160.276 TRAVEL INFORMATION ADVERTISING PROGRAM.
Subdivision 1. Leasing advertising space.
The commissioner of transportation may
lease advertising space within travel information centers and safety rest areas for the purpose
of providing information to travelers through travel-related commercial and public service
Subd. 2.[Repealed by amendment, 2004 c 295 art 2 s 7
Subd. 2a. Agreements.
The commissioner of transportation, by public negotiation or bid,
shall enter into agreements for the purposes of subdivisions 2a, 3a, and 8.
Subd. 3. Information facilities.
The commissioner may contract to permit a vendor to
construct, operate, and maintain additional information structures by and at the expense of
the vendor on state-owned lands within safety rest areas or travel information center areas.
All structures constructed by the vendor must meet or exceed specifications prescribed by the
commissioner of transportation and must satisfy the requirements of the State Building Code for
accessibility by the physically disabled. The vendor shall design all structures to enhance the site
and surroundings in a manner harmonious with the natural environment as determined by the
Subd. 3a. Insurance.
The commissioner shall require the vendor to obtain liability insurance
in an amount prescribed by the commissioner jointly insuring the state and the vendor against
any and all liability for claims for damage occurring wholly or partly because of the existence of
the vendor contract.
Subd. 4. Sites; advertising.
The commissioner shall determine the sites to be included in
this program and shall also determine the extent and location of space available for advertising
in each facility.
Subd. 5. Explore Minnesota Tourism.
The commissioner shall provide space free of charge
to Explore Minnesota Tourism for travel information centers. The commissioner shall not charge
Explore Minnesota Tourism for any regular expenses associated with the operation of the travel
information centers. The commissioner shall provide highway maps free of charge for use and
distribution through the travel information centers.
Subd. 6. Agreement requirements.
Each vendor agreement must contain the following
(1) that the vendor shall comply with Code of Federal Regulations, title 23, section 752 and
subsequent revisions pertaining to privately operated information systems;
(2) that at least 40 percent of the commercial advertising space must be offered initially for a
reasonable period of time to local advertisers who provide services for travelers within a 60-mile
radius of the safety rest area or travel information center;
(3) that the vendor shall make appropriate marketing efforts in an attempt to lease at least 40
percent of the commercial advertising space to local advertisers;
(4) reasonable performance standards, and maintenance standards for structures constructed
by the vendor; and
(5) limitations on advertising space within state-owned buildings or on state-owned property
in safety rest areas and travel information centers.
Subd. 7. Reasonable terms and conditions.
The commissioner of transportation may
require additional reasonable terms and conditions to be included in the vendor agreement,
including but not limited to provisions governing the renewal and termination of the agreement
and, in the event of termination, the rights of the state and the vendor in advertising contracts
and in buildings constructed by the vendor.
Subd. 8. Revenue.
The agreement may provide that the vendor pay a portion of the gross
revenues derived from advertising. These revenues must be paid to the state for deposit in the
safety rest area account established in section
. The commissioner of transportation
and director of the Office of Tourism may enter into an interagency agreement to define the
distribution of the revenues generated in this subdivision and subdivisions 2a and 3a.
History: 1980 c 494 s 2-4; 1986 c 444; 1991 c 345 art 1 s 78; 2004 c 171 s 17; 2004 c
295 art 2 s 7-9,15; 2005 c 56 s 1