The department shall allocate financial assistance to recipients for purposes of the public transit participation program according to the following order of priority:
first priority: operating costs for existing public transit systems;
second priority: capital costs for existing public transit systems; and
third priority: operating and capital costs for the provision of public transit services in a community or area not currently served by public transit.
To determine financial assistance, the department shall review an applicant's management plan and evaluate the proposed public transit system by considering:
the degree to which the proposed system meets the objectives of the public transit participation program;
the accessibility of the proposed system to the general public, including persons with disabilities;
the amount of local government and community support for the proposed system;
the plan for continuation of the proposed system after the first year; and
the plan for coordination of transit services in the geographical area.
The department shall evaluate the budget, service delivery and design, and administration of a public transit system. The department shall compare the past performance of a transit system to its current performance and to the performance of other similar transit systems. To measure the performance of a public transit system, the department shall consider cost efficiency, cost-effectiveness, service effectiveness, and quality.
The department shall approve a management plan for incorporation into a financial assistance contract after determining the reasonable costs of the proposed public transit system.
MS s 174.23
25 SR 61
August 8, 2013
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes