CHAPTER 242
TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

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Sec. 13b-4. Powers and duties of commissioner.
Sec. 13b-4d. Commissioner's power to declare a state of emergency.
Sec. 13b-23a. Leasing of naming rights of transit stations and transit-owned property.
Sec. 13b-38c. Loans for the acquisition of vanpool vehicles.
Sec. 13b-50a. Initiatives for the preservation of airports.

PART I
GENERAL PROVISIONS

      Sec. 13b-4. Powers and duties of commissioner. The commissioner shall have the following general powers, duties and responsibilities:

      (1) To coordinate and develop comprehensive, integrated transportation policy and planning to include a long-range master plan of transportation for the state;

      (2) To coordinate and assist in the development and operation of a modern, safe, efficient and energy-conserving system of highway, mass transit, marine and aviation facilities and services;

      (3) To promote the coordinated and efficient use of all available and future modes of transportation;

      (4) To study commuter and urban travel and in cooperation with federal, regional and local agencies and persons to formulate and implement plans and programs to improve such travel;

      (5) To study means of providing facilities for parking motor vehicles so as to encourage travel by the combination of motor vehicle and other modes of transportation and in cooperation with federal, regional and local agencies and persons to formulate and implement plans and programs for this purpose;

      (6) To study means of improving transportation safety and to formulate and implement plans and programs and adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, for this purpose;

      (7) To study the operations of existing airports, to determine the need for changes in such airports and the need for future airports, and to formulate and implement plans and programs to improve aviation facilities and services;

      (8) To cooperate with federal, state, interstate and local agencies, organizations and persons performing activities relating to transportation;

      (9) To exercise and perform such other duties and responsibilities as may be conferred under this chapter and title 13a or as may otherwise be conferred by law;

      (10) To prepare a plan setting forth a recommendation for a restructured system of regional transit districts within the state. Said plan shall be based on: (A) Established patterns of commuter traffic within the state; (B) federal requirements for receiving aid under the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964, and (C) present planning regions. On or before February 1, 1978, the commissioner shall present such plan to the General Assembly;

      (11) To prepare pertinent reports, including but not limited to, detailed reports of energy use analysis by mode of transportation;

      (12) To provide for the planning and construction of any capital improvements and the remodeling, alteration, repair or enlargement of any real asset that may be required for the development and operation of a safe, efficient system of highway, mass transit, marine and aviation transportation, provided (A) the acquisition, other than by condemnation, or the sale or lease, of any property that is used for such purposes shall be subject to the review and approval of the State Properties Review Board in accordance with the provisions of subsection (f) of section 4b-3, and (B) any contract for the planning, construction, remodeling, alteration, repair or enlargement of any public building which is estimated to cost more than five hundred thousand dollars shall be advertised and awarded in accordance with section 13b-20n; and

      (13) To participate, subject to the availability of funds, in transit-oriented development projects at or near transit facilities.

      (1969, P.A. 768, S. 4; P.A. 77-33, S. 2; 77-614, S. 550, 610; P.A. 81-421, S. 3, 9; P.A. 82-446, S. 3, 4; P.A. 83-587, S. 27, 96; P.A. 91-124, S. 3; P.A. 03-115, S. 48; 03-215, S. 13; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-7, S. 94.)

      History: P.A. 77-33 added new Subsec. (j) providing for preparation of plan for restructured regional transit districts to be presented by February 1, 1978; P.A. 77-614 added new Subsec. (k) providing for preparation of reports, substituted "integrated" for "balanced" in Subsec. (a), and added "energy conserving" as a qualification in Subsec. (b), effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 81-421 expanded the powers of the commissioner to include the planning and construction of capital improvements related to highway, mass transit, marine and aviation transportation while maintaining the role of the state properties review board; P.A. 82-446 clarified the role of the state properties review board in approving contracts with architects or engineers; P.A. 83-587 made a technical amendment, restoring language inadvertently dropped in the printing of the statutes; P.A. 91-124 in Subdiv. (12) deleted the requirement that the properties review board approve selection of and contract with any architect or engineer; P.A. 03-115 amended Subdivs. (6), (10) and (11) to make technical changes; P.A. 03-215 amended Subdiv. (12) to designate existing proviso as Subpara. (A) and add Subpara. (B) re the advertisement and award of public building contracts valued over $500,000, effective October 1, 2004; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-7 added Subdiv. (13) re transit-oriented development projects, effective November 2, 2007.

      See chapter 244 (Sec. 13b-80 et seq.) re motor buses.

      See chapter 244b (Sec. 13b-101 et seq.) re motor vehicles in livery service.

      See chapter 245 (Sec. 13b-200 et seq.) re railroads and railways.

      See chapter 245b (Sec. 13b-324 et seq.) re railroad operations.

      See Secs. 13b-79kk, 13b-79ll re transit-oriented development projects.


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      Sec. 13b-4d. Commissioner's power to declare a state of emergency. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation may declare a state of emergency and may employ, in any manner, such assistance as he may require to restore any railroad owned by the state or any of its subdivisions or the facilities, equipment or service of such railroad, or any transit system or its facilities, equipment or service, or any airport when: (1) A railroad system owned by the state or any of its subdivisions or any of the facilities or equipment of such railroad system is deemed by the commissioner to be in an unsafe condition or when there is an interruption of essential railroad services, whether or not such system or any of its facilities or equipment is physically damaged; (2) a transit facility owned by the state or any of its subdivisions or the equipment of such facility is damaged as a result of a natural disaster or incurs substantial casualty loss which results in what is deemed by the commissioner to be an unsafe condition or when there is an interruption of essential transit services; or (3) an airport owned or operated by the state or any of its subdivisions or the equipment of such airport is damaged as a result of a natural disaster or incurs substantial casualty loss which results in what is deemed by the commissioner to be an unsafe condition or when there is an interruption of essential transit services.

      (b) When a privately-owned railroad system, its facility or equipment is damaged as a result of a natural disaster or incurs substantial casualty loss which results in an unsafe condition or the interruption of essential railroad service, the railroad company may request the commissioner to declare a state of emergency, and said commissioner may comply with such request and may provide assistance to such railroad company in any manner he deems necessary to restore said railroad system, facility, equipment or service.

      (P.A. 94-188, S. 23, 30; P.A. 07-232, S. 8.)

      History: P.A. 94-188, Sec. 23, effective June 2, 1994; P.A. 07-232 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provisions re declaration of state of emergency with respect to airports, effective July 11, 2007.

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      Sec. 13b-23a. Leasing of naming rights of transit stations and transit-owned property. The Commissioner of Transportation shall develop procedures, in accordance with the general statutes, for the leasing of naming rights of transit stations and other transit-owned property to private corporations and organizations. The commissioner shall establish criteria for the leasing of such naming rights. Such criteria shall be submitted to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation, not later than January 30, 2008, and, if approved by said committee, such approval shall not be later than the close of the 2008 session of the General Assembly.

      (P.A. 07-232, S. 9.)

      History: P.A. 07-232 effective July 1, 2007.

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PART III
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

      Sec. 13b-38c. Loans for the acquisition of vanpool vehicles. The Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to loan funds for the purpose of financing the acquisition of vanpool vehicles, as defined in subdivision (94) of section 14-1, to any person, firm or organization.

      (P.A. 07-232, S. 44.)

      History: P.A. 07-232 effective July 1, 2007.

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PART IV
AERONAUTICS

      Sec. 13b-50a. Initiatives for the preservation of airports. The following initiatives shall be established to preserve Connecticut's licensed private owned, public used airports which have a paved runway and a minimum of five thousand operations per year: (1) The state shall have the right of first refusal to purchase, via fair market value and state property acquisition procedures, an airport, if that airport is threatened with sale or closure, for the express purpose in preserving the airport; (2) the Commissioner of Transportation may acquire the development rights, based on fair market value for such rights of such airports, provided the airport remains a public airport; (3) the state shall fund capital improvements to private airports, in which case the state shall participate in ninety per cent of the eligible costs and the balance by the sponsor, with budget and priorities to be determined by the Department of Transportation, and engineering in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circulars; and (4) the establishment of a new airport zoning category for the airport's imaginary surfaces as defined by Federal Aviation Regulations. Development within these surfaces shall require notices for proposed construction and a federal determination of obstructions. Construction of obstructions deemed hazardous to navigation shall not be allowed.

      (P.A. 07-232, S. 50.)

      History: P.A. 07-232 effective July 1, 2007.

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