishing minimum standards 
for visibility at public and private grade crossings.  
    Subd. 2.  [PENALTY.] A railroad company, road authority, or 
property owner that fails to comply with this section within 30 
days after being notified in writing is subject to a fine of $50 
for each day that the condition is uncorrected.  This penalty 
may be recovered in the manner provided in section 219.97, 
subdivision 5.  
    Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 219.402, is 
amended to read: 
    219.402 [ADEQUATE CROSSING PROTECTION.] 
    Crossing safety warning devices or improvements installed 
or maintained under this chapter as approved by the board, or 
the commissioner, whether by order or otherwise, are adequate 
and appropriate protection warning for the crossing. 

                                ARTICLE 3

                       PORT DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
    Section 1.  [457A.01] [DEFINITIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE.] For purposes of sections 1 to 6, 
the following terms have the meanings given them. 
    Subd. 2.  [COMMERCIAL NAVIGATION FACILITY.] "Commercial 
navigation facility" means (1) terminals and docks used for the 
transfer of property or passengers between commercial vessels 
and land, and supporting equipment, structures, and 
transportation facilities, (2) disposal facilities for dredging 
material produced by port development projects, and (3) 
buildings and related structures and facilities used by 
commercial vessels under construction or repair.  "Commercial 
navigation facility" does not include any commercial navigation 
facility that is (1) not on the commercial navigation system, or 
(2) the responsibility of the United States corps of army 
engineers or the United States coast guard. 
    Subd. 3.  [COMMERCIAL VESSEL.] "Commercial vessel" means a 
vessel used for the transportation of passengers or property.  
"Commercial vessel" does not include a vessel used primarily for 
recreational or sporting purposes. 
    Subd. 4.  [COMMISSIONER.] "Commissioner" means the 
commissioner of transportation. 
    Subd. 5.  [DREDGING.] "Dredging" means excavating harbor 
sediment or bottom materials, including mobilizing or operating 
equipment for excavating and transporting dredged material to 
the placing dredged material in a disposal facility. 
    Subd. 6.  [NAVIGATION SYSTEM.] "Navigation system" means (1)
the commercially navigable waters of the Mississippi River, the 
Minnesota, and the St. Croix rivers, (2) the commercial harbors 
on Minnesota's Lake Superior shoreline, and (3) the commercial 
navigation facilities on those waterways. 
    Subd. 7.  [PERSON.] "Person" means an individual, a 
partnership, a corporation, an association, or other 
organization or entity that applies for assistance under this 
chapter.  
    Sec. 2.  [457A.02] [PROGRAM ESTABLISHED.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [PURPOSE OF PROGRAM.] A port development 
assistance program is established for the purpose of: 
    (1) expediting the movement of commodities and passengers 
on the commercial navigation system; 
    (2) enhancing the commercial vessel construction and repair 
industry in Minnesota; and 
    (3) promoting economic development in and around ports and 
harbors in the state. 
    Subd. 2.  [COMMISSIONER TO ADMINISTER.] The commissioner 
shall administer the port development assistance program to 
advance the purposes of subdivision 1.  In administering the 
program, the commissioner may: 
    (1) make grants and loans to persons eligible under section 
3, subdivision 1, to apply for them; (2) make assistance 
agreements with recipients of grants and loans; and (3) adopt 
rules authorized by section 5. 
     Sec. 3.  [457A.03] [PORT ASSISTANCE.] 
     Subdivision 1.  [ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS.] Any person, 
political subdivision, or port authority, that owns a commercial 
navigation facility, may apply to the commissioner for 
assistance under this chapter. 
    Subd. 2.  [TYPES OF ASSISTANCE.] The commissioner may make 
loans to an eligible applicant if the commissioner determines 
that the project submitted by the applicant for assistance will 
serve either or both of the purposes stated in section 2, 
subdivision 1, clauses (1) and (2).  The commissioner may make 
grants, or a combination of grants and loans, to an eligible 
applicant if the commissioner determines that the project 
submitted by the applicant for assistance will serve either or 
both of the purposes stated in section 2, subdivision 1, clauses 
(1) and (2), and will also enhance economic development in and 
around the commercial navigation facility being assisted. 
    Subd. 3.  [STATE PARTICIPATION; LIMITATIONS.] The 
commissioner may not provide any assistance under this chapter 
for more than 50 percent of the nonfederal share of any 
project.  Assistance provided under this chapter may not be used 
to match any other state funds.  The commissioner shall not 
assume continuing funding responsibility for any commercial 
navigation facility project. 
    Sec. 4.  [457A.04] [ASSISTANCE AGREEMENTS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [AGREEMENTS REQUIRED.] The commissioner may 
not provide any assistance to a project under this chapter 
unless the commissioner has signed an assistance agreement with 
the recipient of the assistance. 
    Subd. 2.  [COSTS.] An assistance agreement must specify 
those project costs which may be paid in whole or in part with 
assistance from the commissioner.  Assistance agreements may 
provide that only the following costs may be so paid: 
    (1) final engineering costs on a commercial navigation 
facility project; 
    (2) capital improvements to a commercial navigation 
facility; and 
    (3) costs of dredging necessary to open a new commercial 
navigation facility project, and for disposal of dredged 
material. 
    The following costs may not be paid with assistance from 
the commissioner: 
    (1) the applicant's administrative, insurance, and legal 
costs; 
    (2) costs of acquiring project permits; 
    (3) costs of preparing environmental documents, feasibility 
studies, or project designs; 
    (4) interest on money borrowed by the applicant or charged 
to the applicant for late payment of project costs; 
    (5) any costs related to the routine maintenance, repair, 
or operation of a commercial navigation facility; 
    (6) costs of dredging to maintain an existing channel; and 
    (7) costs for a project that involves only dredging. 
    Subd. 3.  [INSURANCE; LIABILITY.] An assistance agreement 
must require the applicant to: 
    (1) provide a comprehensive general liability insurance 
policy, complying with minimum amount prescribed by the 
commissioner by rule, naming the commissioner and officers, 
employees, and agents of the department of transportation as 
additional insureds; and 
    (2) save and hold the commissioner harmless from and 
against all liability, damage, loss, claims, demands, and 
actions related to the project being assisted. 
    Subd. 4.  [PERFORMANCE AND PAYMENT BONDS.] An assistance 
agreement must require an assistance recipient to provide 
evidence of performance and payment bonds, satisfying all 
applicable legal requirements for the full amount of any and all 
construction contracts let by the applicant in connection with 
the project. 
     Subd. 5.  [REPAYMENT.] An assistance agreement must require 
the recipient to repay all or part of any assistance received, 
in an amount determined by the commissioner, if the project for 
which the assistance is provided: 
    (1) is not completed according to the terms of the 
assistance agreement, or 
    (2) is converted, during the period of time specified in 
the assistance agreement, to a use that is (1) inconsistent with 
the purposes of this chapter, or (2) inconsistent with the terms 
of the assistance agreement, or (3) not approved in writing by 
the commissioner. 
    Sec. 5.  [457A.05] [RULES.] 
    The commissioner may adopt rules that provide for: 
    (1) application procedures for assistance under this 
chapter; 
    (2) procedures for establishing deadlines for applications, 
and for notifying potential recipients of those deadlines; 
    (3) eligibility criteria for projects to be assisted; 
    (4) information required to be submitted with applications; 
    (5) contents of assistance agreements; 
    (6) any other requirement of this chapter; and 
    (7) any other requirement the commissioner deems necessary 
for the administration of this chapter. 
    Sec. 6.  [457A.06] [REVOLVING FUND.] 
    A port development revolving fund is established in the 
state treasury.  The fund consists of all money appropriated to 
the commissioner for the purposes of this chapter and all money 
received by the commissioner from repayment of loans made under 
this chapter. 
    Sec. 7.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Sections 1 to 6 are effective July 1, 1991. 

                               ARTICLE 4 

                             LOCAL HIGHWAYS 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 103G.301, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 5a.  [TOWN FEES LIMITED.] Notwithstanding this 
section or any other law, no permit application or field 
inspection fee charged to a town in connection with the 
construction or alteration of a town road, bridge, or culvert 
shall exceed $100. 
    Sec. 2.  [160.82] [STREETS AND HIGHWAYS WITHIN PARKS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITION.] "Park road" means that 
portion of a street or highway located entirely within the park 
boundaries of a city, county, regional, or state park. 
    Subd. 2.  [RESTRICTIONS.] A road authority may not make a 
change in the width, grade, or alignment of a park road that 
would affect the wildlife habitat or aesthetic characteristics 
of the park road or its adjacent vegetation or terrain, unless: 
    (1) the change is required to permit the safe travel of 
vehicles at the speed lawfully designated for the park road; or 
    (2) if the road is a county state-aid highway or municipal 
state-aid street, the change is required by the minimum 
state-aid standard applicable to the road. 
    Subd. 3.  [LIABILITY.] A road authority and its officers 
and employees, are exempt from liability for any tort claim for 
injury to persons or property arising from travel on a park road 
and related to the design of the park road, if: 
    (1) the design is adopted to conform to subdivision 2; 
    (2) the design is not grossly negligent; and 
    (3) if the park road is a county state-aid highway or 
municipal state-aid street, the design complies with the minimum 
state-aid standard applicable to the road. 
    This subdivision does not preclude an action for damages 
arising from negligence in the construction, reconstruction, or 
maintenance of a park road. 
    Sec. 3.  [160.83] [RUSTIC ROADS PROGRAM.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITION.] A "rustic road" is a road 
that is not on the state-aid system that has the following 
characteristics:  outstanding natural features or scenic beauty; 
an average daily traffic volume of less than 150 vehicles per 
day; year-round use as a local access road; and maximum 
allowable speed of 45 miles per hour. 
    Subd. 2.  [LOCAL AUTHORITY.] A road authority other than 
the commissioner may, by resolution, designate a road or highway 
under its jurisdiction a rustic road and the road authority may 
designate the type and character of vehicles that may be 
operated on the rustic road; designate the road or a portion of 
the road as a pedestrian way or bicycle way, or both; and 
establish priority of right-of-way, paint lines, and construct 
dividers to physically separate vehicular, bicycle, or 
pedestrian traffic. 
    Subd. 3.  [JOINT DESIGNATION.] Two or more road authorities 
may jointly designate a rustic road along a common boundary or 
into or through their jurisdictions.  The road authorities may 
enter into agreements to divide the costs and responsibility for 
maintaining the rustic road. 
    Subd. 4.  [COSTS.] A rustic road must be maintained by the 
road authority having jurisdiction over the road and is not 
eligible for state-aid funding.  State money must not be spent 
to construct, reconstruct, maintain, or improve a rustic road. 
    Sec. 4.  [161.361] [ADVANCE FUNDING FOR TRUNK HIGHWAY 
PROJECTS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [ADVANCE FUNDING.] A road authority other 
than the commissioner may by agreement with the commissioner 
make advances from any available funds to the commissioner to 
expedite construction of all or part of a trunk highway.  Money 
may be advanced under this section only for projects already 
included in the commissioner's highway work program. 
    Subd. 2.  [REPAYMENT.] Subject to the availability of state 
money, the commissioner shall repay without interest the amount 
advanced under subdivision 1, up to the state's share of project 
costs, at the time the project is scheduled for completion in 
the highway work program.  The total amount of annual repayment 
to road authorities under this section must never exceed the 
amount stated in the department's debt management policy or $10 
million, whichever is less. 
    Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 162.02, 
subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 3a.  [VARIANCES, RULES AND ENGINEERING STANDARDS.] 
The commissioner may grant variances from the rules and from the 
engineering standards developed pursuant to section 162.021 or 
162.07, subdivision 2.  A political subdivision in which a 
county state-aid highway is located or is proposed to be located 
may submit a written request to the commissioner for a variance 
for that highway.  The commissioner shall publish notice of the 
request in the state register and give notice to all persons 
known to the commissioner to have an interest in the matter.  
The commissioner may grant or deny the variance within 30 days 
of providing notice of the request.  If a written objection to 
the request is received within 20 days of providing notice, the 
variance shall be granted or denied only after a contested case 
hearing has been held on the request.  If no timely objection is 
received and the variance is denied without hearing, the 
political subdivision may request, within 30 days of receiving 
notice of denial, and shall be granted a contested case 
hearing.  For purposes of this subdivision, "political 
subdivision" includes (1) an agency of a political subdivision 
which has jurisdiction over parks, and (2) a regional park 
authority. 
    Sec. 6.  [162.021] [NATURAL PRESERVATION ROUTES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [ESTABLISHMENT.] (a) The commissioner shall 
establish a natural preservation routes category within the 
county state-aid highway system. 
    (b) Natural preservation routes include those routes that 
possess particular scenic, environmental, or historical 
characteristics, such as routes along lakes or through forests, 
wetlands, or flood plains, that would be harmed by construction 
or reconstruction meeting the engineering standards under 
section 162.07 or the rules adopted under that section. 
    (c) The commissioner shall adopt rules establishing minimum 
construction and reconstruction standards that address public 
safety and reflect the function, lower traffic volume, and 
slower speed on natural preservation routes.  The rules may not 
establish standards for natural preservation routes that are 
higher than the standards for national forest highways within 
national forests and state park access roads within state 
parks.  Design standards specifying the width of vehicle 
recovery areas on forest highways, forest and park roads, and on 
natural preservation routes must minimize harmful environmental 
impact.  
    Subd. 2.  [SIGNS.] Signs must be posted at entry points to 
and at regular intervals along natural preservation routes.  
Signs posted must conform to the commissioner's manual of 
uniform traffic devices.  Properly posted signs are prima facie 
evidence that adequate notice of a natural preservation route 
has been given to the motoring public. 
    Subd. 3.  [LIABILITY.] Where a county state-aid highway has 
been designated a natural preservation route and signs have been 
posted under subdivision 2, the state and the county with 
jurisdiction over the road and their officers and employees are 
exempt from liability for any tort claim for injury to persons 
or property arising from travel on the highway and related to 
its design standards for construction or reconstruction, if the 
design standards comply with the standards established by the 
commissioner under subdivision 1.  This subdivision does not 
preclude an action for damages arising from negligence in the 
construction, reconstruction, or maintenance of a natural 
preservation route. 
    Subd. 4.  [PUBLIC INFORMATION.] A county proposing a 
project on a county state-aid highway that is a natural 
preservation route that requires removal of the entire surface 
of the highway shall send to owners of property abutting the 
highway a written notice that describes the project.  The county 
shall hold a public meeting to discuss design and construction 
alternatives.  
    Subd. 5.  [DESIGNATION.] (a) The commissioner may designate 
a county state-aid highway as a natural preservation route only 
on petition of the county board of the county having 
jurisdiction over the road.  Within 60 days after a county board 
receives a written request to designate a county state-aid 
highway as a natural preservation route, the county board shall 
act on the request. 
    (b) The commissioner shall appoint an advisory committee 
for each construction district consisting of seven members:  one 
member of the department of natural resources, one county 
commissioner, one county highway engineer, one representative of 
a recognized environmental organization, and three members of 
the public.  The commissioner shall refer each petition received 
under this subdivision to the appropriate advisory committee.  
The advisory committee shall consider the petition for 
designation and make a recommendation to the commissioner.  
Following receipt of the committee's recommendation, the 
commissioner may designate the highway as a natural preservation 
route. 
    Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 162.09, 
subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 3a.  [VARIANCES, RULES AND ENGINEERING STANDARDS.] 
The commissioner may grant variances from the rules and from the 
engineering standards developed pursuant to section 162.13, 
subdivision 2.  A political subdivision in which a municipal 
state-aid street is located or is proposed to be located may 
submit a written request to the commissioner for a variance for 
that street.  The commissioner shall publish notice of the 
request in the state register and give notice to all persons 
known to the commissioner to have an interest in the matter.  
The commissioner may grant or deny the variance within 30 days 
of providing notice of the request.  If a written objection to 
the request is received within 20 days of providing notice, the 
variance shall be granted or denied only after a contested case 
hearing has been held on the request.  If no timely objection is 
received and the variance is denied without hearing, the 
political subdivision may request, within 30 days of receiving 
notice of denial, and shall be granted a contested case 
hearing.  For purposes of this subdivision, "political 
subdivision" includes (1) an agency of a political subdivision 
which has jurisdiction over parks, and (2) a regional park 
authority. 
    Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 162.14, 
subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 6.  [ADVANCES.] Any such city, except cities of the 
first class, may make advances from any funds available to it 
for the purpose of expediting the construction, reconstruction, 
improvement, or maintenance of its municipal state-aid street 
system; provided that such advances shall not exceed 40 percent 
of its last apportionment the city's total estimated 
apportionment for the three years following the year the advance 
is made.  Advances made by any such city shall be repaid out of 
subsequent apportionments made to such city in accordance with 
the commissioner's rules.  
    Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.14, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 5e.  [SPEED LIMIT ON PARK ROADS.] The political 
subdivision with authority over a park may establish a speed 
limit on a road located within the park.  A speed limit 
established under this subdivision on a trunk highway is 
effective only with the commissioner's approval.  A speed limit 
established under this subdivision must be based on an 
engineering and traffic investigation prescribed by the 
commissioner of transportation and must not be lower than 20 
miles per hour, and no speed limit established under this 
subdivision may reduce existing speed limits by more than 15 
miles per hour.  A speed limit established under this 
subdivision is effective on the erection of appropriate signs 
designating the speed limit and indicating the beginning and end 
of the reduced speed zone.  Any speed in excess of the posted 
speed is unlawful. 
    Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 221.033, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 4.  [VARIANCE.] The commissioner may adopt rules to 
provide a procedure to grant variances from regulations adopted 
under subdivision 1, and contained in Code of Federal 
Regulations, title 49, part 180.  The variances must apply only 
to cargo tanks with a capacity of 3,000 gallons or less that 
transport gasoline in intrastate commerce in Minnesota and were 
first used in transportation before August 1, 1991.  The 
commissioner shall establish inspection, testing, and 
registration requirements to ensure the safety of cargo tanks 
operated under a variance granted under this subdivision. 
    Sec. 11.  [BICYCLE FACILITIES.] 
    The commissioner of transportation shall seek federal 
funding under United States Code, title 23, section 217, 
subsection (b), for the establishment of facilities for bicycle 
transportation. 

                                ARTICLE 5

                         TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
    Section 1.  [161.041] [TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FUND.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [FUND CREATED.] A transportation services 
fund is created in the state treasury.  The fund consists of all 
money required or made available by law to be deposited in the 
fund. 
     Subd. 2.  [USES OF FUND.] Money in the transportation 
services fund may only be expended by appropriation for: 
    (1) activities of the commissioner of public safety 
relating to (i) driver licensing, (ii) motor vehicle 
registration and licensing, (iii) the accident reporting system; 
and (iv) the state patrol; 
    (2) activities of the commissioner of transportation 
relating to oversize and overweight permits, including the cost 
of necessary highway maintenance and preservation related to 
granting those permits; 
    (3) activities of the commissioner of transportation 
related to junkyard screening and control of outdoor advertising 
devices; 
    (4) activities of the transportation regulation board 
related to motor carrier regulation; 
    (5) repayment of money borrowed for new buildings, and 
improvements to existing buildings, of the department of 
transportation; 
    (6) railroad grade crossing protection studies, grade 
crossing inventories, and grade crossing public education; and 
    (7) activities of the transportation study board. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 173.13, 
subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4.  The annual fee for each such permit or renewal 
thereof shall be as follows: 
    (1) If the advertising area of the advertising device does 
not exceed 50 square feet, the fee shall be $20 $25 on July 1, 
1991, and $30 on July 1, 1992, and thereafter. 
    (2) If the advertising area exceeds 50 square feet but does 
not exceed 300 square feet, the fee shall be $40 $50 on July 1, 
1991, and $60 on July 1, 1992, and thereafter. 
    (3) If the advertising area exceeds 300 square feet, the 
fee shall be $80 $100 on July 1, 1991, and $120 on July 1, 1992, 
and thereafter. 
    (4) No fee shall be charged for a permit for official signs 
and notices as they are defined in section 173.02, except that a 
fee may be charged for a star city sign erected under section 
173.085. 
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 296.16, 
subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 1a.  [INTENT; FOREST ROADS.] $675,000 Approximately 
0.116 percent of the total annual unrefunded revenue from the 
gasoline fuel tax on all gasoline and special fuel received in, 
produced, or brought into this state, except gasoline and 
special fuel used for aviation purposes, is derived from the 
operation of motor vehicles on state forest roads and county 
forest access roads, and.  Of this sum, $400,000 amount, 0.0605 
percent is annually derived from motor vehicles operated on 
state forest roads and $275,000 0.0555 percent is annually 
derived from motor vehicles operated on county forest access 
roads in this state. 
    Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 296.421, 
subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 8.  [COMPUTATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF UNREFUNDED TAXES 
FOR FOREST ROADS.] The amount of unrefunded tax paid on gasoline 
and special fuel used to operate motor vehicles on forest roads, 
except gasoline and special fuel used for aviation purposes, 
is $675,000 annually 0.116 percent of the total unrefunded 
revenue from the tax on all gasoline and special fuel received 
in, produced, or brought into the state, and this revenue is 
appropriated from the highway user tax distribution fund and 
must be transferred and credited in equal installments on July 1 
and January 1 to the state forest road account established in 
section 89.70.  $275,000 of this amount An amount equal to 
0.0555 percent of the unrefunded revenue must be annually 
transferred to counties for management and maintenance of county 
forest roads. 
    Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 299D.03, 
subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 5.  [FINES AND FORFEITED BAIL MONEY.] (a) All fines 
and forfeited bail money, from traffic and motor vehicle law 
violations, collected from persons apprehended or arrested by 
officers of the state patrol, shall be paid by the person or 
officer collecting the fines, forfeited bail money or 
installments thereof, on or before the tenth day after the last 
day of the month in which these moneys were collected, to the 
county treasurer of the county where the violation occurred.  
Three-eighths of these receipts shall be credited to the general 
revenue fund of the county.  The other five-eighths of these 
receipts shall be transmitted by that officer to the state 
treasurer and shall be credited as follows: 
    (1) In the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, the first 
$275,000 in money received by the state treasurer after the 
effective date of this section must be credited to the 
transportation services fund, and the remainder in the fiscal 
year credited to the trunk highway fund. 
    (2) In fiscal year 1992, the first $215,000 in money 
received by the state treasurer in the fiscal year must be 
credited to the transportation services fund, and the remainder 
credited to the trunk highway fund. 
    (3) In fiscal years 1993 and subsequent years, the entire 
amount received by the state treasurer must be credited to the 
trunk highway fund.  If, however, the violation occurs within a 
municipality and the city attorney prosecutes the offense, and a 
plea of not guilty is entered, one-third of the receipts shall 
be credited to the general revenue fund of the county, one-third 
of the receipts shall be paid to the municipality prosecuting 
the offense, and one-third shall be transmitted to the state 
treasurer as provided in this subdivision.  All costs of 
participation in a nationwide police communication system 
chargeable to the state of Minnesota shall be paid from 
appropriations for that purpose. 
    (b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, all fines 
and forfeited bail money from violations of statutes governing 
the maximum weight of motor vehicles, collected from persons 
apprehended or arrested by employees of the state of Minnesota, 
by means of stationary or portable scales operated by these 
employees, shall be paid by the person or officer collecting the 
fines or forfeited bail money, on or before the tenth day after 
the last day of the month in which the collections were made, to 
the county treasurer of the county where the violation 
occurred.  Five-eighths of these receipts shall be transmitted 
by that officer to the state treasurer and shall be credited to 
the highway user tax distribution fund.  Three-eighths of these 
receipts shall be credited to the general revenue fund of the 
county.  
    Sec. 6.  Laws 1990, chapter 610, article 1, section 13, 
subdivision 5, is amended to read:  
Subd. 5.  Local Bridge Replacement  
and Rehabilitation                               5,600,000 
 This appropriation is from the state 
transportation fund. 
 (a) This appropriation shall be 
distributed by the commissioner of 
transportation as grants to political 
subdivisions for the construction and 
reconstruction of key bridges on 
highways and streets under their 
jurisdiction.  The grants shall not 
exceed the following aggregate amounts: 
(1) To counties                                 $3,304,000 
(2) To home rule charter and statutory 
cities                                           $ 784,000 
(3) To towns                                    $1,512,000 
 (b) The grants may be used by a 
political subdivision to: 
 (1) Construct and reconstruct key 
bridges under their jurisdiction; 
 (2) Match federal-aid grants for 
construction and reconstruction of the 
bridges; 
 (3) Pay the costs of preliminary 
engineering and environmental studies 
for the bridges; 
 (4) Pay the costs of abandoning an 
existing bridge that is deficient and 
is in need of replacement, but where no 
replacement is made; and 
 (5) Pay the cost of constructing a road 
or street that would facilitate the 
abandonment of an existing deficient 
bridge.  The construction of the road 
or street must be judged by the 
commissioner to be more cost-efficient 
than the reconstruction or replacement 
of the existing bridge; and 
 (6) Pay the cost of constructing a 
water retention structure that replaces 
an existing deficient bridge and is 
included in a county comprehensive 
water plan approved by the board of 
water and soil resources and the 
department of natural resources.  The 
participating cost is limited to the 
cost of drainage structures and roadway 
grading other than surfacing and is 
limited to an amount that does not 
exceed the cost of constructing a 
replacement bridge. 
    Sec. 7.  [APPROPRIATION.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [GENERAL APPROPRIATION.] $490,000 is 
appropriated from the transportation services fund as provided 
in subdivisions 2 and 3. 
                                          1992           1993   
Subd. 2.  Department 
of Transportation
(a) Conduct railroad 
crossing protection 
study                                   $ 60,000       $   -0-  
(b) Inventory railroad 
grade crossings                           50,000         50,000 
(c) Develop public 
education program                         20,000         20,000 
Subd. 3.  Transportation 
Study Board                              145,000        145,000*
    * (Subdivision 3 was vetoed by the governor.) 
    Sec. 8.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Section 1, 5, and 6 are effective the day after final 
enactment.  Sections 2, 3, 4, and 7 are effective July 1, 1991. 

                               ARTICLE 7 

                      METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.01, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 24.  [SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE.] "Special 
transportation service" means motor vehicle transportation 
provided on a regular basis by a public or private entity or 
person that is designed primarily to serve individuals who are 
elderly, handicapped, or disabled and who are unable to use 
regular means of transportation but do not require ambulance 
service, as defined in section 144.801, subdivision 4.  Special 
transportation service includes but is not limited to service 
provided by specially equipped buses, vans, and taxis.  Special 
transportation service does not include a volunteer driver using 
a private passenger vehicle that belongs to the volunteer. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.02, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [DRIVER'S LICENSE CLASSIFICATIONS, ENDORSEMENTS, 
EXEMPTIONS.] Drivers' licenses shall be classified according to 
the types of vehicles which may be driven by the holder of each 
type or class of license.  The commissioner may, as appropriate, 
subdivide the classes listed in this subdivision and issue 
licenses classified accordingly.  No class of license shall be 
valid to operate a motorcycle, school bus, special 
transportation service vehicle, tank vehicle, double-trailer or 
triple-trailer combination, vehicle transporting hazardous 
materials, or bus, unless so endorsed.  There shall be four 
general classes of licenses as follows: 
    (a) Class C; valid for: 
    (1) all farm trucks as defined in section 168.011, 
subdivision 17, operated by (i) the owner, (ii) an immediate 
family member of the owner, (iii) an employee of the owner not 
primarily employed to operate the farm truck, within 150 miles 
of the farm, or (iv) an employee of the owner employed during 
harvest to operate the farm truck for the first, continuous 
transportation of agricultural products from the production site 
or on-farm storage site to any other location within 50 miles of 
that site; 
    (2) fire trucks and emergency fire equipment, whether or 
not in excess of 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, operated by 
a firefighter while on duty, or a tiller operator employed by a 
fire department who drives the rear portion of a midmount aerial 
ladder truck; 
    (3) recreational equipment as defined in section 168.011, 
subdivision 25, that is operated for personal use; and 
    (4) all single unit vehicles except vehicles with a gross 
vehicle weight of 26,001 or more pounds, vehicles designed to 
carry more than 15 passengers including the driver, and vehicles 
that carry hazardous materials; and 
     (5) with a special transportation service vehicle 
endorsement, operating a motor vehicle providing special 
transportation service. 
    The holder of a class C license may also tow vehicles under 
10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. 
    (b) Class CC; valid for:  
    (1) operating class C vehicles; 
    (2) with a hazardous materials endorsement, transporting 
hazardous materials in class C vehicles; and 
    (3) with a school bus endorsement, operating school buses 
designed to transport 15 or fewer passengers, including the 
driver. 
    (c) Class B; valid for all vehicles in class C, class CC, 
and all other single unit vehicles including, with a passenger 
endorsement, buses. 
    (d) Class A; valid for any vehicle or combination thereof. 
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.10, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [ENDORSEMENTS ADDED.] (a) Any person, after 
applying for or receiving a driver's license and prior to the 
expiration year of the license, who wishes to have a motorcycle, 
school bus, special transportation service vehicle, tank 
vehicle, passenger, double-trailer or triple-trailer, or 
hazardous materials vehicle endorsement added to the license, 
shall, after taking the necessary examination, apply for a 
duplicate license and make payment of the proper fee. 
    Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.13, 
subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 5.  [FEE FOR VEHICLE ENDORSEMENT.] Any person 
applying to secure a motorcycle, school bus, special 
transportation service vehicle, tank vehicle, passenger, 
double-trailer or triple-trailer, or hazardous materials vehicle 
endorsement on the person's driver's license shall pay a $2.50 
examination fee at the place of application. 
    Sec. 5.  [171.323] [SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE 
DRIVERS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [DRIVER'S LICENSE WITH ENDORSEMENT 
REQUIRED.] No person shall drive a motor vehicle providing 
special transportation service within the seven-county 
metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, 
without having a valid class A, class B, or class CC driver's 
license with a special transportation service vehicle 
endorsement. 
    Subd. 2.  [QUALIFICATIONS; RULES.] The commissioner of 
public safety shall prescribe rules governing the procedures for 
issuance of a special transportation service vehicle permit and 
endorsement, which include the following provisions: 
     (1) Procedures for issuance of a special transportation 
service permit valid for not more than ninety (90) days upon 
proof that the applicant is not disqualified based on prior 
criminal convictions as described in this section. 
     (2) Procedures to issue a special transportation service 
vehicle endorsement if, within the permit period, the applicant 
provides proof of the completion of the training required by the 
commissioner of transportation under section 174.30. 
    (3) Procedures for withdrawal of an endorsement after 
issuance. 
    (4) Procedures for applicants to challenge the withdrawal 
or denial of an endorsement; and 
     (5) Procedures for issuance of a certificate of endorsement 
for a nonresident driving special transportation service 
vehicles in Minnesota. 
    Subd. 3.  [STUDY OF APPLICANT.] Before issuing or renewing 
a special transportation service vehicle endorsement, the 
commissioner shall conduct a criminal records check of the 
applicant.  The commissioner may also conduct a records check at 
any time while a person is so licensed.  The check shall consist 
of a criminal records check of the state criminal records 
repository.  If the applicant has resided in Minnesota for less 
than five years, the records check shall also include a criminal 
records check of information from the state law enforcement 
agencies in the states where the applicant resided during the 
five years before moving to Minnesota, and of the national 
criminal records repository including the criminal justice data 
communications network.  The applicant's failure to cooperate 
with the commissioner in conducting a records check is 
reasonable cause to deny an application or cancel a special 
transportation vehicle endorsement.  The commissioner may not 
release the results of a records check to any person except the 
applicant. 
    Subd. 4.  [DISQUALIFICATION FOR PRIOR CONVICTION.] No 
endorsement shall be authorized for any person unless the 
applicant or licensee: 
    (1) is not disqualified to receive a school bus endorsement 
due to criminal history; 
    (2) is not disqualified as a special transportation service 
driver under the rules of the commissioner of transportation 
promulgated under to section 174.30; and 
    (3) has a criminal record clear of conviction of offenses 
relating to vulnerable adult abuse under section 626.557. 
    Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 473.373, 
subdivision 4a, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4a.  [MEMBERSHIP.] (a) The board consists of 11 
members with governmental or management experience.  
Appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the 
senate.  Terms of members are four years commencing on the first 
Monday in January of the first year of the term.  
    (b) The council shall appoint eight members, one from each 
of the following agency districts: 
    (1) district A, consisting of council districts 1 and 2; 
    (2) district B, consisting of council districts 3 and 7; 
    (3) district C, consisting of council districts 4 and 5; 
    (4) district D, consisting of council districts 6 and 11; 
    (5) district E, consisting of council districts 8 and 10; 
    (6) district F, consisting of council districts 9 and 13; 
    (7) district G, consisting of council districts 12 and 14; 
and 
    (8) district H, consisting of council districts 15 and 16. 
    At least Six must be elected officials of statutory or home 
rule charter cities, towns, or counties.  Two of these officials 
must be county board members, each from a different county, and 
four must be elected officials of cities or towns.  Service on 
the board of a person who is appointed as an elected official 
may continue only as long as the person holds the office.  At 
least 30 days before the expiration of a term or upon the 
occurrence of a vacancy, the council shall request nominations 
for the position from relevant organizations of local elected 
officials, such as the association of metropolitan 
municipalities, the metropolitan intercounty association, the 
association of urban counties, and where applicable, the 
association of townships.  Each relevant organization shall 
nominate at least two persons for each position.  A local 
governmental unit that is not a member of an organization may 
submit nominations independently.  The council shall make its 
appointments from the nominations submitted to it to the extent 
possible consistent with the other requirements of this 
paragraph and with the appointment of a board that fairly 
reflects the diverse areas and constituencies affected by 
transit. 
    (c) The governor shall appoint, in addition to the chair, 
two persons, one who is age 65 or older at the time of 
appointment, and one with a disability.  These appointments must 
be made following the procedures of section 15.0597.  In 
addition, at least 30 days before the expiration of a term or 
upon the occurrence of a vacancy in the office held by a senior 
citizen or a person with a disability, the governor shall 
request nominations from organizations of senior citizens and 
persons with disabilities.  Each organization shall nominate at 
least two persons.  The governor shall consider the nominations 
submitted. 
    (d) No more than three of the members appointed under 
paragraphs (b) and (c) may be residents of the same statutory or 
home rule city or town, and none may be a member of the joint 
light rail transit advisory committee established under section 
473.3991. 
    Sec. 7.  [473.3997] [FEDERAL FUNDING; LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT.] 
    By July 1, 1992, the regional transit board, the regional 
rail authorities, and the commissioner of transportation shall 
jointly prepare any application for federal assistance for light 
rail transit facilities in the metropolitan area.  The 
application must be reviewed and approved by the metropolitan 
council before it is submitted.  The board, the rail 
authorities, and the commissioner must consult with the council 
in preparing the application.  The application may provide for 
metropolitan regional railroad authorities to design or 
construct light rail transit facilities under contract with the 
commissioner. 
    Sec. 8.  [473.3998] [LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT JOINT POWERS 
BOARD.] 
    A light rail transit joint powers board shall be formed 
under section 471.59 to implement light rail transit final 
design and construction of the corridors funded solely with 
federal and county funds.  The board shall consist of a voting 
member from the metropolitan transit commission, the department 
of transportation, the regional transit board, the metropolitan 
council, and the regional rail authorities of Hennepin, Ramsey, 
Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Scott, and Carver counties, plus an 
additional voting member from a county regional rail authority 
with a corridor in which final design has begun. 
    Sec. 9.  [ADVISORY TASK FORCE ON PARATRANSIT.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [CREATION; MEMBERSHIP.] The regional 
transit board shall establish a paratransit advisory task force 
under section 15.059, subdivision 6, consisting of the following 
members: 
    (1) two members representing the regional transit board, 
appointed by the chair of the board; 
    (2) two members representing the department of human 
services, appointed by the commissioner of human services; 
    (3) one member representing the department of 
transportation, appointed by the commissioner of transportation; 
    (4) one member representing the metropolitan transit 
commission, appointed by the chair of the commission; 
    (5) one member representing the council on disability, 
appointed by the council; 
    (6) one member representing nonprofit providers, appointed 
by the commissioner of human services; 
    (7) one member representing for-profit providers, appointed 
by the commissioner of human services; 
    (8) one member representing the senior community, appointed 
by the commissioner of human services; 
    (9) one member representing the metropolitan area, 
appointed by the chair of the metropolitan council; and 
    (10) two members representing users of paratransit, 
appointed by the chair of the board. 
    The committee shall expire December 31, 1991. 
    Subd. 2.  [ADMINISTRATION.] The regional transit board and 
the department of human services shall provide staff and 
administrative services for the committee.  The organizations 
whose representatives are listed in subdivision 1, clauses (4) 
to (8), shall provide information, staff, and technical 
assistance for the committee as needed. 
    Subd. 3.  [STUDIES.] The committee shall study the 
feasibility of consolidating and coordinating existing metro 
mobility service trips with existing department of human 
services medical assistance service trips in the metropolitan 
area.  The committee shall consult affected persons and 
organizations not represented by members appointed under 
subdivision 1, including day training and rehabilitation 
centers, nursing homes, and intermediate care facilities for the 
mentally retarded. 
    Subd 4.  [REPORT.] The commissioner of human services and 
the chair of the regional transit board shall jointly submit the 
report and recommendations to the legislature and the governor 
no later than December 31, 1991. 
    Subd. 5.  [DEFINITION.] For the purposes of this section, 
"metropolitan area" has the meaning given it in Minnesota 
Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2. 
    Sec. 10.  [APPLICATION.] 
    Sections 1 to 9 apply in the counties of Anoka, Carver, 
Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. 
     Sec. 11.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
     Section 6 is effective the day following final enactment. 

                               ARTICLE 8 

                         TRANSPORTATION STUDIES
    Section 1.  [161.53] [RESEARCH ACTIVITIES.] 
    The commissioner may set aside for transportation research 
in each fiscal year up to one percent of the total amount of all 
funds appropriated to the commissioner other than county 
state-aid and municipal state-aid highway funds.  The 
commissioner shall spend this money for (1) research to improve 
the design, construction, maintenance, management, and 
environmental compatibility of transportation systems; (2) 
research on transportation policies that enhance energy 
efficiency and economic development; (3) programs for 
implementing and monitoring research results; and (4) 
development of transportation education and outreach 
activities.  Of all funds appropriated to the commissioner other 
than state-aid funds, the commissioner shall spend 0.1 percent, 
but not exceeding $800,000 in any fiscal year, for research and 
related activities performed by the center for transportation 
studies of the University of Minnesota.  The center shall 
establish a technology transfer and training center for 
Minnesota transportation professionals.  
    Sec. 2.  [DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; CORRIDOR STUDIES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [FINDING.] The legislature finds that a 
system of improved highways between regional centers in greater 
Minnesota and the Twin Cities metropolitan area is needed to 
promote economic development and to enhance commercial access, 
personal mobility, and traffic safety in Minnesota.  It is 
therefore in the public interest to provide financing methods 
that accelerate construction of trunk highways linking regional 
centers in greater Minnesota with the Twin Cities metropolitan 
area.  
    Subd. 2.  [STUDY.] The commissioner of transportation shall 
study and report to the governor and legislature on the 
feasibility of establishing a comprehensive system of multilane 
divided highways connecting regional centers with the Twin 
Cities metropolitan area.  The study must include: 
    (1) existing highways on corridors between regional centers 
and the metropolitan area; 
    (2) improvements needed to bring the highways to expressway 
standards and the cost of the improvements; 
    (3) the role of these improvements in the department of 
transportation's trunk highway programming priorities; and 
    (4) a schedule for completing the improvements. 
    The commissioner shall complete the study and submit the 
report not later than January 15, 1992. 
    Sec. 3.  [3.8625] [TRANSPORTATION STUDY BOARD.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [BOARD EXTENDED; MEMBERSHIP.] A 
transportation study board is created.  The board shall consist 
of the following members:  
    (1) seven members of the senate, with not more than five of 
the same political party, appointed by the senate committee on 
committees; and 
    (2) seven members of the house of representatives, with not 
more than five of the same political party, appointed by the 
speaker of the house.  Appointments are for two-year terms 
beginning July 1 of each odd-numbered year.  Vacancies must be 
filled in the same manner as the original appointments.  
    Subd. 2.  [OFFICERS.] The board shall elect a chair and 
vice-chair from among its members.  The chair must alternate 
biennially between a member of the house and a member of the 
senate.  The vice-chair must be a house member when the chair is 
a senate member, and a senate member when the chair is a house 
member.  
    Subd. 3.  [STAFF.] The board may employ professional, 
technical, consulting, and clerical services.  The board may use 
legislative staff to provide legal counsel, research, 
secretarial, and clerical assistance.  
    Subd. 4.  [EXPENSES AND REIMBURSEMENT.] The members of the 
board may receive per diem when attending meetings and other 
commission business.  Members, employees, and legislative staff 
must be reimbursed for expenses actually and necessarily 
incurred in the performance of their duties under the rules 
governing legislators and legislative employees. 
     Subd. 5.  [EXPIRATION.] This section expires July 1, 1993. 
    Sec. 4.  [3.863] [DUTIES.] 
    The transportation study board shall perform the following 
duties:  
    (1) review and participate with the house of 
representatives and senate transportation committees in 
developing recommendations for state transportation policies; 
    (2) monitor state transportation programs, expenditures, 
and activities; 
    (3) review and participate in the coordination of 
legislative initiatives that affect state and local 
transportation agencies; and 
    (4) propose special studies to the legislature and conduct 
studies at the direction of the legislature.  
    Sec. 5.  [3.864] [SPECIAL STUDIES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [STUDIES.] The board shall conduct the 
studies in subdivisions 2 to 8 by January 1, 1993.  The board 
may request the commissioner of transportation to conduct any of 
the studies and report to the board and the legislature.  
    Subd. 2.  [HIGHWAY PLANNING PROCESS.] The board shall 
review the department of transportation's policies and 
procedures for identifying, evaluating, prioritizing, and 
implementing trunk highway development projects.  The board 
shall not propose, identify, or otherwise select any specific 
project or category of projects.  The board shall report to the 
legislature and the commissioner of transportation on the 
results of the study with recommendations to the commissioner of 
transportation on changes in the department's policies and 
procedures and to the legislature on changes in law governing 
those policies and procedures. 
    Subd. 3.  [HIGHWAY JURISDICTION.] The board shall conduct a 
study of the functional classification of all streets and 
highways in Minnesota.  The study shall include: 
    (1) development of a state jurisdiction plan, including: 
    (i) criteria for determining the functional class of every 
street and highway in the state; 
    (ii) identification of the appropriate jurisdiction of 
every street and highway, based on functional class; and 
    (iii) criteria for determining when jurisdiction should be 
based on factors other than functional class; 
    (2) recommendations for implementing the jurisdiction plan; 
and 
    (3) recommendations for changes in law to facilitate future 
jurisdiction transfers, including establishment of a highway 
jurisdiction board. 
    The board shall report to the legislature and the 
commissioner of transportation on the results of the study. 
    Subd. 4.  [LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT.] The board shall review and 
report to the legislature on preliminary engineering plans for 
light rail transit adopted by the commissioner of transportation 
under article 7. 
    Subd. 5.  [STATE-AID DISTRIBUTION.] The board shall study 
unresolved issues relating to distribution of the county 
state-aid highway fund and the municipal state-aid street fund.  
These issues may include, but are not limited to: 
    (1) formulas for distributing money; 
    (2) methods of measuring and quantifying the factors used 
in the formulas; 
    (3) the role of screening boards in the distribution of 
state-aid funds; 
    (4) methods to mitigate reductions in state aid resulting 
from changes in state-aid formulas and distribution procedures; 
and 
    (5) appropriate levels of state participation in the cost 
of constructing and maintaining county state-aid highways and 
municipal state-aid streets. 
    Subd. 6.  [LOCAL PARTICIPATION IN TRUNK HIGHWAY 
PROJECTS.] The board shall study the role of local units of 
government in funding trunk highway construction or 
reconstruction projects.  The study must recommend guidelines 
for local participation and the types of projects for which 
participation is feasible and desirable. 
    Subd. 7.  [INCREASED USE OF HIGH-OCCUPANCY VEHICLES.] The 
board shall study incentives for increasing the use of 
high-occupancy vehicles and shall evaluate: 
    (1) tax incentives to employees; 
    (2) tax incentives and other incentives to employers; 
    (3) parking charges designed to discourage single-occupant 
vehicles and promote high-occupancy vehicles; 
    (4) road pricing on freeways and other commuting routes; 
    (5) staggered work hours; 
    (6) expanded availability and reduced cost of regular-route 
transit; and 
    (7) increased use of demand-responsive transit to meet the 
needs of persons otherwise automobile dependent. 
    Subd. 8.  [LOCAL FINANCING STUDY.] Before the 1992 
legislative session, the board and the legislature shall study 
the use and effect of methods other than property tax revenues 
to finance local transportation improvements, including impact 
fees, transportation utility fees, and similar methods. 
    Sec. 6.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Sections 1 to 5 are effective July 1, 1991. 
    Presented to the governor May 30, 1991 
    Signed by the governor June 3, 1991, 4:50 p.m.