Summary: H.R.5753 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (08/10/1992)

Intermodal Surface Transporation Technical Corrections Act - Title I: Title 23 Programs - Amends title 23 of the United States Code and the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) to revise and make technical corrections to provisions regarding: (1) changing the name of the Interstate and Defense Highway System to the Dwight D. Eisenhower System; (2) Federal-aid highway systems; (3) State highway apportionments; (4) rights-of-way; (5) contracts for engineering and design services; (6) Federal share of costs for transportation planning; (7) payment to States for bond retirement; (8) waiver of axle weight limitations for buses using the Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways and certain State highways; (9) toll roads and rail-highway crossings; (10) allocation of Federal highway fund apportionments to specified State highway projects for construction of sound barriers; (11) redesignation of metropolitan planning organizations; (12) seismic retrofitting of bridges; (13) air quality improvement programs; (14) penalties for non-use of safety belts and motorcycle helmets; (15) national maximum speed limit requirements with respect to highway fund apportionments; (16) a national minimum drinking age; (17) revocation of drivers' licenses of individuals convicted of drug offenses; (18) State transportation revolving funds; (19) Federal lands highway program; (20) bicycle transportation and pedestrian walkways; (21) the highway research and technology program; (22) the highway safety promotion program; (23) alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures; (24) use of recycled paving material; (25) roadside barrier technology; (26) certain high cost bridge, congestion relief, high priority corridor, rural access, urban access and mobility, innovative, and intermodal projects; (27) the infrastructure awareness program; (28) the disadvantaged business enterprise program; (29) freeway service patrols; (30) traffic control standards; (31) the center for trauma and motor vehicle safety studies; (32) signs designating locations of Department of Veterans Affairs facilities; (33) the Pan American highway; (34) specified Alabama, Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Ohio highway projects; (35) a connector road in Massachusetts; (36) revision of manual-crossbucks (reflectorized devices for rail-highway crossings); (37) use of tourist-oriented directional signs; (38) temporary matching fund waiver; and (39) reaffirmation of policies and priorities of the ISTEA.

Title II: Federal Transit Programs - Amends the Federal Transit Act with respect to various Federal transit programs, including: (1) commuter rail service; (2) a new entrepreneurial transportation services program; (3) metropolitan planning; (4) transit security systems; (5) grants for university transportation centers; (6) planning and research programs; (7) the National Transit Institute; (8) increased Federal share of costs for transportation construction projects in States with large areas of Indian and public domain lands and national forests; (9) completion of the MOS-1 project; (10) operating assistance with respect to the World University Games; (11) the rural transit program; and (12) specified multiyear contracts.

Authorizes appropriations.

Title III: Miscellaneous Surface Transportation Programs - Amends the ISTEA to authorize appropriations through FY 1997 for grants for participation in the International Registration Plan and the International Fuel Tax Agreement.

Directs the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) to develop and evaluate radio and microwave technology for furtherance of safety in commercial and other motor vehicles.

Amends the National Driver Register Act of 1982 to authorize the chief driver licensing official of a State to request the Secretary to refer any request for information regarding an individual's motor vehicle driving record to such State official.

Amends the ISTEA to authorize appropriations for: (1) a one-time national survey of nonhighway recreational fuel consumption by State; and (2) the National Commission on Intermodal Transportation.

Amends the Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1984 to direct the Secretary to issue regulations applying relevant commercial motor carrier safety regulations to private motor carriers of commercial motor vehicles. Requires the Secretary to develop an education program to inform such carriers of the applicability of such regulations.

Amends the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 to require expenditures as a condition for approval of commercial motor safety programs to be maintained at levels which do not fall below the average level of such expenditures for such programs for the last five (currently, three) fiscal years preceding enactment of the ISTEA.

Amends Federal transportation law with respect to the redesignation of metropolitan planning organizations.

Amends the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 to require all high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to be open to motorcyclists until a new certification is accepted by the Secretary.