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House Bill No. 6805

June 30 Special Session, Public Act No. 03-4

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TRANSPORTATION STRATEGY BOARD.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 13b-57d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

As used in sections 13b-57d to 13b-57g, inclusive, and sections 2 to 8, inclusive, and 12 of this act:

(1) "Board" means the Connecticut Transportation Strategy Board;

(2) "Department" means the Department of Transportation;

(3) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Transportation;

(4) "Strategy" means [a twenty-year strategic plan for transportation in this state and any updates of or other revisions to such plan] the transportation projects and supporting documentation contained in the report dated January, 2003 submitted by the board in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (k) of section 13b-57g, as amended by this act, and any updates or revisions to such transportation projects;

(5) "TIA corridor plan" means a twenty-year strategic plan for transportation in a corridor and any updates or other revisions to such plan;

(6) "Transportation project" means any planning, capital or operating project with regard to transportation undertaken by the state, provided nothing contained in sections 13b-57d to 13b-57g, inclusive, shall be deemed to authorize the board to undertake any project other than strategic planning;

(7) "Local planning agency" means a metropolitan planning organization, as provided in 23 USC 134, a regional planning agency, as provided in section 8-31a, a regional council of elected officials, as defined in subsection (b) of section 4-124i or a council, as defined in subsection (f) of section 4-124c;

(8) "TIA" means transportation investment area;

(9) "Coastal corridor" and "coastal corridor TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Bethel, Bethlehem, Branford, Bridgeport, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Cheshire, Danbury, Darien, Derby, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Haven, New Milford, Newtown, North Branford, North Haven, Norwalk, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Sherman, Southbury, Stamford, Stratford, Thomaston, Trumbull, Wallingford, Waterbury, Watertown, West Haven, Weston, Westport, Wilton, Wolcott, Woodbridge and Woodbury;

(10) "I-84 corridor" and "I-84 TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Andover, Ansonia, Avon, Barkhamsted, Beacon Falls, Berlin, Bethel, Bethlehem, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bridgewater, Bristol, Brookfield, Burlington, Canaan, Canton, Cheshire, Colebrook, Cornwall, Danbury, Derby, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Goshen, Granby, Hartford, Hartland, Harwinton, Hebron, Kent, Litchfield, Manchester, Marlborough, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Fairfield, New Hartford, New Milford, Newington, Newtown, Norfolk, North Canaan, Oxford, Plainville, Plymouth, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Roxbury, Salisbury, Seymour, Sharon, Shelton, Sherman, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southbury, Southington, Stafford, Suffield, Thomaston, Tolland, Torrington, Union, Vernon, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Winchester, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Wolcott and Woodbury;

(11) "I-91 corridor" and "I-91 TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Andover, Avon, Berlin, Bethany, Bloomfield, Bolton, Branford, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Hartford, East Haven, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Essex, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Hartford, Hebron, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Manchester, Marlborough, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, Newington, North Branford, North Haven, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Orange, Plainville, Plymouth, Portland, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Suffield, Tolland, Vernon, Wallingford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westbrook, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Woodbridge;

(12) "I-395 corridor" and "I-395 TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, East Lyme, Eastford, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Stafford, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Willington, Windham and Woodstock;

(13) "Southeast corridor" and "Southeast corridor TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Bozrah, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Lyme, Essex, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Killingworth, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Voluntown, Waterford and Westbrook; and

(14) "Modal" means a mode of transportation, and "multimodal" means two or more modes of transportation.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective from passage) As used in sections 2 to 8, inclusive, and 12 of this act:

(1) "TSB project" means any planning, capital or operating project recommended by the board in its strategy;

(2) "Economic development plan" means a comprehensive plan describing (A) existing economic development projects, and (B) proposed economic development projects for which a letter of commitment has been issued by the Department of Economic and Community Development; and

(3) "Economic development project" means any project, as defined in subsection (d) of section 32-23d of the general statutes, which is to be used or occupied by any person for (A) manufacturing, industrial, research, office or product warehousing or distribution purposes or hydroponic or aquaponic food production purposes and which the authority determines will tend to maintain or provide gainful employment, maintain or increase the tax base of the economy, or maintain, expand or diversify industry in the state, or (B) controlling, abating, preventing or disposing land, water, air or other environmental pollution, including without limitation thermal, radiation, sewage, wastewater, solid waste, toxic waste, noise or particulate pollution, except resources recovery facilities, as defined in section 22a-219a of the general statutes, used for the principal purpose of processing municipal solid waste and which are not expansions or additions to resources recovery facilities operating on July 1, 1990, or (C) the conservation of energy or the utilization of cogeneration technology or solar, wind, hydro, biomass or other renewable sources to produce energy for any industrial or commercial application, or (D) any other purpose which the authority determines will materially contribute to the economic base of the state by creating or retaining jobs, promoting the export of products or services beyond state boundaries, encouraging innovation in products or services, or otherwise contributing to, supporting or enhancing existing activities that are important to the economic base of the state.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The General Assembly approves the principles set forth in section I of the report specified in subdivision (4) of subsection (b) of section 1 of this act, provided no funds from the Transportation Strategy Board projects account, established under section 113 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session, shall be authorized for any transportation project except those specified in subsection (b) of this section, provided nothing in this subsection shall preclude any TSB project from being funded, in whole or in part, by other state or federal funds. Funds authorized for any TSB project shall be used only for said project. TSB projects shall be funded from funds authorized for the Transportation Strategy Board only to the extent such projects are not funded from the Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

(b) The following TSB projects shall be completed:

(1) In the Coastal Corridor TIA, as defined in section 13b-57d of the general statutes, as amended by this act:

(A) Acquire rolling rail stock, as deemed appropriate by the board, sufficient to add no fewer than two thousand seats for the Metro North-New Haven Line for use in both interstate and intrastate service. All payments received by the state pursuant to any agreement entered into in accordance with subsection (h) of section 13b-34 of the general statutes involving rolling rail stock used on the Metro North-New Haven Line shall be used exclusively for refurbishing rolling rail stock on and other capital improvements to the Metro North-New Haven Line;

(B) Construct or expand stations at Bridgeport, New Haven and Stamford that can accommodate rail service and one or more other modes of transportation and have:

(i) Facilities for one thousand or more parking spaces;

(ii) Connections to bus and other transit systems;

(iii) Opportunity for community revitalization;

(iv) Opportunity for transit oriented development;

(v) Ease of auto, bus, bicycle and pedestrian access to the station facility;

(vi) Potential to attract sufficient riders to support additional express trains;

(vii) Operation under control of the state; and

(viii) Feeder bus services for passenger rail service;

(C) Facilitate use of the Long Island Sound Waterway for passenger and freight movement, including, but not limited to, bulkheading and dredging, upon removal of prohibitions imposed by federal law, expanding passenger facilities, including facilities at the Bridgeport Intermodal Facility, to support high speed ferry service; and

(2) In the I-84 Corridor TIA, as defined in section 13b-57d of the general statutes, as amended by this act:

(A) Establish express bus services from New Haven to Bradley International Airport;

(B) Complete the New Britain to Hartford busway and establish other bus rapid transit or light rail service in Hartford and surrounding towns; and

(C) Expand rail passenger service on the Norwalk to Danbury-New Milford Branch Line to assist commuter movement on Route 7 and I-95.

(3) In the I-91 Corridor TIA, as defined in section 13b-57d of the general statutes, as amended by this act:

(A) Upgrade or construct maintenance facilities and parking facilities and upgrade feeder bus services for passenger rail service, particularly along the Metro North-New Haven Line; and

(B) Establish bus service or commuter rail service, as determined in the Hartford-Springfield-New Haven Implementation Study conducted by the department, that runs through New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, with a connection to Bradley International Airport.

(4) In the I-395 Corridor TIA, as defined in section 13b-57d of the general statutes, as amended by this act:

(A) Establish rail freight service with connections to the port of New London;

(B) Expand the frequency of bus service, number of runs and connections within and outside of the region, particularly in and to Norwich and New London and acquire buses sufficient to add no fewer than two hundred seats; and

(C) Design and plan for traffic mitigation in southeastern Connecticut, including planning for the extension of Route 11 from its terminus in Salem to the I-95 and I-395 intersect, with appropriate greenway purchases made in accordance with section 13a-142e of the general statutes.

(5) In the Southeast Corridor TIA, as defined in section 13b-57d of the general statutes, as amended by this act:

(A) Acquire rolling rail stock for the Shoreline East Railroad Line sufficient to add no fewer than one thousand seats;

(B) Make operational improvements to highways that improve the flow of traffic on I-95 and I-395; and

(6) State-wide:

(A) Improve and target marketing by the department of the Deduct-a-Ride program to all eligible employers; and

(B) Continue funding the Jobs Access Program.

(c) Any TSB project included in subsection (a) of this section requiring expenditures of more than one million dollars shall be accompanied by an economic development plan that specifies the projected economic development benefits of the transportation project to the TIA in which it is located and to the state and that provides for economic development projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

(1) Are generated by the TSB project;

(2) Support the TSB project;

(3) Maximize the economic benefits of the TSB project; or

(4) Utilize the TSB project to maximize the economic benefits of such economic development projects.

An economic development plan shall not be required for any TSB project whose sole purpose is public safety.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The board shall coordinate preparation of a performance report on the TSB projects specified in section 3 of this act that require accompanying economic development plans.

(b) The board, in consultation with the Departments of Transportation and Economic and Community Development and the Office of Policy and Management, shall determine the format for the report. The report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) A map delineating the boundaries of each TIA and identifying TSB projects and any economic development projects described in subsection (c) of section 3 of this act; (2) a description of funding for, implementation status of and estimated completion date of each TSB project and any economic development projects described in subsection (c) of section 3 of this act; (3) an explanation of how each economic development project described in subsection (c) of section 3 of this act meets one or more of the criteria in subdivisions (1) to (4) of subsection (c) of section 3 of this act with regard to one or more TSB projects; (4) a statement describing how each TSB project and each economic development project described in subsection (c) of section 3 of this act addresses the goals and objectives of the state plan of conservation and development prepared under chapter 297 of the general statutes; (5) a description of the role of municipalities and regional planning agencies in planning and implementing each TSB project and each economic development project described in subsection (c) of section 3 of this act; (6) a description of the extent to which all of the TSB projects and economic development projects described in subsection (c) of section 3 of this act in each TIA address the transportation problems, needs or concerns of the TIA; and (7) an evaluation of how each TSB project and each economic development project described in subsection (c) of section 3 of this act addresses the transportation problems, needs or concerns of the TIA based on statistical measures which shall be developed jointly by the board and the Departments of Transportation and Economic and Community Development and the Office of Policy and Management.

(c) The report required under subsection (b) of this section shall be submitted, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, not later than December 15, 2004, along with the report required on the same date under subdivision (3) of subsection (k) of section 13b-57g of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and thereafter along with said report as required under subdivision (3) of subsection (k) of section 13b-57g of the general statutes, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation, planning and development and finance, revenue and bonding. Not later than fifteen days after receipt of the December fifteenth report, the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation and planning and development shall review the report and submit comments and recommendations to the bonding subcommittee of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding. Not later than thirty days after receipt of the report, the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding shall conduct a public hearing on the report.

Sec. 5. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The board shall prepare an analysis, based on appropriate metrics, methodologies and standards, developed by the board or by any agency or other unit of government of the state, of the short-term and long-term effects of the initial strategy on: (1) The present and future transportation needs of the state for the movement of both people and goods; (2) economic development in the state; and (3) the environment, including air quality, wetlands, open space and energy consumption. Said analysis shall include the projected return on investment for each TSB project. The board shall submit such analysis, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the Governor and to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation and finance, revenue and bonding along with the report due on December 15, 2004, pursuant to subdivision (3) of subsection (k) of section 13b-57g of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

(b) The board shall monitor the planning and implementation of the TSB projects specified in section 3 of this act, and shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly in accordance with subdivision (2) of subsection (k) of section 13b-57g of the general statutes, as amended by this act. Any recommended update or revision to any TSB project or to the strategy, including any project recommended as an addition to the strategy, included in the report due on December 15, 2004, and each report due every two years thereafter, pursuant to subdivision (3) of subsection (k) of section 13b-57g of the general statutes, as amended by this act, shall be accompanied by an analysis made in accordance with subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 6. (NEW) (Effective from passage) On or before January 1, 2004, the Commissioner of Transportation, in consultation with the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Motor Vehicles, shall establish a program to implement regularly scheduled and enforced hours of operation for weigh stations. Not later than October 1, 2003, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall submit a report on the planned program to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation.

Sec. 7. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Not later than January 1, 2004, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Transportation shall submit a report to the board listing projects, other than TSB projects, that the department determines to be of greatest importance and the reasons for such determination.

Sec. 8. Subsection (e) of section 13b-11a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(e) On or before January first, annually, the commission shall submit in writing to the commissioner, [and] the Governor and the Connecticut Transportation Strategy Board, established pursuant to section 13b-57e, (1) a list of public transportation projects, which, if undertaken by the state, would further the policy set forth in section 13b-32, including projects specifically for elderly and disabled users; (2) recommendations for improvements to existing public transportation service and projects, incorporating transportation service and projects relative to the needs of elderly and disabled persons and including proposals for legislation and regulations; (3) recommendations for disincentives to free parking, including urban and suburban employment centers; (4) off-peak transit services; and (5) the establishment of urban center loop shuttles. The commissioner shall notify members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation and finance, revenue and bonding, on or before January first, annually, [and all members of the General Assembly on or before February first, annually,] of the availability of the commissioner's comments and analysis of priorities. A written copy or electronic storage media of such comments and analysis shall be distributed to members of such committee who request them. The commissioner shall meet with the commission at least once during each calendar quarter.

Sec. 9. Section 13b-57g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Not later than January 15, 2002, the board shall propose to the General Assembly an initial transportation strategy.

(b) In developing the strategy and the revisions, the board shall take into account: (1) The strategic concerns associated with the movement of people and goods; (2) the technological options and multimodal options, including, but not limited to, transportation by rail, road, air or water, available to address such concerns; (3) the relationship of such concerns and options to sustainable economic growth, environmental quality, urban development, open space, open space preservation, access to employment by residents of the state and public safety; (4) that transportation is a cornerstone of the state's economic vitality and overall quality of life and therefore inextricably linked to other key policies that deal with the state's future including, but not limited to, land use planning, environmental quality, urban vitality and access to quality jobs and services for the state's residents; (5) the connectivity of the state to the northeast, continental and international economies and that the mobility of people and goods within the state are critical to vibrant and sustainable economic growth; (6) that the benefits of leveraging existing transportation assets and infrastructure, especially in urban centers, and the reduction of automobile-oriented demands, are highly desirable; (7) managing demand for transportation assets, including using employer and employee-based initiatives as an integral part of the strategy; [(7)] (8) the integration of brownfields remediation and affordable housing and access to employment that should occur as a result of implementing the strategy; [(8)] (9) the need to engage local planning agencies and other relevant constituencies in developing the strategy; [(9)] (10) the need to engage representatives of the state's major transportation assets and of the transportation industry in the strategy to help ensure that the strategy is multimodal and integrated; [(10)] (11) the benefits of technology to expand capacity, enhance safety, provide information and access funding alternatives; [(11)] (12) the need to fully explore the sources and methodologies for funding investments in transportation infrastructure, and for annual operating and maintenance costs and the regulations applicable to the expenditure of federal and state funds; [(12)] (13) that the development of appropriate metrics, methodologies and standards is essential for determining customer needs, for evaluating the return on transportation investments and for the prioritization of specific projects and the degree of success in meeting these needs; [(13)] (14) that the state needs to play a leadership role with the other northeastern states and the eastern Canadian provinces in developing and advocating a transportation strategy for the northeast region of the continent; [(14)] (15) that the analyses and decision-making related to transportation initiatives in the strategy needs to be done expeditiously within the existing statutory and regulatory framework and that any amendments to the general statutes or to the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies that are needed to achieve such objectives should be identified; [(15)] (16) the development, renovation and expansion of Bradley International Airport; [(16)] (17) the state conservation and development plan, established pursuant to section 16a-24; and [(17)] (18) that the role, including the role of financial incentives, of private sector companies, public agencies and institutions needs to be clearly defined with respect to (A) encouraging and supporting employees to use public transportation, (B) providing employees with appropriate alternatives to the locations at which and during the times they perform their work, including, but not limited to, flexible working hours and telecommuting, (C) developing an effective means for delivering goods within and through the state, and (D) encouraging different sectors to participate with the state in specific initiatives. On and after the effective date of this section, in developing the strategy and the revisions pertaining to roads, the board shall establish as its priority for improving transportation on public highways the use of public transportation and other traffic mitigation methods not involving the improvement or expansion of public highways. The board shall propose improving public highway transportation by the improvement or expansion of public highways only after it has determined that no means of public transportation or other traffic mitigation method exists that will accomplish such improvement. The board shall include an explanation and documentation of such determination with any proposed improvement or expansion of any public highway.

(c) The board shall design the strategy to achieve the following results:

(1) Public benefits that consist of (A) stimulating sustainable economic growth and enhancing the quality of life for the residents of the state, and (B) developing and continuously upgrading analytical tools to demonstrate the link between transportation and the public benefits;

(2) Ease of mobility of people and goods within the state and the TIAs, that consists of (A) reducing traffic congestion, (B) enabling inter-corridor movement within the state, and (C) enabling access to employment opportunities and essential services;

(3) Connectivity in access to the regional, national and global economies, that consists of (A) improving access (i) to surrounding states, consisting of the Interstate 95 corridor to New York, the Connecticut River Valley and Interstate 91 corridor to Springfield, Massachusetts and southeastern Connecticut to Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island, and (ii) to the national and global economies; and (B) expanding modal choices for passenger and freight, consisting of (i) developing an airport system that stimulates growth, (ii) linking the state to international rail grids, (iii) developing water-borne alternatives, and (iv) assuring workable freight access to the ports of New York and New Jersey and the corridor related to the North American Free Trade Agreement; [and]

(4) Safety and security that consists of (A) adequately maintaining infrastructure and equipment, and (B) enforcing safe operations and use of the transportation systems by customers and operators; and

(5) Expanded use of public transportation and other traffic mitigation methods to relieve congestion on public highways.

(d) In designing the strategy to achieve the results provided in subsection (c) of this section, the board shall evaluate specific tactics and approaches in the strategy by using the following criteria:

(1) Focusing on people who use transportation systems by (A) involving such people directly in planning and through ongoing market research, (B) creating a seamless interface with state, regional, national and global systems, and (C) developing transportation systems that operate as if they had intelligence, including, but not limited to, systems that provide real-time information to their users;

(2) Oriented to economic growth by (A) responsiveness to general business needs, (B) responsiveness to specific industry cluster needs, and (C) support for state urban development strategies;

(3) Being environmentally responsible by (A) improving air quality, (B) leveraging existing assets to minimize impact on wetlands and open space by directing development to the areas of the state that have the infrastructure to support the development, and (C) reducing energy consumption;

(4) Encouraging and enabling intermodal links and usage wherever possible, and managing the transportation systems from a multimodal perspective; and

(5) Involving the TIAs by (A) building upon natural economic and service areas, (B) enhancing connectivity of all population centers in the state, and (C) implementing strategic priorities through TIAs.

(e) The board shall include in the strategy the criteria by which the board, the commissioner and the department will evaluate and prioritize existing and proposed transportation projects.

(f) The board shall identify in the strategy the tools and measures by which it intends to assess transportation system performance and analyze the value of projects proposed to implement the strategy, including their overall value to the state as a public investment.

(g) The board shall include in the strategy (1) a projection of the required capital investments and operating costs over the next succeeding ten years and the recommended sources of such funds, (2) a distinction between transportation costs for operations and maintenance and transportation investments which shall (A) be based on the strategy and evaluated against strategic goals, (B) provide additional benefits that are tangible and attainable, (C) include a range of transportation uses including, but not limited to, transit, airways, highways, waterways and freight, to gain public support, (D) reach as many people as possible throughout the entire community in each TIA, and (E) respond to widely perceived needs.

(h) The board shall review the TIA corridor plan prepared by each TIA, as provided in section 13b-57f, and may incorporate all or parts of such plans in the strategy.

(i) In developing and revising the strategy, the board may: (1) Conduct public hearings; (2) consult and cooperate with officials and representatives of the federal government, neighboring states, interstate commissions and authorities, local agencies and authorities, interested corporations and other organizations concerning problems affecting transportation in the state; (3) request and receive from any agency or other unit of the government, of the state or of any political subdivision of the state, or from any public authority, such assistance and data as may be necessary to enable the board to carry out the board's responsibilities under this section; and (4) to the extent the board may deem appropriate, make use of, and incorporate in the strategy, any existing long-range transportation plan, survey or report developed by any public or private agency or person.

(j) Copies of the strategy and revisions to the strategy shall be kept on file as a public record in the department.

(k) The board shall submit the following reports, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation and finance, revenue and bonding: (1) Not later than January 15, 2002, [the board shall submit] an initial strategy and preliminary projections of the cost necessary to implement the strategy over the first ten years, [to the Governor and the General Assembly in accordance with section 11-4a. Such strategy] which shall be subject to approval by the General Assembly; [. On] (2) on June 30, 2002, and each December thirty-first and June thirtieth thereafter, [the board shall submit] a status report on the implementation of and any needed revisions to the strategy and the quarterly report provided by the Department of Economic and Community Development, pursuant to subsection (b) of section 32-6k; [to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation in accordance with section 11-4a. On] and (3) on December 15, 2002, and every two years thereafter, [the board shall update or revise the strategy, if necessary, and shall submit] an update or revision of the strategy, if necessary, which shall be subject to approval by the General Assembly, and a report on implementation of the strategy. [to the Governor and the General Assembly, as provided in section 11-4a. All such updates and revisions shall be subject to approval by the General Assembly. ]

Sec. 10. Section 16a-27 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The secretary, after consultation with all appropriate state, regional and local agencies and other appropriate persons shall prior to March 1, 2003, complete a revision of the existing plan and enlarge it to include, but not be limited to, policies relating to transportation, energy and air. Any revision made after May 15, 1991, shall identify the major transportation proposals, including proposals for mass transit, contained in the master transportation plan prepared pursuant to section 13b-15. Any revision made after July 1, 1995, shall take into consideration the conservation and development of greenways that have been designated by municipalities and shall recommend that state agencies coordinate their efforts to support the development of a state-wide greenways system. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall identify state-owned land for inclusion in the plan as potential components of a state greenways system. Any revision made after the effective date of this section shall take into account (1) economic and community development needs and patterns of commerce, and (2) linkages of affordable housing objectives and land use objectives with transportation systems.

(b) Thereafter on or before March first in each revision year the secretary shall complete a revision of the plan of conservation and development.

Sec. 11. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The Commissioner of Transportation shall submit the TSB projects under subsection (b) of section 3 of this act to the appropriate state metropolitan planning organizations, as defined in 23 USC 134 and 49 USC 5303, for consideration as transportation improvement projects, in accordance with 23 USC 135 and 49 USC 5304, as soon as practicable after the effective date of this section.

(b) The commissioner shall submit all updates or revisions of the strategy recommended by the board and approved by the General Assembly, in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (k) of section 13b-57g of the general statutes, as amended by this act, to the appropriate state metropolitan planning organizations, as defined in 23 USC 134 and 49 USC 5303, for consideration as transportation improvement projects, in accordance with 23 USC 135 and 49 USC 5304, as soon as practicable following approval of such updates or revisions.

Sec. 12. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The Governor may enter into an agreement with the state of New York that provides voting representation for the state of Connecticut on the boards of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Metro-North Commuter Railroad and their respective successors, if any.

(b) Not later than January 1, 2005, the Commissioner of Transportation shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly concerning (1) the status of the state's efforts to obtain voting representation on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the board of the Metro-North Commuter Railroad and their successors, if any, (2) the status of the recommendations made in the report on the Metro-North operating agreement mandated by public act 00-129, and (3) any other actions with respect to the operating agreement which the commissioner believes are necessary, proper and appropriate to (A) improve commuter rail service on the Metro North-New Haven Line, and (B) protect the financial interests of the state.

Sec. 13. (NEW) (Effective from passage) The purpose of sections 13 to 17, inclusive, and 20 of this act is to promote the welfare and prosperity of the people of this state by enabling the state to implement and fund certain transportation related projects, purposes and strategies as provided in section 15 of this act, as the same may be revised by the Transportation Strategy Board pursuant to this act, in order to: (1) Improve personal mobility within and through this state; (2) improve the movement of goods and freight within and through this state; (3) integrate transportation with economic, land use, environmental and quality of life issues; (4) develop policies and procedures that will integrate the state economy with regional, national and global economies; and (5) identify policies and sources that provide an adequate and reliable flow of funding necessary for a quality multimodal transportation system.

Sec. 14. (NEW) (Effective from passage) As used in this section and sections 13 to 15, inclusive, and 20 of this act:

(1) "Annual funding amount" means, with respect to any fiscal year applicable to the projects and purposes described in section 3 of this act, the sum of the authorized funding amount for such fiscal year and any federal revenue, grants or other transportation related financial assistance which may be available to fund such projects and purposes;

(2) "Authorized funding amount" means, with respect to any fiscal year applicable to the projects and purposes described in section 3 of this act, the portion of the annual funding amount for such fiscal year to be funded by cash from incremental revenues and the issuance of special tax obligation bonds, which authorized funding amount is set forth in section 15 of this act and shall be effective on July first of each fiscal year listed in section 15 of this act; and

(3) "Incremental revenues" means revenues which are attributable to increases in taxes or fees provided for in sections 1-1h, 14-35, 14-44i, 14-47, 14-48b, 14-49, 14-50, 14-66, 14-67 and 14-381 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and revenues specified in sections 113 and 114 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session to support the funding of the projects and purposes described in section 3 of this act.

Sec. 15. (NEW) (Effective from passage) There is hereby authorized bonds and bond anticipation notes to be issued under and in accordance with the provisions of sections 13b-74 to 13b-77, inclusive, of the general statutes, as amended by this act, for the purposes of funding of the projects and purposes described in section 3 of this act as those projects and purposes may be modified, including, but not limited to, the costs of issuance and required reserves which authorizations shall not exceed the following aggregate amounts:

 

Authorized Funding

Amounts

     
 

Fiscal Year

Amount

 

2004

                  $ 32,423,000

 

2005

    $ 35,125,000

 

2006

    $ 32,526,000

 

2007

    $ 26,528,000

 

2008

    $ 25,530,000

 

2009

    $ 25,532,000

 

2010

    $ 23,533,000

 

2011

    $ 22,535,000

 

2012

    $ 21,537,000

 

2013

    $ 20,538,000

 

Total

    $ 264,807,000

Such projects and purposes shall be funded by the use of any federal revenue, grants or other transportation related financial assistance which may be available, the issuance of special tax obligation bonds, as more particularly described in sections 13b-74 to 13b-77, inclusive, of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and, where appropriate, cash from incremental revenues. Not more than one million dollars of such amounts may be made available to fund the operations of the Transportation Strategy Board for fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005.

Sec. 16. (NEW) (Effective from passage) The Department of Transportation shall establish the priority of each project and purpose, including associated operating and maintenance costs, described in section 3 of this act. On or before August 1, 2004, and biennially thereafter, a list describing such priority, together with any supporting documentation, shall be submitted to the Transportation Strategy Board. Said board may, on or before November first of the year of such submittal, revise, delete or add a particular project or purpose, or determine the sequence and timing of projects. The Department of Transportation shall revise the annual financing plan in accordance with any changes recommended in such list by said board. Said board shall submit its recommendations to the General Assembly not later than January first next succeeding its receipt of such list. Additions and deletions shall be subject to approval by the General Assembly. Copies of all recommendations of said board, including, without limitation, any material additions or deletions, shall be provided to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation and finance, revenue and bonding, the Commissioner of Transportation, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer. Each project or purpose described in section 3 of this act may be funded through the use of federal revenue, grants or other transportation related financial assistance available therefor, bond financed or, where appropriate, cash from incremental revenues, all in accordance with the annual financing plans and the five-year financing plans described in section 17 of this act.

Sec. 17. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) On or before August first of each year, the Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the State Treasurer and the Transportation Strategy Board, shall prepare a financing plan for the annual funding and financing of the projects and purposes described in section 3 of this act. Such annual financing plan shall be based upon the authorized funding amount establishing the maximum aggregate use of cash from the incremental revenues and use of special tax obligation bond proceeds to fund some or all of such projects and purposes, as well as the use of any federal revenue, grants or other transportation related financial assistance which may be available in such fiscal year, and shall otherwise meet all requirements of state statutes and applicable trust indenture provisions, including any coverage requirements, relating to such financing plan. Upon the approval of such annual financing plan by the Governor, incremental revenues identified in the annual financing plan for cash funding shall be paid within the fiscal year of such annual financing plan into the Transportation Strategy Board projects account, established under section 113 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session, of the Special Transportation Fund, created by the senior indenture for special tax obligation bonds, as an expenditure of the Infrastructure Improvement Fund and shall be available to fund those projects and purposes identified in such annual financing plan for cash funding. Upon the approval of the portion of the annual financing plan relating to the use of bond proceeds to fund some or all of such projects and purposes by the Treasurer and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Treasurer shall proceed to issue the requisite amount of special tax obligation bonds, subject to any required approval of the State Bond Commission, to fund those projects and purposes identified in such annual financing plan to be funded by bond proceeds, and the Commissioner of Transportation shall direct the expenditure of such bond proceeds. Any such projects or purposes so financed are hereby found and determined to be in furtherance of one or more of the authorized purposes for the issuance of special tax obligation bonds set forth in subdivision (6) of subsection (b) of section 13b-74 of the general statutes, as amended by this act. Said special tax obligation bonds are hereby authorized to be issued in an amount up to the authorized funding amount with respect to each fiscal year for the projects and purposes set forth in section 3 of this act and shall be special obligations of the state and shall not be payable from nor charged upon any funds other than revenues of the state pledged therefor in subsection (b) of section 13b-61 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and section 13b-69 of the general statutes, or such other receipts, funds or moneys as may be pledged therefor. Said bonds shall not be payable from nor charged upon any funds other than such pledged revenues or such other receipts, funds or moneys as may be pledged therefor, nor shall the state or any political subdivision thereof be subject to any liability thereon, except to the extent of such pledged revenues or such other receipts, funds or moneys as may be pledged therefor. Said bonds shall be issued under and in accordance with the provisions of sections 13b-74 to 13b-77, inclusive, and sections 13 to 17, inclusive, of this act.

(b) In addition to the preparation of the annual financing plans, the Department of Transportation shall prepare a five-year financing plan that shall project for a period of five years the incremental revenues to be credited to the Transportation Strategy Board projects account, established under section 113 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session, of the Special Transportation Fund, the expenditures anticipated under section 15 of this act, the anticipated use of cash funding, bond proceeds and federal revenue, grants or other transportation related financial assistance to fund or finance the projects and purposes described in section 3 of this act. Such five-year financing plan shall be updated on or before August first of each year at the same time as the preparation of the annual financing plan and shall be provided by the Commissioner of Transportation to the Transportation Strategy Board, the State Treasurer, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation and finance, revenue and bonding.

Sec. 18. Section 13b-74 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Whenever the General Assembly has empowered the State Bond Commission to authorize special tax obligation bonds of the state for specific transportation projects and uses and has found that such projects and uses are for any of the purposes set forth under subsection (b) of this section, and whenever the State Bond Commission finds that the authorization of such bonds will be in the best interests of the state, the State Bond Commission shall authorize the issuance of such bonds from time to time in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding the aggregate amount authorized therefor by the General Assembly.

(b) The purposes for which special tax obligation bonds may be issued pursuant to sections 13b-74 to 13b-77, inclusive, as amended by this act, are as follows:

(1) Planning, acquisition, removal, construction, equipping, reconstruction, repair, rehabilitation and improvement of, and acquisition of easements and rights-of-way with respect to, state highways and bridges;

(2) Payment of the state's share of the costs of planning, acquisition, removal, construction, equipping, reconstruction, repair, rehabilitation and improvement of, and acquisition of easements and rights-of-way with respect to, (A) state highways, (B) projects on the interstate highway system, (C) alternate highway projects in the interstate highway substitution program, commonly referred to as the interstate trade-in program, (D) state bridges, (E) mass transportation and transit facilities, (F) aeronautic facilities, excluding Bradley International Airport, and (G) waterway projects;

(3) Payment of the state's share of the costs of planning, acquisition, removal, construction, equipping, reconstruction, repair, rehabilitation and improvement of, and acquisition of easements and rights-of-way with respect to, the local bridge program established under sections 13a-175p to 13a-175u, inclusive, and payment of state contributions to the Local Bridge Revolving Fund established under section 13a-175r;

(4) Planning, acquisition, removal, construction, equipping, reconstruction, repair, rehabilitation and improvement of, and acquisition of easements and rights-of-way with respect to, the highway safety program, including the rail-highway crossing, hazard elimination and other highway safety programs on the state highway system; [and]

(5) Planning, acquisition, removal, construction, equipping, reconstruction, repair, rehabilitation and improvement of, and acquisition of easements and rights-of-way with respect to, the maintenance garages and administrative facilities of the Department of Transportation; and

(6) Planning, acquisition, removal, construction, equipping, reconstruction, repair, rehabilitation and improvement of, and acquisition of easements and rights-of-way with respect to, projects and purposes included in section 3 of this act which have been approved for financing with special tax obligation bonds or notes as provided in the annual financing plan of such board, as described in section 17 of this act, as well as related financing costs, including, without limitation, costs of issuance and required reserves.

(c) Upon authorization of bonds by the State Bond Commission pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the principal amount of the bonds authorized therein for transportation costs with respect to such projects and uses shall be deemed to be an appropriation and allocation of such amount for such projects or uses, respectively, and, subject to approval by the Governor of allotment thereof and to any authorization for such projects or uses that may otherwise be required, contracts may be awarded and obligations incurred with respect to any such projects or uses in amounts not in the aggregate exceeding the principal amount authorized therefor, notwithstanding that such contracts and obligations may at a particular time exceed the amount of the proceeds from the sale of such bonds theretofore received by the state.

Sec. 19. Subsection (j) of section 13b-76 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(j) The proceeds of bonds and bond anticipation notes issued pursuant to sections 13b-74 to 13b-77, inclusive, as amended by this act, may be used to pay only transportation costs, provided the proceeds of bonds and bond anticipation notes whose issuance has been proposed pursuant to the process set forth in section 17 of this act shall be used to pay only the costs of projects described in subdivision (6) of subsection (b) of section 13b-74, as amended by this act, and related financing costs, including, without limitation, costs of issuance and funding required reserves and provided further nothing [herein] in this subsection shall limit the issuance of refunding bonds pursuant to subsection (l) of this section.

Sec. 20. Subsection (b) of section 13b-61 of the general statutes is amended by adding subdivision (16) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (16) On and after July 1, 2003, and up to and including June 30, 2036, all moneys received or collected by the state or any officer thereof on account of, or derived from, the incremental revenues generated pursuant to sections 1-1h, 14-35, 14-44i, 14-47, 14-48b, 14-49, 14-50, 14-66, 14-67 and 14-381, as amended by this act, and revenues specified in sections 113 and 114 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session shall be deposited into the Transportation Strategy Board projects account, established under section 113 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session, of the Infrastructure Improvement Fund and shall be used to support the funding of the projects and purposes described in section 3 of this act.

Sec. 21. Subsection (v) of section 14-49 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

(v) There shall be charged for each motor vehicle learner's permit or renewal thereof a fee of [six] eighteen dollars. There shall be charged for each motorcycle learner's permit or renewal thereof a fee of [five dollars and fifty cents] fifteen dollars.

Sec. 22. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 14-50 of the general statutes, as amended by section 9 of public act 03-171, are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

(a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of section 14-41, there shall be charged a fee of [thirty-five] forty-three dollars [and fifty cents] for each renewal of a motor vehicle operator's license issued for a period of four years, a fee of [fifty-three] sixty-five dollars [and twenty-five cents] for each renewal of a motor vehicle operator's license issued for a period of six years and an additional fee of [nine] twelve dollars for each year for each passenger endorsement.

(b) There shall be charged for each examination of an operator of a motor vehicle a fee of [thirty-six] forty dollars. There may be charged for each advance appointment for an operator's license examination a fee of fifteen dollars which fee shall be paid to the commissioner at least six business days prior to the date of the appointment and shall be applied toward the examination fee if the applicant keeps the appointment. If the applicant fails to keep the appointment, the appointment fee shall be forfeited, unless (1) in the judgment of the commissioner, the applicant's failure to keep the appointment was due to exigent circumstances, or (2) the applicant reschedules the appointment.

Sec. 23. Subsection (a) of section 14-44i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

(a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of section 14-44h, there shall be charged a fee of [seventy-five] ninety dollars for each renewal of a commercial driver's license.

Sec. 24. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 14-47 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

(a) The commissioner shall determine the gross weight of each motor vehicle which is eligible for commercial registration, including each tractor equipped with rubber tires and, for the purpose of computing fees, gross weight shall be the weight of the vehicle in pounds plus the rated load capacity in pounds as determined by the commissioner, provided, in the case of a tractor restricted for use with a trailer, registered as a heavy duty trailer, the fee shall be based on the gross weight of the tractor which shall be the light weight of such tractor; and [he] said commissioner shall collect fees for registration based on such gross weight, as follows: When all surfaces in contact with the ground are equipped with pneumatic tires, the fee for such motor vehicle or tractor of gross weight not exceeding twenty thousand pounds shall be [one dollar, and on and after July 1, 1992,] one dollar and [fifteen] sixteen cents, for each one hundred pounds or fraction thereof; from twenty thousand and one pounds up to and including thirty thousand pounds, [one dollar and twenty-five cents, and on and after July 1, 1992,] one dollar and [forty] forty-two cents, for each one hundred pounds or fraction thereof; from thirty thousand and one pounds up to and including seventy-three thousand pounds, one dollar and [fifty cents, and on and after July 1, 1992, one dollar and seventy-five] seventy-seven cents, for each one hundred pounds or fraction thereof; from seventy-three thousand and one pounds and over, one dollar and [seventy cents, and on and after July 1, 1992, one dollar and ninety] ninety-two cents, for each one hundred pounds or fraction thereof. In addition to any other fee required under this subsection, a fee of ten dollars shall be collected for the registration of each motor vehicle subject to this subsection.

(b) The minimum fee for any commercial registration or registration of a tractor equipped with pneumatic tires shall be [thirty-four dollars. On and after July 1, 1992, the fee shall be thirty-nine] forty-four dollars.

Sec. 25. Subsection (a) of section 14-49 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

(a) For the registration of each passenger motor vehicle, other than an electric motor vehicle, the fee shall be [seventy] seventy-five dollars every two years, provided any individual who is sixty-five years of age or older on or after January 1, 1981, may, at his discretion, renew the registration of such passenger motor vehicle owned by him for either a one-year or two-year period. The fee for one year shall be [thirty-five] thirty-eight dollars, and the fee for two years shall be [seventy] seventy-five dollars; provided the biennial fee for any motor vehicle for which special license plates have been issued under the provisions of section 14-20 shall be [seventy] seventy-five dollars. The provisions of this subsection relative to the biennial fee charged for the registration of each antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle for which special license plates have been issued under section 14-20 shall not apply to an antique fire apparatus or transit bus owned by a nonprofit organization and maintained primarily for use in parades, exhibitions or other public events but not for purposes of general transportation.

Sec. 26. Subsection (e) of section 14-49 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

(e) (1) For the registration of a passenger motor vehicle used in part for commercial purposes, the commissioner shall charge a biennial fee of [seventy-eight] eighty-three dollars. (2) For the registration of a school bus, the commissioner shall charge an annual fee of one hundred dollars for a type I school bus and sixty dollars for a type II school bus. (3) For the registration of a motor vehicle when used in part for commercial purposes and as a passenger motor vehicle or of a motor vehicle having a seating capacity greater than ten and not used for the conveyance of passengers for hire, the commissioner shall charge a biennial fee for gross weight as for commercial registration, as outlined in section 14-47, plus the sum of [eight] thirteen dollars. (4) A motor vehicle used in part for commercial purposes and used in part for private passenger purposes and registered pursuant to this section shall be issued a number plate bearing the word "combination". No vehicle registered as combination may have a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of ten thousand pounds.

Sec. 27. Section 1-1h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2005):

(a) Any person who does not possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license may apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles for an identity card. The application for an identity card shall be accompanied by the birth certificate of the applicant or a certificate of identification of the applicant issued and authorized for such use by the Department of Correction. Such application shall include: (1) The applicant's name; (2) the applicant's address; (3) whether the address is permanent or temporary; (4) the applicant's birthdate; (5) notice to the applicant that false statements on such application are punishable under section 53a-157b; and (6) such other pertinent information as the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles deems necessary. A fee of [ten] fifteen dollars shall be paid to the department upon issuance to the applicant of an identity card which contains a picture of the applicant and specifies the applicant's height, sex and eye color. The applicant shall sign the application in the presence of an official of the department. The commissioner may waive the [ten-dollar] fifteen-dollar fee for any applicant who has voluntarily surrendered such applicant's motor vehicle operator's license or whose license has been refused by the commissioner pursuant to subdivision (4) of subsection (e) of section 14-36.

(b) An identity card shall expire within a period not exceeding four years from the date of issuance of such card. Each such card shall indicate its date of expiration. Any person who holds an identity card may renew such card in such manner as the commissioner shall prescribe upon payment of a fee of [ten] fifteen dollars.

(c) A distinctive identity card shall be issued to any applicant less than twenty-one years of age. The identity card shall contain a statement that it is issued subject to the same verification of the applicant's identity as required for the issuance of a motor vehicle operator's license. The card may thereafter be exhibited to establish the age and identity of the person to whom it was issued.

(d) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, in consultation with the Liquor Control Commission, shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to carry out the purposes of this section and section 30-86.

(e) Any person who misrepresents his age or practices any other deceit in the procurement of an identity card, or uses or exhibits an identity card belonging to any other person, shall be fined not more than fifty dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both.

Sec. 28. Subsection (e) of section 14-67 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2005):

(e) The fee for each such license or the renewal thereof shall be thirty-one dollars, payable to the commissioner. On and after [July 1, 1992] January 1, 2005, such fee shall be [thirty-five] two hundred fifty dollars.

Sec. 29. Subsection (b) of section 14-35 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

(b) The applicant shall, instead of registering each motor vehicle owned by such applicant or temporarily in the applicant's custody, have issued to such applicant by the commissioner a general distinguishing number. Thereupon, each motor vehicle owned by the applicant or temporarily in the applicant's custody shall be regarded as registered under and having assigned to it the distinguishing number. The commissioner shall charge a fee at the rate of [one hundred fourteen] two hundred fifty dollars per annum for each general distinguishing number.

Sec. 30. Subsection (b) of section 14-44i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

(b) There shall be charged for each commercial driver's license knowledge test a fee of sixteen dollars. There shall be charged for each commercial driver's license skills test a fee of thirty dollars. There shall be charged for each commercial driver's license learner's permit a fee of [eight] ten dollars.

Sec. 31. Section 14-48b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

Except as provided in section 14-24, for the registration of each semitrailer drawn by a truck-tractor the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall charge a fee of [thirty-one dollars. On and after July 1, 1992, the fee shall be thirty-five] forty dollars. The commissioner may issue for one or more years, not to exceed five years, a registration for semitrailers. The fee for such registration shall be computed at the same annual rate as that established by this section.

Sec. 32. Subsection (b) of section 14-49 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

(b) (1) For the registration of each motorcycle, the biennial fee shall be [thirty dollars, and on and after July 1, 1992, thirty-six] forty dollars, subject to the provisions of subdivision (2) of this subsection. For the registration of each motorcycle with side car or box attached used for commercial purposes, the biennial fee shall be [fifty dollars, and on and after July 1, 1992,] fifty-six dollars. The commissioner may register a motorcycle with a side car under one registration which shall cover the use of such motorcycle with or without such side car. (2) Four dollars of the total fee with respect to the registration of each motorcycle shall, when entered upon the records of the Special Transportation Fund, be deemed to be appropriated to the Department of Transportation for purposes of continuing the program of motorcycle rider education formerly funded under the federal Highway Safety Act of 1978, 23 USC 402.

Sec. 33. Subsection (c) of section 14-49 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

(c) For the registration of each taxicab or motor vehicle in livery service, with a seating capacity of seven or less, the commissioner shall charge an annual fee of [one hundred five] one hundred twenty-five dollars. When the seating capacity of such motor vehicle is more than seven, there shall be added to the amount herein provided the sum of four dollars for each seat so in excess.

Sec. 34. Subsection (c) of section 14-66 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

(c) Each wrecker used for towing or transporting disabled or wrecked motor vehicles for compensation shall be registered as a wrecker by the commissioner for a fee of [ninety-two] one hundred twenty-five dollars. Each such registration shall be renewed biennially according to renewal schedules established by the commissioner so as to effect staggered renewal of all such registrations. If the adoption of a staggered system results in the expiration of any registration more or less than two years from its issuance, the commissioner may charge a prorated amount for such registration fee.

Sec. 35. Section 14-381 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2004):

Any owner required to register a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle shall apply to the commissioner and shall file evidence of ownership by affidavit or document. Upon receipt of an application in proper form and the registration fee, the commissioner shall assign an identification number and provide the owner with a certificate of registration and registration plate. The registration plate, which shall be affixed by the owner, shall be displayed on the snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle at a place and in a manner prescribed by the commissioner. In addition to such registration plate, each snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle so registered shall display its registration number on each side of its front section, midway between the top and bottom of said front section, in letters or numbers at least three inches in height and made of a reflective material. The certificate of registration shall be carried on such snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle and shall be available for inspection whenever such snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle is being operated. The owner shall pay a fee of [twelve dollars, and on and after July 1, 1992, fourteen] twenty dollars for each snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle so registered. Each such certificate of registration shall expire biennially on the last day of March.

Sec. 36. (Effective from passage) (a) The sum of $ 10,300,000 carried forward pursuant to subsection (a) of section 42 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session shall be expended as follows: East Haven Road and Sidewalk Improvement Aid, $ 150,000; Fairfield County Interregional Services, $ 900,000; New Haven Line Commuter Connection, $ 320,000; Danbury Area Feeder Bus Service - Harlem Line, $ 200,000; Expanded Hartford Area Express Bus Service, $ 750,000; Shoreline East Service through New Haven - Bridgeport - Stamford, $ 1,700,000; Continuation of State Operating Subsidy for Tweed-New Haven Airport, $ 600,000; Transportation Strategy Board projects account, $ 3,700,000.

(b) The funds for the State Operating Subsidy for Tweed-New Haven Airport in subsection (a) of this section shall be made available only if the city of New Haven continues its current level of operating subsidy.

Sec. 37. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Bethel a parcel of land located on Depot Place and Greenwood Avenue in the town of Bethel, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately . 542 acres and is situated within the railroad right-of-way, on the northeasterly side of the Danbury Branch Rail Line, with appurtenances thereon known as the former Bethel Train Station, as shown on the sketch entitled "Town of Bethel Sketch showing land and building leased to the town of Bethel by the State of Connecticut, Valuation Map 58-70-4, Scale 1" = 100', September 1996, Bureau of Public Transportation-Office of Rail", Town No. 09, Project No. 7001-MISC. , Serial No. 135, Sheet 1 of 1. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Bethel shall use said parcel of land for the municipal use, maintenance or improvement of the appurtenances thereon. If the town of Bethel:

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Approved August 20,, 2003