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H.527

Introduced by Committee on Transportation

Date:

Subject:  Transportation; transportation program

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to approve, with modifications, the state’s transportation program for fiscal year 2008 and to make miscellaneous changes in statutes relating to transportation.

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; ADVANCEMENTS,

             CANCELLATIONS, AND DELAYS

(a)  The state’s proposed fiscal year 2008 transportation program appended to the agency of transportation’s proposed fiscal year 2008 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 – Paving * * *

Sec. 2.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT – PAVING

The following modifications are made to the program development – paving program:

(1)  Authorized spending on district leveling is amended to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                            0                      0                      0

          ROW                                       0                      0                      0

          Construction               1,000,000        1,300,000           300,000

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                           1,000,000        1,300,000           300,000

       Sources of funds                                                                           

          State                           1,000,000        1,300,000           300,000

          Town Fund                               0                      0                      0

          Federal                                     0                      0                      0

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                           1,000,000        1,300,000           300,000

* * * Program Development – Roadway * * *

Sec. 3.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT – ROADWAY

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

(1)  Authorized spending on roadway development and evaluation is modified by adding the following funds for the Springfield TH 3 project, STP 0136(1).  The agency shall use the additional funds to advance the preventive maintenance segments of the project.

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                 100,000           100,000                      0

     ROW                                       0                      0                      0

     Construction                             0           500,000           500,000

     Other                                        0                      0                      0

     Total                              100,000           600,000           500,000

Sources of funds                                                                             

     State                                18,920             68,920             50,000

     Town fund                                0                      0                      0

     Federal                            81,080           481,080           400,000

     Local                                        0             50,000             50,000

     Total                              100,000           600,000           500,000

(2)  Authorized spending on the Morristown VT100 project, STP F

029-1(2), is amended to read:

   FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

     PE                                   50,000             50,000                      0

     ROW                            150,000           300,000           150,000

     Construction                             0                      0                      0

     Other                                        0                      0                      0

     Total                              200,000           350,000           150,000

   Sources of funds                                                                           

     State                                40,880             71,540             30,660

     Town fund                                0                      0                      0

     Federal                          159,120           278,460           119,340

     Local                                        0                      0                      0

     Total                              200,000           350,000           150,000

(3)  With respect to the Morristown VT100 project, STP F 029-1(2), the agency in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan for federal fiscal years 2008–2011 shall identify in federal fiscal years 2008-2010 such federal funds which, in combination with the related nonfederal matching funds, will be required to advance the project to the point where it will be ready for construction in state fiscal year 2011 and shall further identify in federal fiscal year 2011 a minimum of $400,000 of federal funds for construction of the project.

(4)  Authorized spending on roadway development and evaluation is modified by adding the following funds for the Bennington Bypass South project, NH F 019-1(4):

   FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

     PE                                            0           450,000           450,000

     ROW                                       0                      0                      0

     Construction                             0                      0                      0

     Other                                        0                      0                      0

     Total                                         0           450,000           450,000

   Sources of funds

     State                                         0             90,000             90,000

     Town fund                                0                      0                      0

     Federal                                     0           360,000           360,000

     Local                                        0                      0                      0

Total                                         0           450,000           450,000

(5)  The Waterbury Main Street project FEGC F‑013-4(13) shall be assigned to the development and evaluation (D & E) list.  The $200.000 of funds authorized for expenditure in fiscal year 2007 shall be brought forward and used in fiscal year 2008 to advance the improvements at the intersection of Park Row and Main Street.

(6)  Authorized spending on the St. Albans Federal Street project, HPP 8000( ), is modified as follows.  The nonfederal funds required to match the federal earmark for this project shall be provided one-half by the state and

one-half by the city of St. Albans.

FY08                         As Proposed    As Amended             Change

PE                                 150,000           150,000                      0

ROW                                       0                      0                      0

Construction                             0                      0                      0

Other                                        0                      0                      0

Total                              150,000           150,000                      0

Sources of funds

State                                         0             15,000             15,000

Town fund                                0                      0                      0

Federal                          120,000           120,000                      0

Local                               30,000             15,000            -15,000

Total                              150,000           150,000                      0

(7)  Authorized spending on statewide ledge/slope projects is amended to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                 250,000           156,250            -93,750

          ROW                            250,000           156,250            -93,750

          Construction               1,500,000           937,500          -562,500

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                           2,000,000        1,250,000          -750,000

       Sources of funds

          State                              378,400           236,250          -142,150

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                       1,621,600        1,013,750          -607,850

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                           2,000,000        1,250,000          -750,000

(8)  A new project is added to the SFY 2007 and SFY 2008 development and evaluation section:  Pittsford police academy has received an earmark for a project to provide a driver training pad at the criminal justice and fire service training center in Pittsford.  The pad will facilitate in the training of various protection agencies in the defensive operation of their vehicle and to conduct emergency vehicle operations, fire, rescue training, “stopping vehicle training” and for motorcycle licensing.  The project consists of constructing a 350′ x 125′ bituminous concrete training pad with an 800′ long x 20′ wide bituminous concrete acceleration/approach road to the pad.  The amount of federal funds available from the earmark is $491,964 (100 percent - Federal).  The project shall appear as follows: Pittsford STP SKID(1).

(9)  The Middlebury Cross Street project STP 5900( ) which was inadvertently omitted from the agency’s proposed FY08 transportation program as submitted to the general assembly, shall be included by the agency in its publication of the transportation program as enacted by the general assembly pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 10g(f).

(10)(A)  Authorized spending for the Cambridge-Johnson TH4 Hogback Road project, STP 0274(1) is added to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                            0                      0                      0

          ROW                                       0                      0                      0

          Construction                             0           162,176           162,176

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0           162,176           162,176

       Sources of funds

          State                                         0             82,160             82,160

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                                     0             80,016             80,016

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0           162,176           162,176

(B)  Cambridge’s local share of the project cost shall be $30,281, and  Johnson’s share shall be $31,875.  The additional funds authorized for the project are provided to add $80,016 in federal funds to make up the difference between the federal earmark for the project and the federally eligible portion of the total estimated project cost based on the Gorham Brothers Group low project bid and to add $82,160 in state funds to make up the remaining difference between the total estimated project cost based on the Gorham Brothers Group low project bid and the local shares of the project cost as fixed herein.

* * * Program Development – State Bridges * * *

Sec. 4.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT – STATE BRIDGES

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

(1)  A project to reconstruct the Bridge Street bridge in Morrisville on VT 100 is added to the transportation program. 

(2)  Authorized spending on the Williamstown BRS 0204(4) project, replacement of BR10 over brook No.2, is amended to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                     1,603               1,603                      0

          ROW                              48,716             48,716                      0

          Construction                  850,000           450,000          -400,000

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                              900,319           500,319          -400,000

       Sources of funds                                                                           

          State                              180,064           100,064            -80,000

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                          720,255           400,255          -320,000

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                              900,319           500,319          -400,000

(3)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of candidates is amended to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                 492,717                      0          -492,717

          ROW                            288,737                      0          -288,737

          Construction                             0                      0                      0

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                              781,454                      0          -781,454

       Sources of funds

          State                              156,290                      0          -156,290

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                          625,164                      0          -625,164

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                              781,454                      0          -781,454

(4)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of the Addison, VT – Crown Point, NY bridge project is added to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                            0             50,000             50,000

          ROW                                       0                      0                      0

          Construction                             0                      0                      0

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0             50,000             50,000

       Sources of funds

          State                                         0             10,000             10,000

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                                     0             40,000             40,000

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0             50,000             50,000

(5)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of the East Montpelier BR74 (US 2) bridge project, BRF 028-3(36)SC, is added to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                            0             40,000             40,000

          ROW                                       0             50,000             50,000

          Construction                             0                      0                      0

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0             90,000             90,000

       Sources of funds

          State                                         0             18,000             18,000

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                                     0             72,000             72,000

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0             90,000             90,000

(6)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of the East Montpelier BR68 (VT 14) bridge project, BRF 037-1(7), is added to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                            0           100,000           100,000

          ROW                                       0             55,754             55,754

          Construction                             0                      0                      0

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0           155,754           155,754

       Sources of funds

          State                                         0             31,151             31,151

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                                     0           124,603           124,603

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0           155,754           155,754

(7)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of the North Hero – Grand Isle BR 8 (US 2) bridge project, BRF 028-1(18)SC, is added to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                            0             12,500             12,500

          ROW                                       0                      0                      0

          Construction                             0                      0                      0

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0             12,500             12,500

       Sources of funds

          State                                         0               2,500               2,500

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                                     0             10,000             10,000

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0             12,500             12,500

(8)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of the Walden project to replace BR83 on VT 15, BRF 030-3(3) is added to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                            0                      0                      0

          ROW                                       0             23,200             23,200

          Construction                             0                      0                      0

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0             23,200             23,200

Sources of funds

          State                                         0               4,640               4,640

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                                     0             18,560             18,560

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0             23,200             23,200

* * * Program Development-Interstate Bridges * * *

Sec. 5.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT – INTERSTATE BRIDGES

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

(1) Authorized spending for development and evaluation of candidates is amended to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

PE                                 237,500                      0          -237,500

ROW                                       0                      0                      0

Construction                             0                      0                      0

Other                                        0                      0                      0

Total                              237,500                      0          -237,500

       Sources of funds

State                                23,750                      0            -23,750

Town fund                                0                      0                      0

Federal                          213,750                      0          -213,750

Local                                        0                      0                      0

Total                              237,500                      0          -237,500

* * * Maintenance * * *

Sec. 6.  MAINTENANCE

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

       FY08                             As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          Personal Services           32,933,303      32,933,303                      0

     Operating Expenses       30,858,345      30,058,345          -800,000

     Grants                                206,500           206,500                      0

     Total                              63,998,148      63,198,148          -800,000

Sources of funds

     State                              60,174,213      59,374,213          -800,000

     Town fund                                     0                      0                      0

     Federal                            3,723,935        3,723,935                      0

     Other                                  100,000           100,000                      0

     Total                              63,998,148      63,198,148          -800,000

(b)  These changes are made to reduce funding for intelligent transportation system projects (ITS).  The agency shall allocate the remaining authorized funds for ITS projects at its discretion.

* * * Rest Area Capital Projects * * *

Sec. 7.  REST AREAS

The following modifications are made to the rest areas program:

(1)  Authorized spending on the Hartford I-91 rest area sewer line project, IM BLDG(1), is amended to read:

FY08                         As Proposed    As Amended             Change

PE                                   50,000             50,000                      0

ROW                                       0                      0                      0

Construction               2,950,000        3,250,000           300,000

Other                                        0                      0                      0

Total                           3,000,000        3,300,000           300,000

Sources of funds                                                                            

State                              300,000           600,000           300,000

Town fund                                0                      0                      0

Federal                       2,700,000        2,700,000                      0

Local                                        0                      0                      0

Total                           3,000,000        3,300,000           300,000


* * * Public Transit * * *

Sec. 8.  PUBLIC TRANSIT

Authorized spending on public transit is amended to read as follows. Funding of public transit is to be addressed in separate legislation:

(1)  Authorized spending for capital assistance  is amended to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          Personal services            948,669                      0          -948,669

          Operating expenses          77,517                      0            -77,517

          Grants                       16,225,259                      0     -16,225,259

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                         17,251,445                      0     -17,251,445

       Sources of funds                                                                           

          State                           5,899,044                      0       -5,899,044

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                     11,352,401                      0     -11,352,401

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                         17,251,445                      0     -17,251,445

* * * Operations – Transportation Buildings * * *

Sec. 9.  OPERATIONS – TRANSPORTATION BUILDINGS

(a)  Authorized spending on transportation buildings is amended to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                   76,579             50,000            -26,579

          ROW                                       0                      0                      0

          Construction               1,572,421           972,421          -600,000

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                           1,649,000        1,022,421          -626,579

       Sources of funds

          State                           1,649,000        1,022,421          -626,579

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                                     0                      0                      0           

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                           1,649,000        1,022,421          -626,579

(b)  These changes are made to cut the funding of the Essex, Tunbridge, and Windsor projects while preserving the funding of the Marlboro, Orange, and statewide development and evaluation projects.

* * * Policy and Planning * * *

Sec. 10.  POLICY AND PLANNING

Authorized spending in policy and planning is amended to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          Personal Services        4,969,906        4,921,906            -48,000

          Operating Expenses       964,875           964,875                      0

          Grants                         4,690,227        4,690,227                      0

          Total                         10,625,008      10,577,008            -48,000

       Sources of funds                                                                           

          State                           2,597,643        2,592,843              -4,800

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                       7,887,365        7,844,165            -43,200

          Other                             140,000           140,000                      0

          Total                         10,625,008      10,577,008            -48,000

* * * Town Highway Bridges * * *

Sec. 11.  TOWN HIGHWAY BRIDGES

The following modifications are made to the program development – town highway bridges program:

(1)  A project to reconstruct the Ripley bridge on Ripley Road in Rutland City near the intersection of Ripley Road and Dorr Drive is added to the transportation program.

(2)  Authorized spending on the Guilford bridge No. 56 on TH13 over Broad Brook, BRO 1442(24), is amended to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                   10,000             10,000                      0

          ROW                                       0                      0                      0

          Construction                             0           350,000           350,000

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                10,000           360,000           350,000

       Sources of funds                                                                           

State                                  1,000             36,000             35,000

Town fund                                0                      0                      0

Federal                              8,000           288,000           280,000

Local                                 1,000             36,000             35,000

Total                                10,000           360,000           350,000

(3)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of candidates is amended to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                 130,000                      0          -130,000

          ROW                              20,000                      0            -20,000

          Construction                             0                      0                      0

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                              150,000                      0          -150,000

       Sources of funds                                                                           

          State                                15,000                      0            -15,000

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                          120,000                      0          -120,000

          Local                               15,000                      0            -15,000

          Total                              150,000                      0          -150,000

(4)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of the Newport City project to replace BR9 on Vernon St., BRO 1449(25), is added to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                            0             25,000             25,000

          ROW                                       0                      0                      0

          Construction                             0                      0                      0

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0             25,000             25,000

       Sources of funds

          State                                         0               2,500               2,500

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                                     0             20,000             20,000

          Local                                        0               2,500               2,500

          Total                                         0             25,000             25,000

(5)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of the Springfield project to replace  BR57 on TH6, BRO 1442(26), is added to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          PE                                            0             30,000             30,000

          ROW                                       0             20,000             20,000

          Construction                             0                      0                      0

          Other                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                                         0             50,000             50,000

       Sources of funds                                                                           

          State                                         0               5,000               5,000

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                                     0             40,000             40,000

          Local                                        0               5,000               5,000

          Total                                         0             50,000             50,000

* * * Town Highway * * *

Sec. 12.  TOWN HIGHWAY STATE AID

Authorized spending on the town highway state aid program is amended to read:

FY08                          As Proposed    As Amended             Change

     Personal Services                      0                      0                      0

     Operating Expenses                  0                      0                      0

     Grants                       24,982,744      26,188,197        1,205,453

     Total                         24,982,744      26,188,197        1,205,453

Sources of funds                                                                             

     State                         24,982,744                      0     -24,982,744

     Town fund                                0      26,188,197      26,188,197

     Federal                                     0                      0                      0

     Local                                        0                      0                      0

     Total                         24,982,744      26,188,197        1,205,453

Sec. 13.  TOWN HIGHWAY STRUCTURES

Authorized spending on the town highway structures program is amended to read:

FY08                          As Proposed    As Amended             Change

     Personal Services                      0                      0                      0

     Operating Expenses                  0                      0                      0

     Grants                         3,494,500        3,494,500                      0

     Total                           3,494,500        3,494,500                      0

Sources of funds                                                                             

     State                           3,494,500                      0       -3,494,500

     Town fund                                0        3,494,500        3,494,500

     Federal                                     0                      0                      0

     Local                                        0                      0                      0

     Total                           3,494,500        3,494,500                      0

Sec. 14.  TOWN HIGHWAY CLASS 2 ROADWAY

Authorized spending on the town highway class 2 roadway program is amended to read:

FY08                          As Proposed    As Amended             Change

     Personal Services                      0                      0                      0

     Operating Expenses                  0                      0                      0

     Grants                         4,748,750        5,748,750        1,000,000

     Total                           4,748,750        5,748,750        1,000,000

Sources of funds

     State                           4,748,750                      0       -4,748,750

     Town fund                                0        5,748,750        5,748,750

     Federal                                     0                      0                      0

     Local                                        0                      0                      0

     Total                           4,748,750        5,748,750        1,000,000

Sec. 15.  TOWN HIGHWAY CLASS 1 SUPPLEMENTAL

Authorized spending on the town highway class 1 supplemental program is amended to read:

FY08                          As Proposed    As Amended             Change

     Personal Services                      0                      0                      0

     Operating Expenses                  0                      0                      0

     Grants                            128,750           128,750                      0

     Total                              128,750           128,750                      0

Sources of funds                                                                             

     State                              128,750                      0          -128,750

     Town fund                                0           128,750           128,750

     Federal                                     0                      0                      0

     Local                                        0                      0                      0

     Total                              128,750           128,750                      0

Sec. 16.  TOWN EMERGENCY FUND

Funding of the town highway emergency fund is amended to read:

       FY08                        As Proposed    As Amended             Change

          Personal Services                      0                      0                      0

          Operating Expenses                  0                      0                      0

          Grants                         1,185,893           500,000          -685,893

          Total                           1,185,893           500,000          -685,893

     Sources of funds

          State                           1,185,893           500,000          -685,893

          Town fund                                0                      0                      0

          Federal                                     0                      0                      0

          Local                                        0                      0                      0

          Total                           1,185,893           500,000          -685,893

* * * Department of Motor Vehicles * * *

Sec. 17.  DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES

(a)  Authorized spending by the department of motor vehicles is amended to read:

   FY08                             As Proposed    As Amended             Change

     Personal Services           17,134,501      17,097,046            -37,455

     Operating Expenses         7,629,667        7,629,667                      0

     Grants                                339,000           339,000                      0

     Total                              25,103,168      25,065,713            -37,455

   Sources of funds                                                                               

     State                              23,329,029      23,291,574            -37,455

     Town fund                                     0                      0                      0

     Federal                            1,774,139        1,774,139                      0

     Local                                             0                      0                      0

     Total                              25,103,168      25,065,713            -37,455

(b)  These changes are made to add $112,545 in state funds for the DMV computer system upgrade project and to cut $150,000 in state funds for personal services overtime spending.

* * * VT 2A/VT 289 – VT 127 Corridor * * *

Sec. 18.  TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS ALONG CORRIDOR

               BETWEEN EXISTING VT 2A/VT 289 INTERCHANGE IN TOWN

               OF ESSEX AND VT 127 (HEINEBERG DRIVE) IN TOWN OF

               COLCHESTER

(a)  For purposes of this section, “corridor” means the corridor between the existing VT 2A/VT 289 interchange in the town of Essex and VT 127 (Heineberg Drive) in the town of Colchester.

(b)  The agency, in cooperation with the Chittenden County metropolitan planning organization (CCMPO), shall provide a projected timeline for transportation improvements along the corridor.  The timeline shall address the following:

(1)  Major steps, including environmental reviews;

(2)  The agency’s best current estimate of the time, workforce, and financial resources needed and likely to be available for transportation improvements along the corridor;

(3)  The CCMPO’s best current estimate of its future year-by-year prioritization of transportation improvements along the corridor within the CCMPO’s transportation improvement plan (TIP);

(4)  The agency’s best current estimate of its future year by year prioritization of transportation improvements along the corridor pursuant to the requirements of 19 V.S.A. § 10g(l)-(m) (priority ratings); and

(5)  The projected fiscal year for starting and ending each of the project process steps for transportation improvements along the corridor, with appropriate caveats.    

(c)  The agency shall present the projected timeline to the house and senate committees on transportation by January 15, 2008.


* * * Town Highway Fund * * *

Sec. 19.  19 V.S.A. § 306b is added to read:

§ 306b.  Town Highway Special Fund

(a)  The town highway fund is established in the treasury as a special fund to be a source of financing for town highway programs.

(b)  Into the fund shall be deposited:

(1)  9/25 of the diesel fuel tax revenue collected pursuant to 23 V.S.A.

§ 3003;

(2)  8/19 of the gasoline tax revenue collected pursuant to 23 V.S.A.

§ 3106; and

(3)  the proceeds from any other sources of revenue as may be provided by act of the general assembly.

(c)  The fund shall be administered pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32, except that interest earned on the fund and any remaining balance shall be retained in the fund.  The agency of transportation shall maintain records indicating the amount of money in the fund at any time.

(d)  All monies received by or generated to the fund shall be used as appropriated by the general assembly for the town highway state aid, town highway structures, town highway class 2 roadway, and town highway class 1 supplemental aid programs.

(e) All appropriations from the town highway fund shall count as appropriations from the transportation fund for purposes of calculating the transportation fund budget stabilization reserve pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 308a.

* * * Town Highway Structures and Class 2 Roadway Programs * * *

Sec. 20.  19 V.S.A. § 306(e) is amended to read:

(e)  State aid for town highway structures.  There shall be an annual appropriation for grants to municipalities for maintenance, including actions to extend life expectancy, and construction of bridges, culverts, and other structures, including causeways and retaining walls, intended to preserve the integrity of the traveled portion of class 1, 2, and 3 town highways.  Each fiscal year, the agency shall approve qualifying projects with a total estimated state share cost of $3,490,000.00 at a minimum equal to 9.8 percent of the consensus forecast revenue of the town highway fund for the fiscal year as new grants.  The agency’s proposed appropriation for the program shall take into account the estimated amount of qualifying invoices submitted to the agency with respect to project grants approved in prior years but not yet completed as well as with respect to new project grants to be approved in the fiscal year.  In a given fiscal year, should expenditures in the town highway structures program exceed the amount appropriated, the agency shall advise the governor of the need to request a supplemental appropriation from the general assembly to fund the additional project cost, provided that the agency has previously committed to completing those projects.  Funds received as grants for state aid for town highway structures may be used by a municipality to satisfy a portion of the matching requirements for federal earmarks, subject to subsection 309b(c) of this title.

Sec. 21.  19 V.S.A. § 306(h) is amended to read:

(h)  Class 2 town highway roadway program.  There shall be an annual appropriation for grants to municipalities for resurfacing, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of paved or unpaved class 2 town highways.  Each fiscal year, the agency shall approve qualifying projects with a total estimated state share cost of $4,240,000.00 at a minimum equal to 16.2 percent of the consensus forecast revenue of the town highway fund for the fiscal year as new grants.  The agency’s proposed appropriation for the program shall take into account the estimated amount of qualifying invoices submitted to the agency with respect to project grants approved in prior years but not yet completed as well as with respect to new project grants to be approved in the fiscal year.  In a given fiscal year, should expenditures in the town highway class 2 roadway program exceed the amount appropriated, the agency shall advise the governor of the need to request a supplemental appropriation from the general assembly to fund the additional project cost, provided that the agency has previously committed to completing those projects.  Funds received as grants for state aid under the class 2 town highway roadway program may be used by a municipality to satisfy a portion of the matching requirements for federal earmarks, subject to subsection 309b(c) of this title.

Sec. 22.  19 V.S.A. § 309b(c) is amended to read:

(c)  Notwithstanding § 309a subsections (a), (b) and (c) of section 309a of this title, a municipality may use a grant awarded under the town highway structures program or the class 2 town highway roadway program to provide the nonfederal matching funds required to draw down a federal earmark.  In all such cases, the grant shall be matched by local funds as provided in this section.  The intended use of a town highway grant as matching funds for a federal earmark shall not entitle a municipal grant applicant to any priority for a grant award in any fiscal year.  When grants awarded under the town highway structures program or the class 2 town highway roadway program are used to satisfy nonfederal matching requirements for federal earmarks, the term “project costs” in subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall refer only to the nonfederal match for the federal earmark. 

Sec. 23.  19 V.S.A. § 309a(d) is added to read:

(d)  In any case of highway or bridge construction in which a municipality bears a share of the project costs, the fair market value of any land, material, or services donated by the municipality and used in the project shall be credited to the municipality’s share of the project costs subject to the provisions of

23 U.S.C. § 323 with respect to a federal aid project.

* * * Central Garage * * *

Sec. 24.  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.  In fiscal year 2006 2008, $1,400,000.00 and in fiscal year 2007 $1,120,000.00 and thereafter, an amount equal to two-thirds of one percent 0.6 percent of the prior year transportation fund appropriation, but not less than $1,400,000.00 $1,120,000.00, 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.

Sec. 25.  AGENCY VEHICLE FLEET

Pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 13(b), the agency is authorized to add one pickup truck with a plow and hopper spreader and one loader to the fleet.


* * * Cancellation of Projects * * *

Sec. 26.  CANCELLATION OF PROJECTS

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

(1)  Bike and pedestrian facilities:

(A)  Swanton STP BIKE(29)S (bike/ped path) (town has requested termination); and

(B)  Williston STP WALK(22) (bike/ped path) (town has requested termination);

(2)  Roadway:

(A)  Fairlee SB VT 00(002) (interpretive center) (town has requested termination); and

(B)  Windsor SB VT 00(003) (waypoint interpretive center) (town has requested termination).

* * * Interpretive Signing for Official Byways * * *

Sec. 27.  10 V.S.A. § 489 is amended to read:

§ 489.  ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICIAL BUSINESS DIRECTIONAL SIGNS

(a)  Lawful businesses and points of interest and cultural, educational, and religious facilities are eligible for official business directional signs, subject to the provisions of this chapter and to rules and regulations promulgated by the travel information council, and subject further to any federal law, rule, or regulation affecting the allocation of federal highway funds or other funds to or for the benefit of this state or any agency or subdivision thereof of the state.

(b)  Notwithstanding any rule or regulation adopted by the travel information council, brown-and-white official business directional signs shall be allowed for the purpose of directing travelers to interpretive information sites along officially designated state and federal byways only.  An official business directional sign authorized under this subsection shall be located on the same state highway as the interpretive information site to which the sign directs attention.

* * * Service of Necessity Petitions * * *

Sec. 28.  19 V.S.A. § 506(a)(1) is amended to read:

(a)  The agency shall prepare a notice of the necessity hearing.  The notice shall include the names of the municipalities in which the lands to be taken or affected are located; the names of all interested persons within the meaning of subdivision 501(2) of this chapter; and a brief statement identifying the proposed project and its location, and the date, time and place of the necessity hearing.  The agency shall make service of copies of the petition, the notice of hearing and the survey (for the purposes of this section, “survey” means a plan, profile, or cross-section of the proposed project) as follows:

(1)  Upon interested persons in accordance with the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure for service of process, except as stated in subsection (b) of this section and in section 519 of this title or, with respect to interested parties with no known residence or place of business within the state, by certified mail, return receipt requested.  The copy of the survey that is served upon interested persons need include only the particular property in which those persons have an interest.

* * * Compensation Hearings; Projects Extending into Two

or More Counties * * *

Sec. 29.  19 V.S.A. § 511 is amended to read:

§ 511.  HEARING TO DETERMINE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION

(a)  Following a determination of the necessity of the taking as above provided, when an owner of land or rights and the agency of transportation are unable to agree on the amount of compensation to be paid, and if the agency of transportation desires to proceed with the taking, the transportation board shall appoint a time and place in the county where the land is situated for examining the premises and hearing parties interested, giving at least 10 days' notice in writing to the person owning the land or having an interest in the land.  At that time and place, a member or members of the transportation board shall hear any person having an interest in the land and desiring to be heard.

(b)  If the land proposed to be acquired extends into two or more counties, the board may hold a single hearing in one of the counties to determine compensation.  In fixing the place for hearing, the transportation board shall take into consideration the needs of the parties. 

* * * Protection of Highways * * *

Sec. 30.  19 V.S.A.  § 1111(b) is amended to read:

(b)  Driveway entrances, highway grades; drainage.  It shall be unlawful to develop, construct, regrade or resurface any driveway, entrance, or approach, or build a fence or building, or deposit material of any kind within, or to in any way affect the grade of a highway right-of-way, or obstruct a ditch, culvert, or drainage course that drains a highway, or fill or grade the land adjacent to a highway so as to divert the flow of water onto the highway right-of-way, or change the use of land served by an existing driveway or entrance, without a written permit from the agency, in the case of state highways, or the legislative body, or designee of a municipality, in the case of town highways.  As a condition of any such permit, compliance with all local ordinances and regulations relating to highways and land use shall be required.  The agency or legislative body, within their respective jurisdictions, may make such rules to carry out the provisions of this section as will adequately protect and promote the safety of the traveling public, maintain reasonable levels of service on the existing highway system, and protect the public investment in the existing highway infrastructure, but shall in no case deny reasonable entrance and exit to or from property abutting the highways, except on limited access highways, using safety, maintenance of reasonable levels of service on the existing highways, and protection of the public investment in the existing highway infrastructure as the test for reasonableness, and except as necessary to be consistent with the planning goals of 24 V.S.A. § 4302 and to be compatible with any regional plan, state agency plan or approved municipal plan. However, in any case involving an access permit for a development contributing 75 or more peak hour trips to state highways or class 1 town highways, the permit may include reasonable conditions and requirements to protect service levels on such highways.

Sec. 31.  19 V.S.A. § 1111(m) and (n) are added to read:

(m)  For purposes of subsection (b) of this section, “change the use of” means:

(1)  a change from residential to commercial use, regardless of trip generation, with the exception of “home occupations” as defined in 24 V.S.A. § 4412(4);

(2)  a change in the type of vehicle being accommodated by the access which involves a consistently greater number or proportion of vehicles of substantially greater size or weight than standard passenger vehicles; or

(3)  a change in the use of the property served by the access, including land, structures, or facilities, or an expansion of the structures or facilities, causing an increase in the trip generation of the property, based on the current edition of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Trip Generation Manual (or actual data), exceeding 25 percent more trip generation (either peak hour or daily) and exceeding 100 vehicles per day more than the existing use. 

(n)  Where a change in land use as defined in subsection (m) of this section is projected, the property owner shall contact the agency (in the case of access to a state highway) or the town (in the case of access to a town highway) to determine whether a new permit application and modifications to the existing access or accesses will be required.  If the agency (in the case of access to a state highway) or the town (in the case of access to a town highway) determines that the change does not require modifications to the existing permitted access, a new permit application shall not be required. 

* * * Traffic-Control Signals * * *

Sec. 32.  23 V.S.A. § 1022(c) is amended to read:

(c)  Steady red signal.

(1)  Vehicular traffic facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection.

(2)  Except when a sign is in place prohibiting a turn, vehicular traffic facing any steady red signal may cautiously enter the intersection to turn right, or to turn left from a one way street into a one way street, after stopping as required by subdivision (c)(1) of this section subsection.  Such vehicular This traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection.  No motorist shall turn right when facing a red arrow signal indication unless a regulatory sign is present which permits this movement. 

(3)  Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian-control signal as provided in section 1023 of this title, pedestrians facing a steady red signal alone shall not enter the roadway.

* * * Development Review Applications; Notice Requirements * * *

Sec. 33.  24 V.S.A. § 4464(a)(1) and (2) are amended to read:  

(a)  Notice procedures.  All development review applications before an appropriate municipal panel under procedures set forth in this chapter shall require notice as follows.

(1)  A warned public hearing shall be required for conditional use review, variances, administrative officer appeals, and final plat review for subdivisions.  Any public notice for a warned public hearing shall be given not less than 15 days prior to the date of the public hearing by all the following:

(A)  Publication of the date, place, and purpose of the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality affected.

(B)  Posting of the same information in three or more public places within the municipality in conformance with location requirements of 1 V.S.A. § 312(c)(2), including posting within view from the public right-of-way most nearly adjacent to the property for which an application is made.

(C)  Written notification to the applicant and to owners of all properties adjoining the property subject to development, without regard to any public right-of-way including the owners of properties on the other side of adjoining highways or other public rights-of-way, and, in any situation where a variance is sought regarding setbacks from a state highway, also including written notification to the secretary of transportation.  The notification shall include a description of the proposed project and shall be accompanied by information that clearly informs the recipient where additional information may be obtained, and that participation in the local proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

(2)  Public notice for hearings on all other types of development review, including site plan review, shall be given not less than seven days prior to the date of the public hearing, and shall include at a minimum all the following:

(A)  Posting of the date, place, and purpose of the hearing in three or more public places within the municipality in conformance with the time and location requirements of 1 V.S.A. § 312(c)(2).

(B)  Written notification to the applicant and to the owners of all properties adjoining the property subject to development, without regard to right-of-way including the owners of properties on the other side of adjoining highways or other public rights-of-way, and, in any situation where a variance is sought regarding setbacks from a state highway, also including written notification to the secretary of transportation.  The notification shall include a description of the proposed project and shall be accompanied by information that clearly informs the recipient where additional information may be obtained, and that participation in the local proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

* * * Approval of Real Estate Transaction in Charlotte * * *

Sec. 34.  APPROVAL FOR CONVEYANCE OF REAL ESTATE IN TOWN

               OF CHARLOTTE

Subject to the approval of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the secretary of transportation, as agent for the state of Vermont, is authorized to convey to the Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc. (VELCO) or an affiliated company, for use as a site for an electrical power substation in connection with the Northwest Reliability Project, for fair market value, part of the land acquired by the state of Vermont in 2000 for a commuter rail station and parking lot, which were part of the Charlotte–Burlington commuter train project.  The conveyance may include an easement over the state’s remaining property for vehicular access to Ferry Road (VT F-5; TH 3).


* * * DMV Staffing * * *

Sec. 35.  DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES STAFFING

For fiscal year 2008, within the commercial vehicle enforcement division, a total of 25 and for fiscal year 2009, a total of 24, classified positions are authorized for the department of motor vehicles.

* * * Smugglers Notch * * *

Sec. 36.  SMUGGLERS NOTCH

To enforce the winter closure of VT 108 at Smugglers Notch, the agency shall physically block the highway at both closure points with obstacles extending the width of the highway posted with signs advising that the highway is closed, and that traveling on the highway when it is closed is a violation of the motor vehicle laws of the state.  Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, if the highway is officially closed but the physical barriers at both closure points are not in place, no ticket or any other form of summons and notice of a motor vehicle violation shall be issued to motorists driving on the closed portion of the highway.

* * * Designated Downtowns – Prioritization * * *

Sec. 37.  19 V.S.A. § 10g(l)(3) is 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, town highway bridge, and bridge maintenance projects.  The rating system shall consist of two separate, additive components as follows:

* * *

(3)  The priority rating system for program development roadway projects shall award as bonus points an amount equal to 10 percent of the total base possible rating points to projects within a designated downtown development district established pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 2793.

* * * Agency Cooperation with Regional Planning Commissions * * *

Sec. 38.  19 V.S.A. § 10l is added to read:

§ 10l.  AGENCY COOPERATION WITH REGIONAL PLANNING

           COMMISSIONS

(a)  Legislative intent.  The general assembly finds that regional planning commissions possesses a unique expertise that enables the agency to conduct rural transportation planning and local consultation activities that build upon the integration of land use, environmental, and economic development inputs.  To ensure the agency continues to meet its local consultation requirements found in 23 C.F.R. part 250.212, the general assembly requires the following duties of regional planning commissions as part of an annual contract and work preparing the transportation planning initiative (TPI).

(b)  Duties of regional planning commissions.  Regional planning commissions, serving areas of the state not qualifying as a Metropolitan Planning Area under federal regulations, shall implement the transportation planning initiative (TPI) program.  This program provides the mechanism by which the agency coordinates policy development and planning to ensure the involvement by Vermont citizens and rural local officials.  It shall include, but not be limited to:

(1)  Ensuring that local officials and citizens are involved in the

statewide transportation planning process. 

(2)  Providing technical assistance to facilitate local officials and staff in making transportation policy and investment decisions.

(3)  Coordinating town planning and development regulations to meet better state transportation policies and investment priorities.

(4)  Participating in state and national transportation policy and planning development processes to ensure regional and local input.

(5)  Implementing a project evaluation process to prioritize all transportation projects within the regions utilizing state or federal funds to be included in the state transportation program.

(6)  Developing an annual regional transportation improvement plan.

(7)  Developing and maintaining a regional, multi-modal transportation plan that clearly details regional and local project, planning, and policy priorities. 

(8)  Maintaining a regional transportation advisory committee (TAC) that reviews and provides input on all major state and federal transportation planning and policy decisions.

* * * Twin State Rail Line * * *

Sec. 39.  LUNENBURG (GILMAN)–ST. JOHNSBURY RAILROAD LINE

(a)  The general assembly finds that it is in the public interest for the state of Vermont to support reactivation of the railroad line between Lunenburg (Gilman) and St. Johnsbury.  Reactivation of this railroad line will allow restoration of rail freight service to the paper mill in Gilman, which is an important source of employment in the Northeast Kingdom.  Reactivation of this line also will strengthen Vermont’s rail freight system by funneling additional freight traffic to connecting lines in St. Johnsbury.

(b)  With the approval of the secretary of administration, the secretary of transportation, as agent for the state of Vermont, is authorized to negotiate the terms and conditions of agreements with the Washington County Railroad Company and affiliated companies in the Vermont Rail System (VRS) for reactivation of the railroad line between Lunenburg (Gilman) and St. Johnsbury, subject to the approval of the general assembly of any proposed agreements and subject further to the following conditions: 

(1)  VRS will acquire the line, including both the real estate making up the right-of-way and necessary operating rights, from the Maine Central Railroad Company and other interested parties.

(2)  VRS will fund the acquisition, as well as expenses necessary to restore the line to operating condition, with financing, as approved by the agency of transportation, which will be repaid over a term not to exceed 10 years.

(3)  Up to a maximum amount of $300,000 in any single state fiscal year, for a maximum of 10 years, VRS may take credits against rents otherwise due the state of Vermont under current railroad leases and operating agreements for amounts paid by VRS for debt service payments for acquisition and initial restoration of the Gilman–St. Johnsbury line.

(4)  At the end of the 10-year period, VRS will convey the Gilman–St. Johnsbury line to the state of Vermont, free and clear of all encumbrances not approved under subdivision (5) of this subsection.  The line shall then be added to the June 4, 2003 operating agreement between the state of Vermont and the Washington County Railroad Company for operation of the state-owned railroad line between Hartford (White River Junction) and Newport.  To meet the requirements of federal law, VRS may retain a freight railroad operations easement under terms and conditions substantially similar to those applicable to the White River Junction-Newport line.

(5)  During the 10-year period, VRS may not convey or encumber any of the real estate along the Gilman–St. Johnsbury line without the prior written approval of the agency of transportation.

(6)  To secure the full performance of its obligations under this section, VRS shall enter into a mortgage with the state of Vermont, which shall be recorded in the land records of Lunenburg, Concord, Kirby, and St. Johnsbury. This mortgage may be subordinate only to a first mortgage granted by VRS to secure financing for the purchase and initial restoration of the line.

* * * Enhancement Grant Program * * *

Sec. 40.  TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT GRANT PROGRAM

(a)  The agency of transportation is directed to work with the Vermont transportation enhancement grant committee created by 19 V.S.A. § 38 to evaluate the need to increase the committee's present $300,000 cap on grant awards for individual projects in order to address the funding issues raised by larger scale bicycle and pedestrian projects.

(b)  The agency’s director of policy and planning shall brief the house and senate committees on transportation on the outcome of the evaluation during testimony on the fiscal year 2009 budget.


Sec. 41. 19 V.S.A. § 38(g) is amended to read:

(g)  Each year, up to $200,000.00 of the grant program or such lesser sum if all eligible applications amount to less than $200,000.00 shall be reserved for municipalities for eligible salt and sand shed projects.  The eligibility of proposed salt and sand shed projects under the enhancement program shall be determined by the agency.  Grant awards for eligible projects shall not exceed $50,000.00 per project.  Regarding the balance of grant program funds, in evaluating applications for enhancement grants, the transportation enhancement grant committee shall give preferential weighting to projects involving as a primary feature a bicycle or pedestrian facility.  The degree of preferential weighting and the circumstantial factors sufficient to overcome the weighting shall be in the complete discretion of the transportation enhancement grant committee.

* * * Technical Corrections * * *

Sec. 42.  23 V.S.A. § 4(22) is amended to read:

(22)  "Nongasoline driven motor vehicle" “Specialized fuel driven motor vehicle”  shall include all motor vehicles, the power for which is generated otherwise than by gasoline, except diesel driven vehicles using or by diesel "fuel" as defined in section 3002 of this title, excluding steam road rollers, tractors used entirely for work on the farm and vehicles running only upon rails or tracks.

Sec. 43.  23 V.S.A. § 362 is amended to read:

§ 362.  NONGASOLINE AND NONDIESEL SPECIALIZED FUEL MOTOR

            VEHICLES AND MOTOR BUSES

The annual fee for the registration of any "nongasoline specialized fuel driven motor vehicle" as defined in section 4 of this title but not including and of motor buses, as defined in section 3002 of this title and registered in this state, shall be one and three quarters three-quarters times the amount of the annual fee provided for a motor vehicle of the classification and weight under the terms of this chapter.

Sec. 44.  REPEAL

23 V.S.A. chapter 8 (bus taxation proration agreement) is repealed.



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