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SENATE BILL NO. 1190 – Public transportation policy


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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
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

Bill Text

  ]]]]              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
  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;
  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 / Fiscal Impact

                     STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

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.


Name:   Sen. David Langhorst     
Phone:  332-1348
Name:   Sen. Curt McKenzie
Phone:  332-1354

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                           S 1190