174.32 Transit assistance program.
Subdivision 1. Establishment; purpose. A transit assistance program is established to provide transit assistance within the state from the fund created in subdivision 2 to eligible recipients for transit service activities as provided in this section.
Subd. 2. Transit assistance fund; distribution. The transit assistance fund receives money distributed under section 297B.09. Eighty percent of the receipts of the fund must be placed into a metropolitan account for distribution to recipients located in the metropolitan area and 20 percent into a separate account for distribution to recipients located outside of the metropolitan area. Except as otherwise provided in this subdivision, the Metropolitan Council is responsible for distributing assistance from the metropolitan account, and the commissioner is responsible for distributing assistance from the other account.
Subd. 3. Eligible recipient. A legislatively established public transit commission; a public authority organized and existing under chapter 398A; a county or statutory or home rule charter city operating, intending to operate, or providing financial assistance to a transit service; a rail authority; or a private operator of public transit is eligible for assistance under the program. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, known as Amtrak, and any trolley system outside the metropolitan area are not eligible for assistance under the program.
Subd. 4. Eligible service. Transit services eligible for assistance under the program include but are not limited to:
(1) public transit;
(2) light rail transit;
(3) commuter van, car pool, ride share, and park and ride; and
(4) other services that further the purposes of section 174.21.
Subd. 5. Eligible activity. Activities eligible for assistance under the program include but are not limited to:
(1) planning and engineering design for transit services;
(2) capital assistance to purchase or refurbish transit vehicles, purchase rail lines and associated facilities for light rail transit, purchase rights-of-way, and other capital expenditures necessary to provide a transit service; and
(3) other assistance for public transit services.
Subd. 6. Investment of transit assistance fund money. For money deposited in the transit assistance fund on or after January 15, 1985, the commissioner of transportation shall certify to the State Board of Investment the amount of the transit assistance fund that in the judgment of the commissioner is not required for immediate use. The certified amount of the transit assistance fund not currently needed shall be invested by the State Board of Investment subject to section 11A.25. All investment income and all investment losses attributable to the investments must be credited to the transit assistance fund. The commissioner of finance is the custodian of securities purchased under this section.