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S1190................................................by JUDICIARY AND RULES PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION POLICY - Adds to existing law to establish a state public transportation policy; and to provide for implementation of the policy. 03/11 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing 03/14 Rpt prt - to Transp 03/18 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 03/21 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 03/22 3rd rdg - PASSED - 34-0-0, 1 vacancy AYES -- Andreason, Brandt, Broadsword, Bunderson, Burkett, Burtenshaw, Cameron, Coiner, Compton, Corder, Darrington, Davis, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde, Hill, Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Little, Lodge, Malepeai, Marley, McGee, McKenzie, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Stegner, Stennett, Sweet, Werk, Williams NAYS -- None Absent and excused -- (District 21 seat vacant) Floor Sponsor- Langhorst Title apvd - to House 03/23 House intro - 1st rdg - to Transp
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005 IN THE SENATE SENATE BILL NO. 1190 BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION POLICY; AMENDING CHAPTER 5, TITLE 40, IDAHO 3 CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 40-515, IDAHO CODE, TO ESTABLISH A 4 STATE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND TO PROVIDE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF 5 THE POLICY. 6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 7 SECTION 1. That Chapter 5, Title 40, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 8 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 9 ignated as Section 40-515, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 10 40-515. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION POLICY -- IMPLEMENTATION. (1) It is hereby 11 recognized by the legislature of the state of Idaho that as the population and 12 economy of the state grow, the total needs for mobility of people and commerce 13 depend upon integrated systems of all transportation modes and cannot be met 14 solely with highways and road systems; that motor vehicle congestion and air 15 quality problems may result in some areas which can adversely affect health, 16 safety and economic development; that there is a variety of persons who are 17 elderly or disabled who are transit-dependent in rural and urban areas or who 18 otherwise require public transportation services for their general welfare and 19 independence; and that prosperous commerce and industry depend on efficient 20 local, regional, intercity, and interstate systems of privately and publicly 21 provided transportation services. It is further recognized that the determina- 22 tion of public transportation needs and the planning of services to meet those 23 needs vary throughout the state and are best determined by local elements of 24 government, business and citizen groups in consultation with the state. It is 25 therefore declared to be the policy of the state of Idaho to maintain a state- 26 wide commitment to improve public transportation services with the proactive 27 support of local and regional entities using state funds in conjunction with 28 federal and local funds. Such policy shall include, but is not limited to, the 29 following elements: 30 (a) Support public information programs and local public transportation 31 planning in order to promote awareness and use of public transportation 32 services; 33 (b) Encourage the use of transportation alternatives to the use of motor 34 vehicles for transporting only one (1) occupant in order to mitigate motor 35 vehicle congestion and to promote energy conservation goals and compliance 36 with clean air standards; 37 (c) Support and assist the efforts of local governments to form regional 38 public transportation authorities as provided for in chapter 21, title 40, 39 Idaho Code, and public transportation programs through the use of inter- 40 governmental agreements entered into between local units of government, 41 and/or regional public transportation authorities; 42 (d) Promote cooperative agreements between public and private transporta- 43 tion providers to minimize duplications in transportation services; 2 1 (e) Foster public/private partnerships for provision of public transpor- 2 tation projects and services; 3 (f) Provide technical assistance and training support to local and 4 regional governmental and nonprofit public transportation providers; and 5 (g) Encourage transportation entities to work in partnerships to inte- 6 grate public transportation services into coordinated transportation sys- 7 tems. 8 (2) It is the responsibility of the department, with approval of the 9 board, to implement the policy as described in subsection (1) of this section.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS15092C1 Idaho law does not currently provide for a policy on public transportation. Public transportation includes, among others, vans, buses, and other modes of public conveyance. This legislation establishes a public transportation policy for the state of Idaho that states that public transportation services are to be provided by local or regional public and private entities. This legislation was unanimously recommended by the 2004 Interim Legislative Committee on Public Transportation and Air Quality. FISCAL IMPACT There is no impact to the general fund. Services to be provided by the Idaho Transportation Department are already funded from the gasoline excise tax and federal funds. CONTACTS: Name: Sen. David Langhorst Phone: 332-1348 Name: Sen. Curt McKenzie Phone: 332-1354 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1190