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Governor's Bill No. 6840

January Session, 2015

 

LCO No. 3935

 

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Referred to Committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

 

Introduced by:

 

REP. SHARKEY, 88th Dist.

REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th Dist.

SEN. LOONEY, 11th Dist.

SEN. DUFF, 25th Dist.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING INVESTMENTS IN CONNECTICUT'S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE.

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

Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2015) The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 2 to 6, inclusive, of this act, to authorize the issuance of special tax obligation bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding $2,783,050,000, provided: (1) $274,850,000 shall be effective July 1, 2015, (2) $520,200,000 shall be effective July 1, 2016, (3) $547,200,000 shall be effective July 1, 2017, (4) $749,800,000 shall be effective July 1, 2018, and (5) $691,000,000 shall be effective July 1, 2019.

Sec. 2. (Effective July 1, 2015) The proceeds of the sale of bonds described in sections 1 to 6, inclusive, of this act, to the extent hereinafter stated, shall be used for the purpose of payment of the transportation costs, as defined in subdivision (6) of section 13b-75 of the general statutes, with respect to the projects and uses hereinafter described, which projects and uses 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 section 13b-74 of the general statutes. For the Department of Transportation:

(a) For the Bureau of Engineering and Highway Operations:

(1) Design and engineering for Interstate 84 widening between exits 3 and 8;

(2) Design and engineering for Interstate 84 viaduct replacement in Hartford;

(3) Operational lanes for Interstate 84 interchange 40 to 42 in West Hartford;

(4) Design and engineering for Interstate 84 and Route 8 interchange improvements in Waterbury;

(5) Design and engineering for Interstate 91, Interstate 691 and Route 15 interchange improvements;

(6) Design and engineering for Interstate 95 widening between Bridgeport and Stamford;

(7) Design and engineering, including rights-of-way for Interstate 95 widening between the Baldwin Bridge and the Gold Star Bridge;

(8) Relocation and reconfiguration for the Interstate 91 interchange 29 in Hartford;

(9) Rehabilitation and repair for the Interstate 95 Gold Star Bridge;

(10) Reconfiguration for Route 7 and Route 15 interchange in Norwalk;

(11) Design and engineering for Route 9 improvements in Middletown;

(12) Urban bikeway, pedestrian connectivity, trails and alternative mobility programs;

(13) Rehabilitation for Route 15 West Rock Tunnel and interchange 59; and

(14) Implementation of Innovative Bridge Delivery and Construction Program.

(b) For the Bureau of Public Transportation:

(1) Bus rolling stock for service expansions;

(2) State-wide rail rolling stock replacement program, including café cars on the New Haven Line;

(3) Continued expansion, rolling stock and development of stations on the Hartford Line;

(4) Extension of the CTfastrak bus rapid transit corridor east to Manchester;

(5) Implementation of a bus rapid transit corridor for Route 1 between Norwalk and Stamford;

(6) New signal system on the Waterbury branch line;

(7) Interim repairs to the SAGA moveable and Cos Cob bridges on the New Haven Line;

(8) Design, engineering and construction of a new dock yard on the Danbury branch line;

(9) Design and construction of the Orange, Barnum and Merritt 7 stations on the New Haven Line and Danbury branch line;

(10) Development of a Madison station and parking garage on Shoreline East;

(11) Study for an East Lyme (Niantic) station on Shoreline East;

(12) Design and construction of a parking deck and pedestrian bridge in New Haven on the New Haven Line;

(13) Design and construction of a pedestrian bridge in Stamford on the New Haven Line;

(14) Implementation of a real-time location and bus information system state wide;

(15) Implementation of a real-time audio and video system on the New Haven Line;

(16) Development of a plan to upgrade capacity and speed on the New Haven Line; and

(17) Study for centralized paratransit service coordination state wide.

Sec. 3. (Effective July 1, 2015) None of the bonds described in sections 1 to 6, inclusive, of this act, shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it (1) a request for such authorization, which is signed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or by or on behalf of such state officer, department or agency and stating such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require, and (2) any capital development impact statement and any human services facility colocation statement required to be filed with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management pursuant to section 4b-31 of the general statutes, any advisory report regarding the state conservation and development policies plan required pursuant to section 16a-31 of the general statutes, and any statement regarding farm land required pursuant to subsection (g) of section 3-20 of the general statutes and section 22-6 of the general statutes, provided the State Bond Commission may authorize said bonds without a finding that the reports and statements required by subdivision (2) of this section have been filed with it if said commission authorizes the secretary of said commission to accept such reports and statements on its behalf. No funds derived from the sale of bonds authorized by said commission without a finding that the reports and statements required by subdivision (2) of this section have been filed with it shall be allotted by the Governor for any project until the reports and statements required by subdivision (2) of this section, with respect to such project, have been filed with the secretary of said commission.

Sec. 4. (Effective July 1, 2015) For the purposes of sections 1 to 6, inclusive, of this act, each request filed, as provided in section 3 of this act, for an authorization of bonds shall identify the project for which the proceeds of the sale of such bonds are to be used and expended and, in addition to any terms and conditions required pursuant to said section 3, include the recommendation of the person signing such request as to the extent to which federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with any such project should be added to the state moneys available or becoming available from the proceeds of bonds and temporary notes issued in anticipation of the receipt of the proceeds of bonds. If the request includes a recommendation that some amount of such federal, private or other moneys should be added to such state moneys, then, if and to the extent directed by the State Bond Commission at the time of authorization of such bonds, such amount of such federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project shall be added to such state moneys.

Sec. 5. (Effective July 1, 2015) Any balance of proceeds of the sale of bonds authorized for the projects or purposes of section 2 of this act, in excess of the aggregate costs of all the projects so authorized, shall be used in the manner set forth in sections 13b-74 to 13b-77, inclusive, of the general statutes, and in the proceedings of the State Bond Commission respecting the issuance and sale of said bonds.

Sec. 6. (Effective July 1, 2015) Bonds issued pursuant to sections 1 to 6, inclusive, of this act shall be special obligations of the state and shall not be payable from or charged upon any funds other than revenues of the state pledged therefor in subsection (b) of section 13b-61 of the general statutes and section 13b-61a of the general statutes, or such other receipts, funds or moneys as may be pledged therefor. Said bonds shall not be payable from or 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, of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2015

New section

Sec. 2

July 1, 2015

New section

Sec. 3

July 1, 2015

New section

Sec. 4

July 1, 2015

New section

Sec. 5

July 1, 2015

New section

Sec. 6

July 1, 2015

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]