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H.523

AN ACT RELATING TO THE STATE’S TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

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; and 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.

* * * Program Development - Interstate Bridge * * *

Sec. 2.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT - INTERSTATE BRIDGE

The following modifications are made to the program development - interstate bridge program:

(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

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

(2)  The following projects and their associated funding as approved or amended by this act are moved to the bridge maintenance 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

(3)  Total spending in the interstate bridge program, including the changes made in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this section, is authorized as follows.

     FY06                       As Proposed                   As Amended          Change

     Total                             5,581,764                          410,000    -5,171,764

     Source of Funds

     State                                558,177                            41,000       -517,177

     Federal                         5,023,587                          369,000    -4,654,587

     Local                            1,667,342                       1,508,678       -158,664

     Total                             5,581,764                          410,000    -5,171,764

* * * Program Development - State Bridge * * *

Sec. 3.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT - STATE BRIDGE

The following modifications are made to the program development - state bridge program:

(1)  The following project and its associated funding as approved or amended by this act is moved to the bridge maintenance program:

System    Project               Project Number      Description

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

(2)  Total spending in the state bridge program, including the changes made in subdivision (1) of this section, is authorized as follows.

     FY06                       As Proposed                   As Amended          Change

     Total                           26,868,884                     26,347,832       -521,052

     Source of Funds

     State                             4,769,674                       4,665,464       -104,210

     Federal                       22,099,210                     21,682,368       -416,842

     Total                           26,868,884                     26,347,832       -521,052

* * * Program Development − Roadway Program * * *

Sec. 4.  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

     Total                                                      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 transportation 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

     Total                                                      700,000                700,000

(4)  Funding 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                                           637,756                637,756

     Total                                                      637,756                637,756

     Source of Funds

     State                                                      125,776                125,776

     Federal                                                  511,980                511,980

     Total                                                      637,756                637,756

(5)  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

     Total                                   550,000             50,000          -500,000

(6)(A)  Spending authority for the Bennington Bypass South NHF 019‑1(4) project is amended to read:

     FY06                          As Proposed      As Amended            Change

     PE                                                           1,131,485                      0            -1,131,485

     ROW                                            0           200,000           200,000

     Total                                1,131,485           200,000          -931,485

     Source of Funds

     State                                   226,297           200,000            -26,297

     Federal                               905,188                      0          -905,188

     Total                                1,131,485           200,000          -931,485

(B)  The funds authorized for the project shall be used to purchase real property along the projected right‑of‑way of the project so as to preserve the corridor for construction of the project in the future when resources balanced with commitments as provided in 19 V.S.A. § 10g(d) become available.

(7)  Spending authority for the 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                                   1,000,000        1,000,000

     Total                                1,000,000        1,000,000                      0

     Source of Funds

     State                                     30,000             30,000                      0

     Federal                               950,000           950,000                      0

     Local                                  450,000           450,000                      0

     Total                                1,000,000        1,000,000                      0

(8)  The following projects have received federal earmark funds and are added to the roadway program – statewide development and evaluation for fiscal year 2005 and fiscal year 2006:

(A)  Windsor – Industrial Access Road:  $1,000,000 from the federal Transportation and Community and System Preservation Program (TCSP);

(B)  Swanton – Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge:  $500,000 from the federal Public Lands Highway Program (PLH);

(C)  Norwich – Silvio Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Educational Outreach Center:  $1,000,000 from the federal Public Lands Highway Program (PLH);

(D)  Johnson STP 030-2( ):  $1,984,000 from the Section 117 Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Funds for improvements on VT 15;

(E)  Essex Junction STP 5300( ):  $496,000 from the Section 117 Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Funds.

* * * Program Development - Park and Ride Program * * *

Sec. 5.  PARK AND RIDE PROGRAM

The following modifications are made to the program development - 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 transportation program.  Construction of the facility shall proceed over a two‑fiscal‑year period.

* * * Program Development – Safety and Traffic Operations * * *

Sec. 6.  SAFETY AND TRAFFIC OPERATIONS

All highway projects in which safety is a dominant feature, including projects in which the construction of a roundabout is an option, shall be listed and considered as part of the safety and traffic operations program.

* * * Program Development Vehicle Fleet * * *

Sec. 7.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT VEHICLE FLEET

The program development program is modified to eliminate the proposed addition of two vehicles, one for use by materials and research program and one for use by the bridge inspection program.  Spending authority is reduced by the amount of $60,000 in transportation funds.

* * * Policy and Planning * * *

Sec. 8.  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

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

(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. 9 of this act.

Sec. 9.  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.

* * * Enhancement Funds * * *

Sec. 10.  ENHANCEMENT FUNDS

Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 38, the first $200,000 of federal funds allocated to the enhancement grant program for fiscal year 2006 under 19 V.S.A. § 38(e)(1) shall be allocated to policy and planning for the youth corps program as provided in Sec. 8(b)(1) of this act.

* * * Rest Areas * * *

Sec. 11.  REST AREAS

(a)  The Hartford I-91 rest area sewer line project is authorized to proceed provided the state’s share of the project cost is limited to 10 percent of the costs determined by federal authorities to be eligible for federal cost share participation.  Subject to the 10‑percent limitation, if the total cost of the project exceeds the amount determined to be eligible for federal cost share participation, the project may proceed if the department of buildings and general services determines that funding to cover the project costs not eligible for federal participation is or will be available from sources other than the transportation fund.

(b)  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.

* * * 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

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

(b)  Spending authority for the purchase of interstate passenger rail service is amended as follows.  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

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

(c)  The rail operations program is changed to the rail program and total authorized spending, including the changes made in subsections (a) and (b) 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        6,496,458           335,000

     Total                                7,626,091        9,772,202        2,146,111

     Source of Funds

     State                                6,535,818        7,421,929           886,111

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

     Total                                7,626,091        9,772,202        2,146,111

(d)  These changes are made to accomplish the objectives of subsections (a) and (b) 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

     Total                                   900,000                      0          -900,000

(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

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

(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.

* * * Agency Vehicle Fleet * * *

Sec. 15.  AGENCY VEHICLE FLEET

Pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 13(b), the agency is authorized to add one plow truck to the fleet to service an increase in lane mileage in district 1 and one aerial lift truck for signal repair and maintenance.

* * * Maintenance Program * * *

Sec. 16.  MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

(a)  The agency shall identify the segments of the state highway system on which there is a significant volume of bicycle traffic and direct the maintenance districts, within the constraints of authorized spending and in coordination with state highway maintenance work, to sweep and repair the shoulders of such segments to improve the shoulder paths available to bicyclists.  Whenever possible, the maintenance districts shall coordinate with the bike and ped coalition to identify bicycle rides and events which could benefit from pre-ride maintenance of state highways.

(b)  The sum of $25,000 in transportation funds is authorized for the shoulder maintenance work described in subsection (a) of this section.  The agency shall allocate the spending authority among the maintenance districts, taking into consideration the volume of bicycle traffic on different state highway segments and the condition of the shoulder paths along such segments which are available to bicyclists.

(c)  Spending authority for personal services in the maintenance program is increased by $105,000 in transportation funds.

(d)  Total spending authority for the maintenance program, including the changes made in subsections (a) through (c) of this section, is amended to read:

     FY06                          As Proposed     As Amended           Change  

     Personal                         29,352,669      29,457,669           105,000

     Operating                      24,446,617      24,471,617             25,000

     Grants                                 987,800           987,800                      0

     Total                             54,787,086      54,917,086           130,000

     Source of Funds

     State                              54,079,586      54,209,586           130,000

     Federal                               707,500           707,500                      0

     Total                              54,787,086      54,917,086           130,000

* * * Transportation Buildings * * *

Sec. 17.  TRANSPORTATION BUILDINGS

(a)  The sum of $75,000 in transportation funds is authorized for replacement of the vehicle exhaust and ventilation system at the central garage.

(b)  The sum of $100,000 in transportation funds is authorized to update the electrical service and wiring at the central garage.

(c)  Total spending authority for the transportation buildings program, including the changes made in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, is amended to read:

     FY06                           As Proposed     As Amended             Change

     PE                                                              200,000           200,000            0

     Construction                    1,047,548        1,222,548           175,000

     Total                                1,047,548        1,422,548           175,000

     Source of Funds

     State                               1,247,548        1,422,548           175,000

     Total                                1,247,548        1,422,548           175,000

* * * Town Highway Bridge Program * * *

Sec. 18.  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

     Total                                                   1,205,500             1,205,500

(2)  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          -302,825

     Local                                    37,853                      0            -37,853

     Total                                   378,531                      0          -378,531

(3)  Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 309a, the local share of the Bethel BRF 0241(33)C/2 project in all its phases through construction of a replacement bridge shall be five percent.  Fiscal year 2006 spending authority for the project is amended to read:

     FY06                          As Proposed      As Amended            Change

     Construction                    2,500,000        2,500,000                      0

     Total                                2,500,000        2,500,000                      0

     Source of Funds

     State                                  250,000           375,000           125,000

     Federal                            2,000,000        2,000,000                      0

     Local                                  250,000           125,000          -125,000

     Total                               2,500,000        2,500,000                      0

(4)  The following projects and their associated funding as approved or amended by this act are moved to the bridge maintenance program:

     System              Project                          Project Number      Description

     Town           Johnson                              BHO 1448(18)      Rehab BR6

Town           Montpelier                          BHM 6400(25)      Rehab BR11

Town           Norwich                             TH2 9625              Rehab BR46

(5)  Total authorized spending in the town bridge program, including the changes made in subdivisions (1) - (4), is amended to read:

     FY06                        As Proposed                   As Amended          Change

     Total                           20,955,427                     20,555,175       -400,252

     Source of Funds

     State                             4,248,628                       3,829,314       -356,314

     Federal                       15,039,457                     15,099,183          59,726

     Local                            1,667,342                       1,563,678       -103,664

     Total                           20,955,427                     20,555,175       -400,252

* * * Town Highway Emergency Fund * * *

Sec. 19.  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           350,000          -400,000

     Total                                   750,000           350,000          -400,000

     Source of Funds

     State                                   750,000           350,000          -400,000

     Total                                   750,000           350,000          -400,000

* * * Additional Federal Funds * * *

Sec. 20.  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)  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, or to obligate federal fiscal year 2006 funds to state fiscal year 2007 paving projects currently planned for advance construction in federal fiscal year 2006 (summer of calendar year 2006) and conversion in federal fiscal year 2007;  

(2)  To advance projects in the state’s fiscal year 2006 transportation program with priority given to shelf projects and projects in the safety and traffic operations, paving, bridge, or bridge maintenance programs.

* * * Transportation Funds * * *

Sec. 21.  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, the transportation board, 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 of the total of the prior fiscal year transportation fund appropriations and for fiscal year 2007 and thereafter, shall not exceed $38,221,563.00.

* * * Joint Transportation Oversight Committee * * *

Sec. 22.  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. 23.  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, including a detailed description of the manner in which projects are selected, prioritized, and the manner in which projects are adjusted on the priority list, and a report on transportation finances.

* * * Public Transit * * *

Sec. 24.  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.

* * * Cancellation of Projects * * *

Sec. 25.  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)  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 * * *

Sec. 26.  19 V.S.A. § 13(c) is amended to read:

(c)  There shall be established and maintained within the central garage fund, a separate transportation equipment replacement account for the purposes stated in subsection (b) of this section.  Beginning in In fiscal year 2002 2006, $1,400,000.00 and in fiscal year 2007 and thereafter, an amount equal to two‑thirds of one percent of the prior year transportation fund appropriation, but not less than $1,400,000.00, shall be transferred prior to August 1 from the transportation fund to the central garage fund and allocated to the transportation equipment replacement account, and beginning in fiscal year 2001, and thereafter, an amount not less than the sum of equipment depreciation expense and net equipment sales from the prior fiscal year, shall be allocated prior to August 1 from within the central garage fund to the transportation equipment replacement account.  All expenditures from this account shall be appropriated by the general assembly and used exclusively for the purchase of equipment as authorized in subsection (b) of this section.

* * * Connecticut River Bridge Advisory Commission * * *

Sec. 27.  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.

* * * Emergency Repairs to Existing Facilities * * *

Sec. 28.  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 emergency 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. 29.  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. 30.  PREFABRICATED BRIDGES

In the fiscal year 2007 transportation program, the agency shall identify potential candidates on the state, interstate, and town highway bridge systems for development and construction utilizing prefabricated components and construction techniques.

* * * Vermont Rail Authority Summer Study * * *

Sec. 31.  VERMONT RAIL AUTHORITY STUDY COMMITTEE

(a)  A summer study committee is established, consisting of one member of the house committee on transportation designated by the speaker of the house, one member of the senate committee on transportation designated by the committee on committees, the state treasurer or designee, the secretary of administration or designee, the secretary of transportation or designee, two representatives of the agency of transportation designated by the secretary of transportation, a representative of the department of economic development designated by the commissioner of economic development, and a representative of the Vermont rail advisory council designated by the council.  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).  Other members of the committee who are not state employees shall be entitled to per diem compensation and expense reimbursement as provided in 32 V.S.A. § 1010.  The committee is authorized to hold not more than four meetings.

(b)  The committee shall make recommendations regarding the advisability of creating a rail authority in the state of Vermont or altering the duties and responsibilities of the existing Vermont transportation authority created under 29 V.S.A. chapter 16.  The committee shall consider the following:

(1)  Advantages and disadvantages of transferring responsibility for management of state-owned railroad properties from the agency of transportation to an authority;

(2)  Efficient planning, development, and delivery of railroad projects;

(3)  Efficient coordination of adjustments to railroad facilities required by highway construction projects;

(4)  Impact on railroad operators;

(5)  Support of economic development activity in the state;

(6)  Regulatory jurisdiction of the transportation board over highway-rail crossings, farm crossings, fences, and other matters involving railroads; 

(7)  Financial requirements;

(8)  Impacts on the transportation fund and the state’s bond rating; and

(9)  Other issues that the committee may find relevant to the matter.

(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 by January 15, 2006, at which time the committee’s existence shall terminate.

* * * Bridge Maintenance Program* * *

Sec. 32.  BRIDGE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

(a)  The bridge maintenance program is hereby created within the transportation program and as a separate appropriations line item.  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 inclusion in the bridge maintenance 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 bridge maintenance 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

(c)  Spending authority for the bridge maintenance program is added as follows.  To the extent 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 Proposed     As Amended             Change

     Total                                                        4,662,281        4,662,281

     Source of Funds

     State                                                           959,622           959,622

     Federal                                                    3,641,298        3,641,298

     Local                                                            61,361             61,361

     Total                                                        4,662,281        4,662,281

* * * Discretionary Spending Authority * * *

Sec. 33.  DISCRETIONARY SPENDING AUTHORITY

Spending authority in the amount of $156,334 in transportation funds and $1,838,613 in federal funds shall be allocated in the discretion of the secretary to projects in the safety and traffic operations, the town bridge, and the bridge maintenance programs.

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

Sec. 34.  MUNICIPAL EQUIPMENT LOAN FUND; 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 the secretary 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.

* * * Town Structures Program * * *

Sec. 35.  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. 36.  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. 37.  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 $1.00; 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.

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

Sec. 38.  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)  The conveyance authorized by this section shall adhere to the requirements of 19 V.S.A. § 10k(b) and the town of Windsor shall be responsible, at its own expense, for obtaining any needed surveys and subdivision approvals.    

* * * Municipal Park and Ride Grant Demonstration Program * * *

Sec. 39.  MUNICIPAL PARK AND RIDE GRANT PROGRAM

The sum of $200,000 is authorized for use by the agency of transportation for the purpose of implementing the program established in Sec. 61 of Act No.160 of 2004.

* * * Purchase of State Police Cruisers * * *

Sec. 40.  STATE POLICE CRUISERS

The sum of $100,000 in transportation funds is authorized for expenditure by the department of public safety for the purchase of state police cruisers for field duty work.

* * * Welcome Center and Rest Area Monuments * * *

Sec. 41.  WELCOME CENTER AND REST AREA MONUMENTS

The sum of $50,000 in transportation funds is authorized for expenditure by the agency to fund the construction of monuments honoring the builders of Vermont’s interstate system to be located at welcome centers and rest areas at entry points to the state.

* * * Public Transit Preventive Maintenance * * *

Sec. 42.  RURAL PUBLIC TRANSIT PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

(a)  A new project, the rural public transit preventive maintenance project, is added to the public transit program.  The project shall be administered by the agency in accordance with federal transit administration regulations.

(b)  The public transit program is modified as follows.  Federal funds in the amount of $500,000 proposed for use in the new starts program are reallocated to the rural public transit preventive maintenance project.  Project spending authority shall be allocated to each transit provider in the state, other than the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA), according to the percentage of operating assistance funds that each provider was reimbursed from the statewide total of operating assistance funds in fiscal year 2005, excluding assistance received by CCTA, 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, as detailed in the provider’s most recent audit.

(c)  In the event federal funds are allocated to a transit provider pursuant to this section and the provider does not have the local matching funds which are required to draw down the full amount of allocated federal funds, or the provider does not have federally eligible preventive maintenance expenses to utilize fully the allocated federal funds, the unutilized federal funds shall be reallocated to the other transit providers receiving funds under the project in accordance with the formula set forth in subsection (b) of this section adjusted to exclude the transit provider unable to utilize the federal funds.

(d)  Any funds provided by this section to a transit provider in fiscal year 2006 shall not be used to reduce the amount of locally generated funds committed by the provider for use in fiscal year 2006 as a condition to receiving state assistance.

Sec. 43.  CHITTENDEN COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

               PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

A new project, the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) preventive maintenance project, is added to the public transit program.  In the event the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO), with respect to any CCMPO area project in which the spending of federal funds is authorized in the fiscal year 2006 transportation program, approves of  a reduction in the authorized spending of federal funds and reallocates the unspent federal funds to the CCTA preventive maintenance project within the CCMPO transportation improvement plan (TIP), the reallocated federal funds in the TIP up to a total of $500,000 shall be allocated to the CCTA preventive maintenance project.  Upon the CCMPO’s amendment of the TIP as described in this section, the agency shall make such funds available to the CCTA.

* * * Project Prioritization * * *

Sec. 44.  19 V.S.A. § 10g(l) and (m) are added to read:

(l)  The agency shall develop a numerical grading system to assign a priority rating to all program development paving, program development roadway, program development safety and traffic operations, program development state and interstate bridge, and town highway bridge and bridge maintenance projects.  The rating system shall consist of two separate additive components as follows.

(1)  One component shall be limited to asset management‑based factors which are objective and quantifiable and shall consider, without limitation, the following:

(A)  existing safety conditions in the project area and the impact of the project on improving safety conditions;

(B)  the average, seasonal, peak, and nonpeak volume of traffic in the project area, including the proportion of traffic volume relative to total volume in the region, and the impact of the project on congestion and mobility conditions in the region;

(C)  the availability, accessibility, and usability of alternative routes;

(D)  the impact of the project on future maintenance and reconstruction costs; and

(E)  the relative priority assigned to the project by the relevant regional planning commission or the Chittenden County metropolitan planning organization.

(2)  The second component of the priority rating system shall consider, without limitation, the following factors:

(A)  the functional importance of the highway or bridge as a link in the local, regional, or state economy; and

(B)  the functional importance of the highway or bridge in the social and cultural life of the surrounding communities;

(m)  The annual transportation program shall include an individual priority rating pursuant to subsection (l) of this section for each highway paving, roadway, safety and traffic operations, and bridge project in the program along with a description of the system and methodology used to assign the ratings.

* * * Spring Projects * * *

Sec. 45.  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 Burlington                   I-89 south     IM-089-2(36)

 

 



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