Text: S.1144 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

Text available as:

Shown Here:
Reference Change Senate (06/03/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1144


To improve transit services, including in rural States.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 21, 2009

Mr. Johnson (for himself, Mr. Tester, and Mr. Crapo) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

June 3, 2009

Committee discharged; referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs


A BILL

To improve transit services, including in rural States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Rural Transit Improvement and Flexibility Act of 2009”.

SEC. 2. Formula grants for other than urbanized areas.

Section 5311(c)(2) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (A), by striking “20 percent” and inserting “25 percent”; and

(2) in subparagraph (B), by striking “80 percent” and inserting “75 percent”.

SEC. 3. Flexible use of elderly and disabled funding.

Section 5310 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by—

(1) in subsection (a), by adding at the end the following:

“(5) OPERATING COSTS.—A State may use not more than 25 percent of the amounts apportioned to the State under this section for operating costs of equipment and facilities that are or have been funded in whole or part under this section.”; and

(2) in subsection (c)—

(A) by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) as paragraphs (3) and (4), respectively; and

(B) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

“(2) OPERATING ASSISTANCE.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), a grant made under this section for operating assistance may not exceed 50 percent of the net operating costs of the project, as determined by the Secretary.

“(B) EXCEPTION.—A State described in section 120(b) of title 23 shall receive a Government share of the net operating costs equal to 62.5 percent of the Government share provided for under paragraph (1)(B).”.

SEC. 4. Pilot program for transit centers in smaller cities and towns.

(a) In general.—Chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 5311 the following:

§ 5311a. Pilot program for transit centers in smaller cities and towns

“(a) In general.—The Secretary shall establish a program (referred to in this section as the ‘program’) of grants to eligible States for the purpose of establishing transit centers in urbanized areas with a population of less than 200,000 and in areas other than urbanized areas. Such transit centers may include multimodal transportation centers that include transit centers.

“(b) Purpose.—The purpose of the program is to facilitate the development of transit service in areas that, historically, may not have received adequate attention to the development of transit service by providing facilities that have the potential to be transformational with respect to the provision of improved transit service in a community.

“(c) Definitions.—In this section—

“(1) the term ‘eligible State’ means a State with a population density of less than 100 persons per square mile of land area, based on the most recent decennial census at the time an application is filed; and

“(2) the definitions of ‘recipient’ and ‘subrecipient’ in section 5311(a) shall apply.

“(d) Procedures.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall develop administrative procedures and requirements for the implementation of this section, including any application procedures, and may pattern such procedures and requirements after requirements applicable to discretionary bus grants under section 5309, but shall streamline such processes and limit requirements to the maximum extent possible, to facilitate prompt implementation of the program and to minimize the regulatory burden on grant recipients and subrecipients.

“(2) DEVELOPMENT.—The Secretary shall develop proposed procedures under this subsection and publish them in the Federal Register for comment within 60 days of the date of enactment of this section. Final procedures shall be adopted within 60 days of the close of said comment period.

“(e) Distribution.—In distributing funds pursuant to this section—

“(1) the Secretary shall, prior to the completion of fiscal year 2012, award grants to establish at least one such center in each eligible State, provided that satisfactory applications have been filed from each eligible State in a timely manner to enable such distribution; and

“(2) prior to the completion of fiscal year 2015, shall award grants to establish at least 2 such centers in each eligible State, provided that satisfactory applications have been filed from each eligible State in a timely manner to enable such distribution.

“(f) Administration costs.—A recipient may use not more than 10 percent of amounts awarded under this section for a project to administer, plan, and provide technical assistance for that project funded under this section. A recipient may allocate to a subrecipient all or part of the amount the recipient may use under this subsection to administer, plan, and provide technical assistance for a project.

“(g) Eligible Expenses and Government Share.—Except for administrative expenses authorized under subsection (f), grants under this program shall be only for capital expenses, including buildings, facilities for the maintenance and repair of buses and other transit vehicles, off street transit vehicle stop space and transit vehicle parking space, passenger seating areas, and other capital expenditures as the Secretary may determine appropriate. The Government share of capital costs under this section shall be 100 percent.”.

(b) Funding.—From the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund there shall be made available to carry out the program established pursuant to section 5311a of title 49, United States Code, $25,000,000 for fiscal year 2010 and $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015. All such amounts are to remain available until expended.