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PUBLIC TRANSIT REVISIONS

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Jerry W. Stevenson

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House Sponsor: Stephen G. Handy

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Public Transit District Act by amending provisions relating to
             10      public transit.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    amends definitions;
             14          .    provides that a public transit district's introduction, maintenance, or operation of a
             15      system may not be considered to be the establishment of a public transit service or
             16      system for certain restrictions if the service or system is introduced, maintained, or
             17      operated by the public transit district:
             18              .    as part of a program of projects approved by the Federal Transit Administration;
             19              .    in cooperation with the state or a political subdivision of the state, pursuant to
             20      an interlocal agreement; or
             21              .    in accordance with the Travel Reduction Act; and
             22          .    makes technical changes.
             23      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             28      AMENDS:
             29          17B-2a-802, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 281


             30          17B-2a-805, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 329
             31     
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 17B-2a-802 is amended to read:
             34           17B-2a-802. Definitions.
             35          As used in this part:
             36          (1) "Appointing entity" means the person, county, unincorporated area of a county, or
             37      municipality appointing a member to a public transit district board of trustees.
             38          (2) (a) "Chief executive officer" means a person appointed by the board of trustees to
             39      serve as chief executive officer.
             40          (b) "Chief executive officer" shall enjoy all the rights, duties, and responsibilities
             41      defined in Sections 17B-2a-810 and 17B-2a-811 and includes all rights, duties, and
             42      responsibilities assigned to the general manager but prescribed by the board of trustees to be
             43      fulfilled by the chief executive officer.
             44          (3) "Department" means the Department of Transportation created in Section 72-1-201 .
             45          (4) (a) "General manager" means a person appointed by the board of trustees to serve
             46      as general manager.
             47          (b) "General manager" shall enjoy all the rights, duties, and responsibilities defined in
             48      Sections 17B-2a-810 and 17B-2a-811 prescribed by the board of trustees.
             49          (5) (a) "Locally elected public official" means a person who holds an elected position
             50      with a county or municipality.
             51          (b) "Locally elected public official" does not include a person who holds an elected
             52      position if the elected position is not with a county or municipality.
             53          (6) "Multicounty district" means a public transit district located in more than one
             54      county.
             55          (7) "Operator" means a public entity or other person engaged in the transportation of
             56      passengers for hire.
             57          (8) "Public transit" means the transportation of passengers only and their incidental


             58      baggage by means other than:
             59          (a) chartered bus;
             60          (b) sightseeing bus; or
             61          (c) taxi[; or].
             62          [(d) other vehicle not on an individual passenger fare paying basis.]
             63          (9) "Transit facility" means a transit vehicle, transit station, depot, passenger loading or
             64      unloading zone, parking lot, or other facility:
             65          (a) leased by or operated by or on behalf of a public transit district; and
             66          (b) related to the public transit services provided by the district, including:
             67          (i) railway or other right-of-way;
             68          (ii) railway line; and
             69          (iii) a reasonable area immediately adjacent to a designated stop on a route traveled by
             70      a transit vehicle.
             71          (10) "Transit-oriented development" means a mixed-use residential or commercial area
             72      that is designed to maximize access to public transit.
             73          (11) "Transit vehicle" means a passenger bus, coach, railcar, van, or other vehicle
             74      operated as public transportation by a public transit district.
             75          Section 2. Section 17B-2a-805 is amended to read:
             76           17B-2a-805. Limitations on authority of a public transit district.
             77          (1) A public transit district may not exercise control over a transit facility or public
             78      transit service or system owned or operated inside or outside the district by a governmental
             79      entity unless, upon mutually agreeable terms, the governmental entity consents.
             80          (2) (a) A public transit district may not establish, directly or indirectly, a public transit
             81      service or system, or acquire a facility necessary or incidental to a public transit service or
             82      system, in a manner or form that diverts, lessens, or competes for the patronage or revenue of a
             83      preexisting system of a publicly or privately owned public carrier furnishing like service,
             84      unless the district obtains the consent of the publicly or privately owned carrier.
             85          (b) A public transit district's maintenance and operation of an existing system that the


             86      district acquires from a publicly or privately owned public carrier may not be considered to be
             87      the establishment of a public transit service or system under this Subsection (2).
             88          (c) A public transit district's introduction, maintenance, or operation of a system may
             89      not be considered to be the establishment of a public transit service or system under this
             90      Subsection (2) if the service or system is introduced, maintained, or operated by the public
             91      transit district:
             92          (i) as part of a program of projects approved by the Federal Transit Administration;
             93          (ii) in cooperation with the state or a political subdivision of the state, pursuant to an
             94      interlocal agreement; or
             95          (iii) in accordance with Title 72, Chapter 12, Travel Reduction Act.


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