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H.523

AN ACT RELATING TO THE STATE’S TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

(a)  The state’s proposed fiscal year 2006 transportation program appended to the agency of transportation’s proposed fiscal year 2006 budget, as amended by this act, is adopted to the extent federal, state, and local funds are available. 

(b)  As used in this act, unless otherwise indicated, the term “agency” means the agency of transportation, and the term “secretary” means the secretary of transportation.  As used in this act, the table heading “As Proposed” means the transportation program referenced in subsection (a) of this section; the table heading “As Amended” means the amendments as made by this act; the table heading “Change” means the difference obtained by subtracting the “As Proposed” figure from the “As Amended” figure; the term “change” or “changes” in the text refers to the project- and program-specific amendments, the aggregate sum of which equals the net “Change” in the applicable table heading; and the table heading “Special funds” refers to the Vermont bridge common sense fund.

* * * Finance and Administration * * *

Sec. 2.  FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Total authorized spending in the finance and administration program is modified as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed     As Amended           Change  

              Total                     10,263,348      10,169,348            -94,000

            Source of Funds

              State                       9,715,292        9,621,292            -94,000

              Federal                      548,056           548,056                      0

* * * Program Development * * *

Sec. 3.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Total authorized spending in program development is modified as follows.  The “As Amended” figures in the table below incorporate all other changes made in this act to sub-programs within program development (excluding all specifically authorized conversions of fiscal year 2005 funds for use in the fiscal year 2006 transportation program because the use of such funds in fiscal year 2006 is separately authorized).  The changes in this section are made to clarify that for purposes of spending and appropriations authority, the paving, state bridge, and interstate bridge programs are not included within program development.

FY06                         As Proposed     As Amended          Change  

Total                          156,573,204       81,152,283    -74,420,921

Source of Funds

State                            30,567,341       16,568,828    -13,998,513

Federal                      124,111,187       63,546,088    -60,565,099

Local                             1,894,676         2,037,367          142,691

* * * Paving Program * * *

Sec. 4.  PAVING PROGRAM

(a)  Total authorized spending in the paving program is modified as follows:

FY06                         As Proposed     As Amended          Change  

Total                            40,001,250       39,748,862         -252,388

Source of Funds

State                              7,369,250         7,116,862         -252,388

Federal                        32,632,000       32,632,000                     0

(b)  These changes are made

(1)  to clarify that for purposes of spending and appropriations authority, the paving program is independent of program development;

(2)  to reduce funding of the level and seal program by $500,000 in transportation funds, from $850,000 to $350,000; and

(3)  to add funding in the amount of $247,612 in transportation funds for the Waterville-Belvidere VT 109 STP2219(1)S project. 

* * * State and Interstate Bridges * * *

Sec. 5.  STATE AND INTERSTATE BRIDGES

The following modifications are made to the state and interstate bridge programs:

(1)  Authorized spending for the Putney IM 091-1(31) interstate project (Bridge No. 17, I-91 under US 5) is amended to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed     As Amended           Change  

              Construction           2,257,756                  0           -2,257,756

              Total                       2,257,756                  0           -2,257,756

            Source of Funds

              State                          225,776                  0              -225,776

              Federal                   2,031,980                  0           -2,031,980

(2)  Authorized spending on interstate bridge development and evaluation is amended to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed     As Amended           Change  

              Other                         410,000       204,500              -205,500

              Total                          410,000       204,500              -205,500

            Source of Funds

              State                            41,000         20,450                -20,550

              Federal                      369,000       184,050              -184,950

(3)  The following projects and their associated funding as approved or amended by this act are moved to the Vermont bridge common sense program:

System         Project             Project Number            Description

Interstate Bolton                   IM 090-2(29)              Rehab BR#51, I-89 Bolton

Interstate Putney                   IM 091-1(31)              Rehab bridge #17, I-91

State            Cambridge       BHF 030-2(19)S         Rehab BR20, Lamoille                                                                                         River

(4)  Total authorized spending in the state and interstate bridge programs, including the changes made in subdivisions (1) - (3) of this section, are consolidated into the state bridge program as follows.  This change is made to clarify that for purposes of spending and appropriations authority, the state and interstate bridge programs are independent of program development:

              FY06                  As Proposed     As Amended           Change  

              Total                     32,450,648      26,552,332       -5,898,316

            Source of Funds

              State                       5,327,851        4,685,914          -641,937

              Federal                 27,122,797      21,866,418       -5,256,379

* * * Program Development − Roadway Program * * *

Sec. 6.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT − ROADWAY PROGRAM

The following modifications are made to the program development − roadway program:

(1)  Spending authority for the Hardwick ST 030-3(4) project (bank stabilization along VT 15 in landslide area easterly of Hardwick village) is added to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              Construction                                  140,000                140,000

              Total                                             140,000                140,000

            Source of Funds

              State                                             140,000                140,000

(2)  Fiscal year 2005 funding for construction of the Hubbardton ST 0161(23) project (reconstruction of VT 30 to prevent periodic flooding of roadway) in the amount of $300,000 in state funds shall carry forward and be utilized in the fiscal year 2006 program development program.

(3)  Spending authority for the Hubbardton ST 0161(23) project is added to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              Construction                                  700,000                700,000

              Total                                             700,000                700,000

            Source of Funds

              State                                             140,000                140,000

              Federal                                          560,000                560,000

(4)  Spending authority for the North Bennington STP 9646(1) S project (reconstruction of Water Street/TH 2/VT 67A) is added to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              Construction                                   1,280,764        1,280,764

              Total                                               1,280,764        1,280,764

            Source of Funds

              State                                             140,653                140,653

              Federal                                       1,125,224             1,125,224

              Local                                               14,887                  14,887

(5)  Spending authority for the Lunenburg STP 2301(1) S project is added to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              Construction                                      223,636           223,636

              Total                                                  223,636           223,636

            Source of Funds

              State                                                  223,636           223,636

(6)  Spending authority for the Burlington Champlain Parkway MEGC M 5000(1) C/2 and C/6 project is amended to read:

FY06                                  As Proposed     As Amended          Change

PE                                           1,000,000                      0     -1,000,000

PE or Construction                                             300,000         300,000

Total                                       1,000,000           300,000        -700,000

Source of Funds

State                                            30,000               9,000          -21,000

Federal                                      950,000           285,000        -665,000

Local                                           20,000               6,000          -14,000

(7)  Spending authority for the South Burlington Airport Drive project is added as follows.  This authority is subject to the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) approval of the project for inclusion in the MPO’s current transportation improvement plan (TIP) by July 1, 2005.  In the event the project is not included in the MPO TIP by this date, the funds shall be utilized to advance the Burlington Champlain Parkway MEGC M 5000(1) C/2 and C/6 project.

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              PE                                                     200,000           200,000

              Construction                                                 0                      0

              Total                                                  200,000           200,000

            Source of Funds

              State                                                    20,000             20,000

              Federal                                              160,000           160,000

              Local                                                   20,000             20,000

(8)  Due to anticipated scheduling delays, spending authority for the Cabot-Danville FEGC F 028-3(26)C/1 is amended to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              PE                               50,000             50,000                      0

              Construction              500,000                      0          -500,000

              Total                          550,000             50,000          -500,000

            Source of Funds

              State                            27,500               2,500            -25,000

              Federal                      522,500             47,500          -475,000

(9)  Spending authority for the Old Bennington STP 1400(5) is added to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              Construction                                      840,088           840,088

              Total                                                  840,088           840,088

            Source of Funds

              State                                                    79,810             79,810

              Federal                                              638,474           638,474

              Local                                                 121,804           121,804

(10)  Spending authority for the Waterbury Main Street FEGC F013‑4(13) project is amended to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              PE                             100,000           100,000                      0

              ROW                        100,000           112,000             12,000

              Total                          200,000           212,000             12,000

            Source of Funds

              State                              6,000             18,000             12,000

              Federal                      190,000           190,000                      0

              Local                             4,000               4,000                      0

* * * Park and Ride Facilities * * *

Sec. 7.  PARK AND RIDE FACILITIES PROGRAM

The following modifications are made to the park and ride facilities program.  Fiscal year 2005 funding for construction of the Ferrisburgh CMG Park (15) facility in the amount of $310,000 in state funds shall carry forward and be utilized in the fiscal year 2006 program development program.  Construction of the facility shall proceed over a two‑fiscal‑year period.

* * * Interstate Rest Areas * * *

Sec. 8.  INTERSTATE REST AREAS PROGRAM

The following modifications are made to the interstate rest areas program:

(1)  Fiscal year 2005 funding for the design and construction of the Hartford I-91 rest area sewer line project in the amount of $45,400 in state funds shall carry forward and be utilized in the fiscal year 2006 transportation program.

(2)  Authorized spending on statewide improvements to rest areas is amended to read as follows.  All changes concern the Hartford I-91 rest area sewer line project.

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              Other                         476,100         67,500              -408,600

              Total                          476,100         67,500              -408,600

            Source of Funds

              State                                                                                     0

              Federal                      476,100         67,500              -408,600

(3)  With respect to the Hartford I-91 rest area sewer line project, buildings and general services shall analyze alternative route, ownership, and cost‑sharing options.  Spending authority for this analysis is added as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              Other                                              50,000                  50,000

              Total                                               50,000                  50,000

            Source of Funds

              State                                                 5,000                    5,000

              Federal                                            45,000                  45,000

* * * Policy and Planning * * *

Sec. 9.  POLICY AND PLANNING

(a)  Total authorized spending in the policy and planning program is modified as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              Personal Services    2,641,670        2,641,670                      0

              Operating                   492,908           492,908                      0

              Grants                     4,090,769        4,140,769             50,000

              Total                       7,225,347        7,275,347             50,000

            Source of Funds

              State                       1,796,692        1,801,692               5,000

              Federal                   5,428,655        5,473,655             45,000

(b)  These changes are made:

(1)  to fund the youth corps program with $200,000 of federal enhancement funds in lieu of $200,000 of other federal funds; and  

(2)  to add $50,000 to fund the grant to the Northwest Regional Planning Commission provided for in Sec. 10 of this act.

Sec. 10.  ST. ALBANS FEDERAL STREET EXTENSION

Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 10j(e), the sum of $50,000 is authorized for the Northwest Regional Planning Commission to augment the Federal Street Extension scoping study done by the commission in 1995 to include additional intermodal connections for freight and passenger transportation and for engineering in preparation for construction of the extension from the St. Albans state highway to Federal Street.

* * * Public Transit * * *

Sec. 11.  PUBLIC TRANSIT

(a)  Total authorized spending for the public transit program is amended to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              Other                    14,763,893      14,863,893           100,000

              Total                     14,763,893      14,863,893           100,000

            Source of Funds

              State                       5,671,599        5,771,599           100,000

              Federal                   9,092,294        9,092,294                      0

(b)  This change is made to authorize funding for the public transit preventive maintenance project as provided in Sec. 31 of this act.

* * * Rail Program * * *

Sec. 12.  RAIL PROGRAM

(a)  The following modifications are made to the program development – rail projects program:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              PE                             686,111                      0          -686,111

              Construction           1,125,000                      0       -1,125,000

              Other                         635,000                      0          -635,000

              Total                       2,446,111                      0       -2,446,111

              Source of Funds

              State                       1,186,111                      0       -1,186,111

              Federal                   1,260,000                      0       -1,260,000

(b)  Spending authority for the Bellows Falls railroad tunnel project is added as follows.  In the event federal earmark funds are secured for the project, any state funds not required to match the federal funds and any state funds expended on the project which are reimbursable from the federal funds shall be so reimbursed, and the total funds shall be transferred to the central garage fund and allocated to the transportation equipment replacement account.  To the extent funds are so transferred, the transferred funds are authorized and appropriated from the equipment replacement account to the central garage for the purchase of equipment as authorized in 19 V.S.A. § 13(b) in fiscal year 2006.

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              Total                                                  500,000           500,000

            Source of Funds

              State                                                  500,000           500,000

(c)  Spending authority for the purchase of interstate passenger rail service is amended to read.  This change is made to adjust authorized spending to anticipated contract obligations:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              Total                       3,000,000        2,700,000          -300,000

            Source of Funds

              State                       3,000,000        2,700,000          -300,000

(d)  The rail operations program is changed to the rail program and total authorized spending, including the changes made in subsections (a) through (c) of this section, is modified as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              PE                               89,273           775,384           686,111

              Construction           1,375,000        2,500,360        1,125,000

              Other                      6,161,458        6,996,458           835,000

              Total                       7,626,091      10,272,202        2,646,111

            Source of Funds

              State                       6,535,818        7,921,929        1,386,111

              Federal                   1,090,273        2,350,273        1,260,000

(e)  These changes are made to accomplish the objectives of subsections (b) and (c) of this section, to eliminate rail projects as a line item within program development and to consolidate all rail projects within the rail program.

Sec. 13.  SUNDERLAND RAILROAD BRIDGE

In connection with the Albany-Bennington-Rutland-Burlington (ABRB) project, the Sunderland Rail 04-9044 C/2 project (replacement of Vermont Railway Bridge No. 63 over Mill Brook at MP 17.93) shall be considered specifically authorized for purposes of chapter 58 of Title 5 of the Vermont statutes.

* * * Aviation Program * * *

Sec. 14.  AVIATION PROGRAM  

(a)  The following modifications are made to the program development –aviation projects program:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              PE                             300,000                      0          -300,000

              Construction              350,000                      0          -350,000

              Other                         250,000                      0          -250,000

              Total                          900,000                      0          -900,000

            Source of Funds

              State                          230,000                      0          -230,000

              Federal                      670,000                      0          -670,000

(b)  The aviations operations program is changed to the aviation program, and total authorized spending is modified as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              PE                             300,000           600,000           300,000

              Construction              907,500        1,257,500           350,000

              Other                      7,164,916        7,414,916           250,000

              Total                       8,372,416        9,272,416           900,000

            Source of Funds

              State                       1,992,416        2,222,416           230,000

              Federal                   6,380,000        7,050,000           670,000

(c)  These changes are made to eliminate aviation projects as a line item within program development and to consolidate all aviation projects within the aviation program.

* * * Transportation Buildings * * *

Sec. 15.  TRANSPORTATION BUILDINGS

(a)  Total authorized spending in the transportation buildings program is modified as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              PE                             200,000           100,000          -100,000

              Construction           1,047,548        1,047,548                      0

              Total                       1,247,548        1,147,548          -100,000

            Source of Funds

              State                       1,247,548        1,147,548          -100,000

(b)  This change is made to reduce funding for development and evaluation by $100,000 in transportation funds.

* * * Town Highway Bridge Program * * *

Sec. 16.  TOWN HIGHWAY BRIDGE PROGRAM

The following modifications are made to the town highway bridge program:

(1)  Spending authority for the Leicester BRF 0160(3) S project (replacement of Bridge No. 6 over Otter Creek on Leicester Junction Road/TH 1) is added to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              PE                                                     5,500                    5,500

              Construction                               1,200,000             1,200,000

              Total                                          1,205,500             1,205,500

            Source of Funds

              State                                             120,550                120,550

              Federal                                          964,400                964,400

              Local                                             120,550                120,550

(2)  Authorized spending for statewide development and evaluation is amended to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              Other                      1,694,975        1,689,475              -5,500

              Total                       1,694,975        1,689,475              -5,500

            Source of Funds

              State                          439,787           439,237                 -550

              Federal                   1,128,483        1,124,083              -4,400

              Local                         126,705           126,155                 -550

(3)  Authorized spending for the Morrisville BRZ 1446(15) project is amended to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              Construction              378,531                      0          -378,531

              Total                          378,531                      0          -378,531

            Source of Funds

              State                            37,853                      0            -37,853

              Federal                      302,825                      0          -302,835

              Local                           37,853                      0            -37,853

(4)  Spending authority for the Barton (Orleans) BRO 1449(29) project is amended to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              PE                               15,000             31,200             16,200

              ROW                          23,000             23,000                      0

              Total                            38,000             54,200             16,200

            Source of Funds

              State                              3,800             20,000             16,200

              Federal                        30,400             30,400                      0

              Local                             3,800               3,800                      0

(5)  A new project is created in the town highway bridge program for the replacement with a prefabricated bridge of the South Street bridge (bridge No. 31) on TH 5 in Bristol over the New Haven River.  The project shall be managed through the local transportation facilities program (LTF).  Spending authority for the project is added as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              Total                                                  300,000           300,000

            Source of Funds

              State                                                    30,000             30,000

              Federal                                              240,000           240,000

              Local                                                   30,000             30,000

(6)  The following projects and their associated funding as approved or amended by this act are moved to the Vermont bridge common sense program:

System    Project                  Project Number            Description

Town      Johnson                 BHO 1448(18)            Rehab BR6, Lamoille                                                                                             River

Town      Montpelier            BHM 6400(25)            Rehab BR11, north branch                                                                                    Winooski River

Town      Norwich                TH2 9625                    Rehab BR46,                                                                                                        Ompompanoosuc River

Town   Salisbury-Cornwall BHO 1445(27)  Rehab BR8, Otter Creek

(7)  The total authorized spending in the town bridge program, including the changes made in subdivisions (1) - (6), is amended to read:

              FY06               As Proposed                   As Amended          Change

              Total                  20,955,427                     19,765,875    -1,189,552

            Source of Funds

              State                    4,248,628                       3,647,964       -600,664

              Federal              15,039,457                     14,454,783       -584,674

              Local                   1,667,342                       1,663,128           -4,214

* * * Town Class 2 Roadway * * *

Sec. 17.  TOWN HIGHWAY CLASS 2 ROADWAY

Total authorized spending in the town highway class 2 roadway program is modified as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              Grants                     4,248,750        4,748,750           500,000

              Total                       4,248,750        4,748,750           500,000

            Source of Funds

              State                       4,248,750        4,748,750           500,000

* * * Town Highway Emergency Fund * * *

Sec. 18.  TOWN HIGHWAY EMERGENCY

Total authorized spending in the town highway emergency program is modified as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              Grants                        750,000             57,129          -692,871

              Total                          750,000             57,129          -692,871

            Source of Funds

              State                          750,000             57,129          -692,871

* * * Town Highway Aid * * *

Sec. 19.  TOWN HIGHWAY AID

Total authorized spending in the town highway aid program is modified as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              Grants                   24,982,744      25,282,744           300,000

              Total                     24,982,744      25,282,744           300,000

            Source of Funds

              State                     24,982,744      25,282,744           300,000

* * * Vermont Local  Roads * * *

Sec. 20.  VERMONT LOCAL ROADS PROGRAM

(a)  Total authorized spending in the Vermont local roads program is modified as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended          Change  

              Grants                        783,700           783,700                      0

              Total                          783,700           783,700                      0

            Source of Funds

              State                          643,700           333,867          -309,833

              Federal                      140,000           449,833           309,833

(b)  These changes are made to replace transportation funds with federal enhancement funds in the amount of $309,833.

* * * Multimodal Facilities * * *

Sec. 21.  BELLOWS FALLS MULTIMODAL FACILITY

Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 10j(e), transportation funds authorized for expenditure on the Bellows Falls multimodal facility may be used to purchase the Bellows Falls train station located on real property owned by the state.

* * * Federal Funds Advance Construction * * *

Sec. 22.  FEDERAL FUNDS ADVANCE CONSTRUCTION

Subject to Sec. 23 of this act, no more than $15,000,000 in federal fiscal year 2007 federal funds shall be allocated, obligated, or otherwise reserved for the advance construction of paving projects in the state fiscal year 2007 transportation program.

* * * Additional Federal Funds * * *

Sec. 23.  ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDS

To the extent federal funds become available beyond the funds authorized in fiscal year 2006 in the state’s transportation program, the secretary shall apply the funds, consistent with federal rules, as follows:

(1)  Up to $1,789,087 for the Lunenburg STP2301(1)S project.  In the event the federal funds become available, spending authority for the Lunenburg project is amended to read as follows.  In the event federal funds become available in a lesser amount, spending authority shall be in proportion to the source totals in the table:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              Construction                                   2,236,359        2,236,359

              Total                                               2,236,359        2,236,359

            Source of Funds

              State                                                  223,636           223,636

              Federal                                           1,789,087        1,789,087

              Local                                                 223,636           223,636

(2)  Up to $380,000 for the Waterbury Main Street FEGC F013-4(13) project.  In the event the federal funds become available, spending authority for the Waterbury Main Street project is amended to read as follows.  In the event federal funds become available in a lesser amount, spending authority shall be in proportion to the source totals in the table:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              PE                             100,000           100,000                      0

              ROW                        100,000           500,000           400,000

              Total                          200,000           600,000           400,000

            Source of Funds

              State                              6,000             18,000             12,000

              Federal                      190,000           570,000           380,000

              Local                             4,000             12,000               8,000

(3)  Up to $18,000 for the Poultney STP EH00(20) project.  In the event the funds become available, spending authority for the project is amended to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              Construction                12,500             35,000             22,500

              Total                            12,500             35,000             22,500

            Source of Funds

              Federal                        10,000             28,000             18,000

              Local                             2,500               7,000               4,500

(4)  Up to $39,000 for the Poultney STP EH04(4) project.  In the event the funds become available, spending authority for the project is amended to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              Total                            26,250             75,000             48,750

            Source of Funds

              Federal                        21,000             60,000             39,000

              Local                             5,250             15,000               9,750

(5)  Up to $129,600 for the Barton (Orleans) town bridge BRO 1449(29) project.  In the event the federal funds become available, spending authority for the Barton (Orleans) project is amended to read as follows.  In the event federal funds become available in a lesser amount, spending authority shall be in proportion to the source totals in the table:

              FY06                  As Proposed      As Amended            Change

              PE                               15,000           177,000           162,000

              ROW                          23,000             23,000                      0

              Total                            38,000           200,000           162,000

            Source of Funds

              State                              3,800             20,000             16,200

              Federal                        30,400           160,000           129,600

              Local                             3,800             20,000             16,200

(6)  Up to $5,000,000 which shall be reserved for paving projects in the state fiscal year 2007 transportation program.  To the extent the federal funds become available, the maximum amount of federal fiscal year 2007 federal funds which may be reserved for the advance construction of paving projects in the state fiscal year 2007 transportation program under Sec. 22 of this act shall be reduced by the same amount.

(7)  Up to $400,000 for the public transit preventive maintenance project as provided in Sec. 31 of this act.

(8)  Up to $10,896,343 for bridge projects in the Vermont bridge common sense program.  To the extent the available funds exceed the funding requirements of the projects identified in the program, the secretary shall select projects to receive the excess funds from the approved transportation program consistent with the objectives and criteria of the program as provided in Sec. 42 of this act.  In the event the funds become available, spending authority for the Vermont bridge common sense program is amended to read as follows: 

FY06                                                 As Amended

Total                                                    20,287,281

Source of Funds

State                                                         324,622

Special                                                   2,252,500

Federal                                                 16,141,298

Local                                                      1,568,861

(9)  Up to $400,000 in addition to the funds authorized by subdivision (8) of this section for the public transit preventive maintenance project as provided in Sec. 31 of this act.

(10)  Up to $1,240,000 for Middlebury signalization project NHG 019‑3(52S).  To the extent the federal funds become available, spending authority for the project is amended to read:

              FY06               As Proposed                  As  Amended          Change

              PE or

                Construction           10,000                       1,250,000     1,240,000

              Total                         10,000                       1,250,000     1,240,000

            Source of Funds

              Federal                     10,000                       1,250,000     1,240,000

(11)  Up to $2,480,000 for the VT 109 STP 2219(1)S project.

(12)  Up to $5,000,000, in addition to the funds authorized by subdivision (7) of this section, which shall be reserved for paving projects in the state fiscal year 2007 transportation program.  To the extent the federal funds become available, the maximum amount of federal fiscal year 2007 federal funds which may be reserved for the advance construction of paving projects in the state fiscal year 2007 transportation program under Sec. 22 of this act shall be reduced by the same amount.

(13)  Up to $500,000 for the Champlain Parkway MEGC M 5000(1) project.

(14)  Subject to the requirements of 19 V.S.A. § 10h(a), to cover cash flow shortages on projects due to increased costs or faster than anticipated progress.

(15)  For shelf projects or to accelerate projects in the state’s fiscal year 2006 transportation program in the paving and bridge programs.

(16)  To accelerate other projects in the state’s transportation program.

* * * Enhancement Program * * *

Sec. 24.  ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

(a)  Total authorized spending in the enhancement program is amended to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed     As Amended           Change  

              Total                       2,492,500        2,547,500             55,000

            Source of Funds

              State                          176,000           231,000             55,000

              Federal                   2,316,500        2,316,500                      0

(b)  This change is made to add $55,000 in transportation funds which shall be paid to Housing Vermont, Inc. to partially reimburse Housing Vermont, Inc. for costs incurred with respect to the fiscal year 2002 Brattleboro, Westgate path STPEH01(3) enhancement project which in calendar year 2004 was determined by federal authorities to be ineligible for federal funding due to noncompliance with National Environmental Protection Act procedural regulations.  It is the intention of the general assembly that Housing Vermont, Inc. be fully reimbursed for the $221,000 in costs incurred by Housing Vermont, Inc. with respect to the project.

* * * Enhancement Funds * * *

Sec. 25.  ENHANCEMENT FUNDS

(a)  Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 38, the first $509,833 of federal funds allocated to the enhancement grant program for fiscal year 2005 under 19 V.S.A. § 38(e)(1) shall be applied as follows:

(1)  $200,000 to policy and planning for the youth corps program as provided in Sec. 9(b)(1) of this act;

(2)  $309,833 to the Vermont local roads program for the clean and clear initiative as provided in Sec. 20 of this act.

(b)  Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 38, in fiscal years 2007 and 2008, the youth corps program and the clean and clear initiative of the Vermont local roads program shall be funded with enhancement funds.

* * * Transportation Funds * * *

Sec. 26.  19 V.S.A. § 11a is amended to read:

§ 11a.  TRANSPORTATION FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR SUPPORT OF

            GOVERNMENT

For fiscal year 2006 and thereafter, the The maximum amount of transportation funds that may be appropriated for the support of government, other than for the agency of transportation, transportation pay act funds, the cost of maintaining and staffing rest areas, construction of transportation capital facilities used by the agency of transportation, and transportation debt service, for fiscal year 2006 shall not exceed 18.5 18.0 percent, and for fiscal year 2007 and thereafter shall not exceed 17.5 percent, of the total of the prior fiscal year transportation fund appropriations.

* * * Joint Transportation Oversight Committee * * *

Sec. 27.  19 V.S.A. § 12b(b) is amended to read:

(b)  The committee shall have authority to meet during adjournment and for official duties, members.  Members shall be entitled to compensation and reimbursement pursuant to 2 V.S.A. § 406.  The committee shall have the assistance of the staff of the legislative council and the joint fiscal office.

Sec. 28.  19 V.S.A. § 12b(d) is added to read:

(d)  In coordination with the regular meetings of the joint fiscal committee, the joint transportation oversight committee shall meet in mid-July, mid‑September, and mid-November.  At these meetings, the secretary of transportation shall report on the status of the state’s transportation programs and transportation finances.

* * * Central Garage * * *

Sec. 29.  19 V.S.A. § 13(i) is added to read:

(i)  Each year at the September meeting of the joint transportation oversight committee called pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 12b(d), the agency shall present to the joint transportation oversight committee a report detailing:

(1)  activity within the central garage fund during the prior fiscal year;

(2)  the calculation of equipment rental rates approved by the agency to be charged by the central garage; and

(3)  the condition of the vehicle fleet, including plans for upgrading the fleet to optimal condition.

* * * Public Transit * * *

Sec. 30.  24 V.S.A. § 5092 is amended to read:

§ 5092.  REPORTS

The agency of transportation, in cooperation with the public transit advisory council, shall develop an annual report of financial and performance data of all public transit systems that receive operating subsidies in any form from the state or federal government, including, but not limited to subsidies related to the elders and persons with disabilities transportation program for service and capital equipment.  Financial and performance data on the elders and persons with disabilities transportation program shall be a separate category in the report.  The report shall be modeled on the Federal Transit Administration’s national transit database program with such modifications as appropriate for the various services, including the guidance found in the most current short‑range public transportation plans and the most current state policy plan.  The report shall describe any action taken by the agency pursuant to contractual authority to terminate funding for routes or to request service changes for failure to meet performance standards.  The report shall be available to the general assembly by January 15 of each year.

Sec. 31.  PUBLIC TRANSIT PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

(a)  A new project, public transit preventive maintenance, is added to the public transit program.  The project shall be administered by the agency in accordance with federal transit administration regulations.  Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, project spending authority shall be allocated to each transit provider in the state according to the percentage of operating assistance funds that each receives from the statewide total of operating assistance funds in each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2005 from the state operating assistance program and the following federal grant programs: 5307, 5311, 5311 elderly and disabled, job access reverse commute, and congestion mitigation air quality operating assistance.

(b)  In the event no federal funds become available for the public transit preventive maintenance project pursuant to Sec. 23 of this act, spending authority for the project shall be as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed     As Amended             Change

              Grants                                                100,000           100,000

              Total                                                  100,000           100,000

            Source of Funds

              State                                                  100,000           100,000

(c)  In the event $400,000 in federal funds become available for the public transit preventive maintenance project pursuant to Sec. 23 of this act, spending authority for the project shall be as follows:

              FY06                  As Proposed     As Amended             Change

              Grants                                                500,000           500,000

              Total                                                  500,000           500,000

            Source of Funds

              State                                                  100,000           100,000

              Federal                                              400,000           400,000

(d)  In the event $800,000 in federal funds become available for the public transit preventive maintenance project pursuant to Sec. 23 of this act, spending authority for the project shall be as follows.  Allocated funds shall be used to reimburse eligible expenditures incurred by transit providers on a 10% – 10% – 80% state – local – federal cost share basis.

              FY06                  As Proposed     As Amended             Change

              Grants                                             1,000,000        1,000,000

              Total                                               1,000,000        1,000,000

            Source of Funds

              State                                                  100,000           100,000

              Federal                                              800,000           800,000

              Local                                                 100,000           100,000

* * * Cancellation of Projects * * *

Sec. 32.  CANCELLATION OF PROJECTS

Pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 10g(h) (legislative approval for cancellation of projects), the general assembly approves cancellation of the following projects:

(1)  (1)  Addison (Chimney Point) STP EH99(17) (construction of dock for sail ferry) (cancellation requested by sponsor town);

(2)  Chelsea STP EH02( ) (construction study for sidewalks in Chelsea village) (cancellation requested by sponsor town);

(3)  Derby Line Village STP EH02( ) (study of sidewalks in Derby Line village) (cancellation requested by sponsor town);

(4)  Hinesburg STP EH99(10) (construction of sidewalks/crosswalks in Hinesburg village) (cancellation requested by sponsor town);

(5)  North Hero STP EH02( ) (rehabilitation of existing town hall for visitor center) (cancellation requested by sponsor town); and

(6)  Richmond STP EH 97(15) (acquisition of scenic easement near I‑89, Exit 11 in Richmond) (cancellation requested by sponsor; property owner no longer interested in granting easement). 

* * * Central Garage Equipment Replacement Program * * *

Sec. 33.  CENTRAL GARAGE EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT FUND

Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 13(c), in fiscal year 2006 the sum of $900,000 shall be transferred to the central garage fund and allocated to the transportation equipment replacement account.

* * * Connecticut River Bridge Advisory Commission * * *

Sec. 34.  CONNECTICUT RIVER BRIDGE ADVISORY COMMISSION

(a)  19 V.S.A. § 36 (Connecticut River bridge advisory commission) is repealed.

(b)  This section shall take effect on the date that the same or similar provisions are enacted in New Hampshire.

(c)  All rehabilitation or reconstruction projects for Connecticut River bridges shall be assigned a project manager in Vermont who shall submit quarterly project status reports to the relevant maintenance districts and regional planning commissions in Vermont.  In the event this section takes effect, the agency shall annually by January 15 submit to the house and senate committees on transportation a report on the status of all Connecticut River bridge projects and the level of cooperation between the states of Vermont and New Hampshire with respect to such projects.

* * * Emergency Repairs to Existing Facilities * * *

Sec. 35.  19 V.S.A. § 518(a) is amended to read:

(a)  For purposes of this section, the term “minor alterations to existing facilities” means:

(1)  activities Activities which qualify as “categorical exclusions” under 23 C.F.R. § 771.117(c) and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 4321-4347, and do not require a permit under 10 V.S.A. chapter 151 (Act 250); or

(2)  Activities involving emergency repairs to or replacement of an existing bridge or culvert, even though the need for repairs or replacement does not arise from damage caused by a natural disaster or catastrophic failure from an external cause; provided, however, that the activities do not require a permit under 10 V.S.A. chapter 151 (Act 250)Any temporary rights under this subdivision shall be limited to 10 years from the date of taking.

* * * Maintenance Districts * * *

Sec. 36.  MAINTENANCE DISTRICTS

The agency’s maintenance districts shall provide the same level of service or better to the public and district municipalities as in prior fiscal years.  By January 15, 2006, the secretary shall report by letter to the house and senate committees on transportation on the configuration of management and administrative personnel in the agency’s nine maintenance districts and on the level of service provided by the maintenance districts to the public and district municipalities.

* * * Prefabricated Bridges * * *

Sec. 37.  PREFABRICATED BRIDGES

(a)  In the fiscal year 2007 transportation program, the agency shall identify a minimum of two state or interstate bridge projects for development and construction utilizing prefabricated components and construction techniques.

(b)  In the fiscal year 2007 town highway bridge program, the sum of $1,000,000 in federal and matching state and local funds shall be reserved for use through the local transportation facilities program (LTF) for the development and construction of town highway bridges utilizing prefabricated components and construction techniques.  During the summer and fall of calendar year 2005, the agency shall notify responsible officials of towns, regional planning commissions, and the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization of the LTF prefabricated bridge program and invite applications for utilization of the reserved funds.

* * * I-91 Rest Areas in Hartford * * *

Sec. 38.  INTERSTATE 91 REST AREAS IN HARTFORD

The agency and the department of buildings and general services are directed to confer with the town of Hartford on all phases of the upgrades to the rest areas on the north- and southbound portions of I-91 in Hartford.

* * * Agency Vehicle Fleet * * *

Sec. 39.  AGENCY VEHICLE FLEET

Pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 13(b), the agency is authorized:

(1)  to add two vehicles to the fleet for use by the program development division, one for the materials and research section for use in research and testing; and one for the structures section for use in bridge inspection; and

(2)  to add two vehicles to the fleet, one plow truck to service an increase in lane mileage in district 1 and one aerial lift truck for signal repair and maintenance.

* * * Rest Area, Information Center, Welcome Center Summer Study * * *

Sec. 40.  REST AREAS; INFORMATION AND WELCOME CENTERS

(a)  A summer study committee is established, consisting of:  three members of the house with one from the committee on transportation and one from the committee on appropriations, and one at large, designated by the speaker of the house; three members of the senate with one from the committee on transportation and one from the committee on appropriations, and one at large, designated by the committee on committees; the secretary of transportation; one from the department of buildings and general services, designated by the commissioner; one from the agency of commerce and community development, designated by the secretary; and one from a chamber of commerce, designated by the governor.  The secretary of transportation shall serve as chair of the committee.  Legislative members of the committee shall be entitled to per diem compensation and expense reimbursement as provided in 2 V.S.A. § 406(a).  The committee is authorized to hold not more than four meetings.

(b)  The committee shall carefully examine the criteria for building, funding, and operating new highway rest areas, information centers, and welcome centers and also for refurbishing those existing.  The committee is additionally charged with developing criteria that focus specifically on rest area functions and locations that provide the public with necessary facilities and which minimize the cost of providing these services.

(c)  The agency of transportation, with the assistance of the legislative council and the joint fiscal office, shall provide administrative support for the committee.

(d)  The committee shall submit a report of recommendations to the house and senate committees on transportation and appropriations by January 15, 2006, at which time the committee’s existence shall terminate.

* * * Lamoille Valley Rail Corridor * * *

Sec. 41.  LAMOILLE VALLEY RAIL CORRIDOR

All net proceeds received by the state from the Lamoille valley railroad salvage project shall be reserved for the maintenance of the Lamoille valley railbanked corridor.

* * * Vermont Bridge Common Sense Program * * *

Sec. 42.  VERMONT BRIDGE COMMON SENSE PROGRAM

(a)  The Vermont bridge common sense program is hereby created.  The objective of the program is to maximize the useful life of Vermont’s bridges at least cost through a systematic program of asset management which will eliminate avoidable deterioration costs and maximize the availability of resources for all transportation purposes.  The following types of projects shall be eligible for funding from the bridge common sense program:

(1)  Bridge painting, particularly projects that will remove lead‑based paints and improve the protective capacity of the structural steel coatings system;

(2)  Deck membrane replacements of deteriorating membranes with new higher performance membranes and pavement;

(3)  Deck replacements of structurally deficient decks where the remaining structural components of the bridge are in fair to good condition;

(4)  Large culvert rehabilitation, including the insertion of culvert linings to extend the useful life of large culverts; and

(5)  Substructure repairs where deterioration has affected the structural stability of the bridge.

(b)  The following bridge projects are included in the Vermont bridge common sense program:

System    Project                  Project Number            Description

Interstate Bolton                   IM 090-2(29)              Rehab BR#51, I-89 Bolton

Interstate Putney                   IM 091-1(31)              Rehab bridge #17, I-91

State       Cambridge            BHF 030-2(19)S         Rehab BR20, Lamoille                                                                                         River

Town      Johnson                 BHO 1448(18)            Rehab BR6, Lamoille                                                                                             River

Town      Montpelier            BHM 6400(25)            Rehab BR11, north branch                                                                                    Winooski River

Town      Norwich                TH2 9625                    Rehab BR46,                                                                                                        Ompompanoosuc River

Town Salisbury-Cornwall    BHO 1445(27)            Rehab BR8, Otter Creek

(c)  Spending authority for the Vermont bridge common sense program is added as follows.  To the extent the available funds exceed the funding requirements of the projects identified in the program, the secretary shall select projects to receive the excess funds from the approved transportation program consistent with the objectives and criteria of the program as provided in subsection (a) of this section.

FY06                                                 As Amended          Change  

Total                                                      8,028,895       8,028,895

Source of Funds

State                                                         324,622          324,622

Special                                                   2,252,500       2,252,500

Federal                                                   5,244,955       5,244,955

Local                                                         206,818          206,818

* * * Municipal Equipment Loan Fund; Salt and Sand Sheds * * *

Sec. 43.  MUNICIPAL EQUIPMENT LOAN FUND; EXPANSION OF

               FUND PURPOSES; SALT AND SAND SHEDS

(a)  The state treasurer and the state traffic committee, as administrators of the municipal equipment loan fund established in 29 V.S.A. chapter 61, are directed to examine the possibility of expanding the use of the loan fund to cover the costs of municipal salt and sand sheds.  Section 39 of Title 19 currently requires the agency of transportation to work with municipalities to “… provide assistance in designing effective low cost enclosures for salt or sand storage, including off-the-shelf designs that incorporate economical construction materials to the extent allowed by the multisector general permit (MSGP) issued for Vermont by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.”  The treasurer and traffic committee shall confer with a member of the water quality division of the agency of natural resources in developing recommendations which address:

(1)  The cost to municipalities of acquiring salt and sand sheds which conform to the specifications resulting from assistance provided in 19 V.S.A. § 39. 

(2)  Increases to the loan fund necessary to implement an expansion of fund purposes to include salt and sand sheds.

(b)  The treasurer and traffic committee shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on transportation by January 15, 2006.

* * * Swanton VT 78 Project * * *

Sec. 44.  SWANTON  VT 78

The secretary in exercising authority under 19 V.S.A. § 10g(h) shall not reduce the funding available for the Swanton VT 78  HES 036-1() project.

* * * Town Structures Program * * *

Sec. 45.  Sec. 254 of No. 122 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004) is amended to read:

Sec. 254.  Transportation - town highway structures

              Grants                           3,494,500        3,944,500

            Source of Funds

              Transportation fund       3,494,500        3,944,500

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in fiscal year 2004, the sum of $3,500,000.00 shall revert to the transportation fund from the town highway structures account, account # 8100000300.

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in fiscal year 2005, the sum of $492,122.00 shall revert to the transportation fund from the town highway structures account, account # 8100000300.

(c)  Of the above appropriation, $450,000.00 is requested as a supplemental appropriation in accordance with 19 V.S.A. § 306(e) to fund additional costs for projects the agency has previously committed to and shall not be awarded as new grants. 

Sec. 46.  Sec. 258 of No. 122 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004) is amended to read:

Sec. 258.  Transportation – town highway bridges

Personal services                     3,610,000                    3,610,000

Operating expenses               16,903,263                  16,453,263

Grants                                        418,000                       418,000

Total                                22,931,263                  22,481,263

Source of Funds

Transportation fund                 7,129,406                    6,679,406

Local match 1,384,030           1,384,030

Federal funds                        12,417,827                  12,417,827

Total                                22,931,263                  22,481,263

* * * Vehicle Inspection Certificates * * *

Sec. 47.  23 V.S.A. § 1230 is amended to read:

§ 1230.  FEES CHARGE

For each inspection certificate issued by the department of motor vehicles, the commissioner shall be paid $0.50 $3.00; provided that state and municipal inspection stations that inspect only state or municipally owned and registered vehicles shall not be required to pay a fee.

Sec. 48.  23 V.S.A. § 1222(b) is amended to read:

§ 1222.  INSPECTION OF REGISTERED VEHICLES

* * *

(b)  If a fee is charged for inspection, it shall be based upon the hourly rate charged by each official inspection station or it may be a flat rate fee and, in either instance, the fee shall be prominently posted and displayed beside the official inspection station certificate.  In addition, the official inspection station may disclose the state inspection certificate charge on the repair order as a separate item and collect the charge from the consumer.  A person shall not operate a motor vehicle unless it has been inspected as required by this section and has a valid certification of inspection affixed to it.  The month of next inspection for all motor vehicles shall be shown on the current inspection certificate affixed to the vehicle.

Sec. 49.  DEDICATION OF VEHICLE INSPECTION CHARGE REVENUE

(a)  All vehicle inspection certificate charge revenue collected under 23 V.S.A § 1230 from July 1, 2005 through September 30, 2005 shall be deposited in the transportation fund.

(b)  The vehicle inspection certificate charge revenue collected under 23 V.S.A § 1230 from October 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006 shall be deposited as follows:

(1)  5/30 of the total to the transportation fund; and

(2)  25/30 of the total to the Vermont bridge common sense fund.

(c)  Commencing in fiscal year 2007, all vehicle inspection certificate charge revenue collected under 23 V.S.A § 1230 shall be dedicated to and deposited in the Vermont bridge common sense fund.  Upon withdrawal of funds from the Vermont bridge common sense fund for any purpose other than those purposes authorized under Sec. 42(a) of this act, revenue from vehicle inspection certificate charges shall no longer be deposited into that fund, section 1230 of Title 23 is repealed, and any balance in the fund shall be transferred to the transportation fund.

* * * CambridgeBelvidere VT 109 * * *

Sec. 50.  CAMBRIDGEBELVIDERE VT 109

(a)  Spending authority for the CambridgeBelvidere VT 109 STP 2219(1)S project is added to read:

              FY06                  As Proposed     As Amended           Change  

              Total                                                  247,612           247,612

            Source of Funds

              State                                                  247,612           247,612

(b)  In the event federal earmark funds are secured for the Lunenburg STP2301(1)S project, any federal funds which become available for the Lunenburg project pursuant to Sec. 23(1) and which are not required to complete the project shall be allocated and used to advance the Cambridge ‑ Belvidere VT 109 STP 2219(1)S project.

(c)  If any other paving projects receive other sources of funding or slip in  schedule, the funds made available shall be reallocated to the Cambridge ‑ Belvidere VT 109 STP 2219(1)S project.

* * * Town of Windsor; Dressler Barn * * *

Sec. 51.  CONVEYANCE OF DRESSLER BARN SITE TO TOWN OF

              WINDSOR

(a)  Notwithstanding 22 V.S.A. § 743(1) (historic preservation; cooperation of agencies), the secretary of transportation, as agent for the state of Vermont, is authorized to convey the historic Dressler Barn site, adjacent to the agency of transportation’s Windsor maintenance facility, to the town of Windsor.

(b)  Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 10k(b) (statement of policy; asset management; sale of state property), the conveyance authorized by this section may be for nominal consideration.  However, the town of Windsor shall be responsible, at its own expense, for obtaining any needed surveys and subdivision approvals.    

* * * Adjustments to Appropriations * * *

Sec. 52.  APPROPRIATION ADJUSTMENT

H.516 of 2005 is amended by striking Secs. 226, 227, 228, 232, 234, 240, 243 and 245 and inserting in lieu thereof the following:     

Sec. 226.  Transportation - program development

Personal services                                  37,671,918

Operating expenses                                7,013,169

Grants                                                  37,467,196

Total                                               82,152,283

Source of funds

Transportation fund                               16,568,828

Local match                   2,037,367

Federal funds                                        63,546,088

Total                                               82,152,283

Sec. 227.  Transportation - paving

Total                                                    39,748,862

Source of funds

Transportation fund                                 7,116,862

Federal funds                                        32,632,000

Total                                               39,748,862

Sec. 228.  Transportation - state and interstate bridges

Other                                                   26,552,332

Source of funds

Transportation fund                                 4,685,914

Federal funds                                        21,866,418

Total                                               26,552,332

Sec. 232.  Transportation - rail

Personal services                                         43,456

Operating expenses                                6,828,746

Grants                                                    2,700,000

Total                                               10,272,202

Source of funds

Transportation fund                                 7,921,929

Federal funds                                          2,350,273

Total                                               10,272,202

Sec. 234.  Transportation - central garage

Personal services                                    3,183,942

Operating expenses                                9,459,952

Total                                               12,643,894

Source of funds

Internal service funds                            12,643,894

(a)  Of the above appropriation, the amount of $900,000 is from the transportation equipment replacement account within the central garage fund in accordance with 19 V.S.A. § 13(c) for the purchase of equipment as authorized in 19 V.S.A. § 13(b).

Sec. 240.  Transportation - town highway - bridges

Personal services                                    3,650,000

Operating expenses                              16,072,875

Grants                                                         43,000

Total                                               19,765,875

Source of funds

Transportation fund                                 3,647,964

Local match                   1,663,128

Federal funds                                        14,454,783

Total                                               19,765,875

Sec. 243.  Transportation – public assistance grant program

Grants                                                       200,001

Total                                                    200,001

Source of funds

Federal funds                                             200,000

Local match                                 1

Total                                                    200,001

Sec. 245.  Total Transportation

Source of funds

Transportation fund                             171,330,762

Special funds                                          2,252,500

Local match                   3,907,314

Federal funds                                      164,851,737

Internal service funds                            12,643,894

Total                                             354,986,207

Sec. 53.   SPECIAL BRIDGE FUND APPROPRIATION

H.516 of 2005 is amended by add a new Sec. 244a, appropriating funds for the Vermont bridge common sense program as follows:

Sec. 244a.  Vermont bridge common sense program

                   Other                                                          8,028,895

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                        324,622

                   Special funds                                               2,252,500

                   Local match                                                   206,818

                   Federal funds                                              5,244,955

                        Total                                                      8,028,895

Sec. 54.  32 V.S.A. § 706 is amended to read:

§ 706.  TRANSFER OF APPROPRIATIONS

Notwithstanding any authority granted elsewhere, all transfers of appropriations shall be made pursuant to this section upon the initiative of the governor, or upon the request of a secretary or commissioner.

(a)(1)  With the approval of the governor, the secretary of administration may:

(1)(A)  Transfer balances of appropriations not to exceed $50,000.00 made under any appropriation act for the support of the government from one component of an agency, department or other unit of state government, to any other component of the same agency, department or unit;

(2)(B)  Transfer balances of code classifications, as defined in any appropriation act for the support of the government, of all departments and agencies when deemed necessary;

(3)(C)  Advance $1,000.00 to the central surplus commodity revolving fund.

(b)(2)  Except as specified in subsection (a) subdivisions (1) and (4) of this section, the transfer of balances of appropriations may be made only with the approval of the emergency board.

(c)(3)  For the specific purpose of balancing and closing out fund accounts at the end of a fiscal year, the commissioner of finance and management may adjust a balance within an account of an agency or department in an amount not to exceed $100.00.

(4)  With the approval of the governor, the secretary of transportation may transfer balances of appropriations made under any appropriation act from one department or unit of the agency of transportation to another department or unit of the agency of transportation for the specific purpose of funding authorized transportation projects which have been approved by the federal government for advance construction in which the expenditure of state funds will be reimbursed by federal funds when the federal funds become available, and the transfer is limited to funds which have been approved for reimbursement.  Upon such reimbursement, the transferred funds shall be transferred back to the original department or unit of the agency of transportation from which the initial transfer for purposes of funding the advance construction was made.  When any appropriation is transferred pursuant to this subdivision, the secretary of transportation shall report the transfer to the house and senate committees on transportation when the legislature is in session, and when the legislature is not in session, to the joint transportation oversight committee at one of the meetings scheduled pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 12b(d).

Sec. 55.  Sec. 69b of H.143 of 2005 is amended by adding the following project to the list of projects:

Program    Project name         Route                Project number

Paving       Bolton-South         I-89 south        Im-089-2(36)

                 Burlington                          

Sec. 56.  JOINT TRANSPORTATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

               REVIEW

On or before September 5, 2005 the joint fiscal office shall present the joint transportation oversight committee options for changing the relationship between the transportation fund and transportation fund appropriations for programs outside the agency of transportation and agency appropriations.  The options shall take into consideration the limited growth of transportation fund revenues, the growing transportation funding needs, and the demands on the general fund.  They shall include revenue and spending options, and descriptions of the fiscal impact on the transportation and general funds.  The joint transportation oversight committee shall review the options at its September meeting and submit its recommendation to the secretary of administration for inclusion in the fiscal year 2007 budget.



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