Subdivision 1. Scope.
For the purposes of sections
the following terms
have the meanings given them.
Subd. 2. Commuter van.
"Commuter van" means a motor vehicle used in a ride-sharing
arrangement and used principally to provide prearranged transportation of persons for a fee to or
from their place of employment or to or from a transit stop authorized by a local transit authority:
(1) when the vehicle is operated by a person who does not drive the vehicle for that person's
principal occupation but is driving it only to or from that person's principal place of employment
or to or from a transit stop authorized by a local transit authority; or
(2) when the vehicle is operated for personal use at other times by an authorized driver.
Subd. 2a.[Renumbered subd 2c]
Subd. 2b. Elderly and disabled service.
"Elderly and disabled service" means transportation
service provided on a regular basis in urbanized or large urbanized areas and designed exclusively
or primarily to serve individuals who are elderly or disabled and unable to use regular means of
Subd. 2c. Metropolitan area.
"Metropolitan area" has the meaning given it in section
Subd. 3. Metropolitan Council.
"Metropolitan Council" means the council established
Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1994 c 628 art 3 s 209
Subd. 5. Operating deficit.
"Operating deficit" means the amount by which the total prudent
operating expenses incurred in the operation of the public transit system exceeds the amount of
operating revenue derived from the system.
Subd. 6. Paratransit.
"Paratransit" means the transportation of passengers by motor vehicle
or other means of conveyance by persons operating on a regular and continuing basis and the
transportation or delivery of packages in conjunction with an operation having the transportation
of passengers as its primary and predominant purpose and activity, but excluding regular route
transit. "Paratransit" includes transportation by car pool and commuter van, point deviation and
route deviation services, shared-ride taxi service, dial-a-ride service, and other similar services.
Subd. 7. Public transit or transit.
"Public transit" or "transit" means general or specific
transportation service provided to the public on a regular and continuing basis. "Public transit" or
"transit" includes paratransit and regular route transit.
Subd. 8. Regular route transit.
"Regular route transit" means transportation of passengers
for hire by a motor vehicle or other means of conveyance by any person operating on a regular
and continuing basis as a common carrier on fixed routes and schedules. "Regular route transit"
does not include transportation of children to or from school or of passengers between a common
carrier terminal station and a hotel or motel, transportation by common carrier railroad or common
carrier railroads or by taxi, transportation furnished by a person solely for that person's employees
or customers, or paratransit.
Subd. 9.[Repealed, 1Sp2001 c 8 art 2 s 76
Subd. 10.[Renumbered subd 15]
Subd. 11.[Renumbered subd 14]
Subd. 12. Rural area service.
"Rural area service" means a transportation service primarily
operated in an area having population centers of less than 2,500 persons.
Subd. 13.[Renumbered subd 2b]
Subd. 14. Small urban area service.
"Small urban area service" means a transportation
service operating in an area with a population between 2,500 and 50,000.
Subd. 15. Urbanized area service.
"Urbanized area service" means a transportation service
operating in an urban area of more than 50,000 persons but does not include elderly and disabled
service, as defined in subdivision 2b.
History: 1977 c 454 s 19; 1982 c 586 s 2; 1983 c 371 s 2; 1984 c 654 art 3 s 63-66; 1986
c 444; 2005 c 56 s 1