8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends the governance of certain public transit districts, restricts powers of
11 some public transit districts, and creates a task force.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ amends provisions relating to the authority of a public service district that serves a
15 population over 200,000 people to develop transit oriented developments;
16 ▸ requires a public transit district that serves a population over 200,000 people to have
17 a citizens' advisory board, an office of constituent services, and an office of
18 coordinated mobility;
19 ▸ creates the Transportation Governance and Funding Task Force;
20 ▸ provides an automatic repeal date for the task force; and
21 ▸ makes technical changes.
22 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 17B-2a-804, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2016, Chapter 387
29 63I-2-272, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2016, Fourth Special Session, Chapter 2
31 17B-2a-826, Utah Code Annotated 1953
32 72-14-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
34 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
35 Section 1. Section 17B-2a-804 is amended to read:
36 17B-2a-804. Additional public transit district powers.
37 (1) In addition to the powers conferred on a public transit district under Section
38 17B-1-103, a public transit district may:
39 (a) provide a public transit system for the transportation of passengers and their
40 incidental baggage;
41 (b) notwithstanding Subsection 17B-1-103(2)(g) and subject to Section 17B-2a-817,
42 levy and collect property taxes only for the purpose of paying:
43 (i) principal and interest of bonded indebtedness of the public transit district; or
44 (ii) a final judgment against the public transit district if:
45 (A) the amount of the judgment exceeds the amount of any collectable insurance or
46 indemnity policy; and
47 (B) the district is required by a final court order to levy a tax to pay the judgment;
48 (c) insure against:
49 (i) loss of revenues from damage to or destruction of some or all of a public transit
50 system from any cause;
51 (ii) public liability;
52 (iii) property damage; or
53 (iv) any other type of event, act, or omission;
54 (d) acquire, contract for, lease, construct, own, operate, control, or use:
55 (i) a right-of-way, rail line, monorail, bus line, station, platform, switchyard, terminal,
56 parking lot, or any other facility necessary or convenient for public transit service; or
57 (ii) any structure necessary for access by persons and vehicles;
58 (e) (i) hire, lease, or contract for the supplying or management of a facility, operation,
59 equipment, service, employee, or management staff of an operator; and
60 (ii) provide for a sublease or subcontract by the operator upon terms that are in the
61 public interest;
62 (f) operate feeder bus lines and other feeder or ridesharing services as necessary;
63 (g) accept a grant, contribution, or loan, directly through the sale of securities or
64 equipment trust certificates or otherwise, from the United States, or from a department,
65 instrumentality, or agency of the United States;
66 (h) study and plan transit facilities in accordance with any legislation passed by
68 (i) cooperate with and enter into an agreement with the state or an agency of the state
69 or otherwise contract to finance to establish transit facilities and equipment or to study or plan
70 transit facilities;
71 (j) issue bonds as provided in and subject to Chapter 1, Part 11, Local District Bonds,
72 to carry out the purposes of the district;
73 (k) from bond proceeds or any other available funds, reimburse the state or an agency
74 of the state for an advance or contribution from the state or state agency;
75 (l) do anything necessary to avail itself of any aid, assistance, or cooperation available
76 under federal law, including complying with labor standards and making arrangements for
77 employees required by the United States or a department, instrumentality, or agency of the
78 United States;
79 (m) sell or lease property;
80 (n) except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), assist in or operate transit-oriented or
81 transit-supportive developments;
82 (o) establish, finance, participate as a limited partner or member in a development with
83 limited liabilities in accordance with Subsection (1)(p), construct, improve, maintain, or
84 operate transit facilities, equipment, and , in accordance with Subsection (3), transit-oriented
85 developments or transit-supportive developments; and
86 (p) subject to the [
87 Subsections (2) and (3), assist in a transit-oriented development or a transit-supportive
88 development in connection with economic development or community development as defined
89 in Section 17C-1-102 by:
90 (i) investing in a project as a limited partner or a member, with limited liabilities; or
91 (ii) subordinating an ownership interest in real property owned by the public transit
93 (2) (a) A public transit district may only assist in the development of areas under
94 Subsection (1)(p):
95 (i) in the manner described in Subsection (1)(p)(i) or (ii); and
96 (ii) on no more than eight transit-oriented developments or transit-supportive
97 developments selected by the board of trustees.
98 (b) A public transit district may not invest in a transit-oriented development or
99 transit-supportive development as a limited partner or other limited liability entity under the
100 provisions of Subsection (1)(p)(i), unless the partners, developer, or other investor in the entity,
101 makes an equity contribution equal to no less than 25% of the appraised value of the property
102 to be contributed by the public transit district.
103 (c) (i) For transit-oriented development projects, a public transit district shall adopt
104 transit-oriented development policies and guidelines that include provisions on affordable
106 (ii) For transit-supportive development projects, a public transit district shall work with
107 the metropolitan planning organization and city and county governments where the project is
108 located to collaboratively seek to create joint plans for the areas within one-half mile of transit
109 stations, including plans for affordable housing.
110 (d) A current board member of a public transit district to which the board member is
111 appointed may not have any interest in the transactions engaged in by the public transit district
112 pursuant to Subsection (1)(p)(i) or (ii), except as may be required by the board member's
113 fiduciary duty as a board member.
114 (3) For any transit-oriented development or transit-supportive development authorized
115 in this section, the public transit district shall:
116 (a) perform a cost-benefit analysis of the monetary investment and expenditures of the
117 development, including effect on:
118 (i) service and ridership;
119 (ii) regional plans made by the metropolitan planning agency;
120 (iii) the local economy;
121 (iv) the environment and air quality;
122 (v) affordable housing; and
123 (vi) integration with other modes of transportation; and
124 (b) provide evidence to the public of a quantifiable positive return on investment,
125 including improvements to public transit service.
127 local, or private funds.
129 Section 2. Section 17B-2a-826 is enacted to read:
130 17B-2a-826. Public transit district office of constituent services, citizens' advisory
131 board, and office of coordinated mobility.
132 (1) (a) The board of trustees of a public transit district serving a population over
133 200,000 people shall create and employ an office of constituent services.
134 (b) The duties of the office of constituent services described in Subsection (1)(a) shall
136 (i) establishing a central call number to hear and respond to complaints, requests,
137 comments, concerns, and other communications from customers and citizens within the
139 (ii) keeping a log of the complaints, comments, concerns and other communications
140 from customers and citizens within the district; and
141 (iii) reporting complaints, comments, concerns, and other communications to
142 management and to the citizens' advisory board created in Subsection (2).
143 (2) (a) A public transit district serving a population over 200,000 people shall create
144 and oversee a citizens' advisory board.
145 (b) (i) The board of trustees of the public transit district shall select up to 12 members
146 for the public transit district citizens' advisory board with at least one member from each of the
147 eight board appointing areas described in Subsection 17B-2a-807(2).
148 (ii) The board of trustees shall ensure that each member of the citizens' advisory board
149 regularly uses the public transit district services.
150 (c) The public transit district citizens' advisory board shall meet as needed or quarterly
151 in a meeting open to the public for comment, to discuss the service, operations, and any
152 concerns with the public transit district operations and functionality.
153 (d) The public transit district management shall meet at least quarterly with and consult
154 with the citizens' advisory board and take into consideration the input of the citizens' advisory
155 board in managing and operating the public transit district.
156 (3) (a) A public transit district serving a population over 200,000 people shall create
157 and employ an office of coordinated mobility.
158 (b) The duties of the office of coordinated mobility shall include:
159 (i) establishing a central call number to facilitate human services transportation;
160 (ii) coordinating all human services transportation needs within the public transit
162 (iii) receiving requests and other communications regarding human services
164 (iv) receiving requests and other communications regarding vans, buses, and other
165 vehicles available for use from the public transit district to maximize the utility of and
166 investment in those vehicles; and
167 (v) supporting local efforts in transportation and public transit funding.
168 Section 3. Section 63I-2-272 is amended to read:
169 63I-2-272. Repeal dates -- Title 72.
170 (1) On July 1, 2018:
171 (a) in Subsection 72-2-108(2), the language that states "and except as provided in
172 Subsection (10)" is repealed;
173 (b) in Subsection 72-2-108(4)(c)(ii)(A), the language that states ", excluding any
174 amounts appropriated as additional support for class B and class C roads under Subsection
175 (10)," is repealed; and
176 (c) Subsection 72-2-108(10) is repealed.
177 (2) Section 72-3-113 is repealed January 1, 2020.
178 (3) Section 72-14-101 is repealed on March 31, 2018.
179 Section 4. Section 72-14-101 is enacted to read:
180 72-14-101. Creation of the Transportation Governance and Funding Task Force.
181 (1) As used in this section:
182 (a) "Task force" means the Transportation Governance and Funding Task Force created
183 in Subsection (2).
184 (b) "Transportation" includes:
185 (i) state transportation systems as defined in Section 72-1-102;
186 (ii) public transit as defined in Section 17B-2a-802;
187 (iii) active transportation, including walking, cycling, and other modes of human
188 powered transportation; and
189 (iv) any other modes of transportation in this state.
190 (2) There is created the Transportation Governance and Funding Task Force consisting
191 of the following members:
192 (a) two members of the Senate appointed by the president of the Senate;
193 (b) two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker of the
194 House of Representatives;
195 (c) three members appointed by the governor, with at least one member representing
196 the private sector;
197 (d) one member designated by the Transportation Commission;
198 (e) one member designated by the board of trustees of any public transit district serving
199 a population over 200,000 people;
200 (f) one member designated by the Utah League of Cities and Towns;
201 (g) two members designated by the Utah Association of Counties, with one member
202 representing a rural county;
203 (h) one member who is the elected chair of the Mountainland Association of
204 Governments; and
205 (i) one member who is the elected chair of the Wasatch Front Regional Council.
206 (3) (a) The president of the Senate shall designate a member of the Senate appointed
207 under Subsection (2)(a) as a cochair of the task force.
208 (b) The speaker of the House of Representatives shall designate a member of the House
209 of Representatives appointed under Subsection (2)(b) as a cochair of the task force.
210 (4) (a) Salaries and expenses of the members of the task force who are legislators shall
211 be paid in accordance with Section 36-2-2 and Legislative Joint Rules, Title 5, Chapter 2,
212 Lodging, Meal, and Transportation Expenses, and Legislative Joint Rules, Title 5, Chapter 3,
213 Legislator Compensation.
214 (b) A member of the task force who is not a legislator may not receive compensation
215 for the member's work associated with the task force, but may receive per diem and
216 reimbursement for travel expenses incurred as a member of the task force at the rates
217 established by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107.
218 (5) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall provide staff support
219 to the task force.
220 (6) (a) A vacancy shall be filled by appointing a replacement member in the same
221 manner as the member creating the vacancy was appointed under Subsection (2).
222 (b) Each member of the task force shall serve until a successor is appointed and
224 (7) (a) A majority of the members of the task force constitutes a quorum.
225 (b) The action of a majority of a quorum constitutes the action of the task force.
226 (8) The task force shall review, evaluate, study, prepare a report, and make
227 recommendations on transportation and related topics, including:
228 (a) evaluation of statewide governance, configuration, and organization strategies to
229 coordinate management and oversight of all forms of transportation in this state;
230 (b) evaluation of and implementation of best practices in:
231 (i) functionality, funding, and operations of transportation in this state and other states;
232 (ii) governance, coordination, oversight, and operational structures of transportation in
233 this state and other states;
234 (iii) meeting funding needs, including consideration of current state and local
235 transportation funding sources, and future projections; and
236 (iv) evaluating the interrelationship of growth, land use, capital development, and
238 (c) evaluation of alternative transportation revenue mechanisms available or currently
239 in use in this state and around the country, including an evaluation of:
240 (i) existing sales and use tax funding; and
241 (ii) other funding sources, including taxes, fees, and user charges, as part of the
242 transportation funding balance;
243 (d) evaluation and study of best practices to meet multimodal mobility and safety needs
244 in this state that support economic growth and quality of life;
245 (e) impacts of transportation on economic development; and
246 (f) evaluation of best practices in prioritization of transportation projects.
247 (9) The task force may designate and assign subgroups within the task force to address,
248 study, evaluate, and discuss certain issues, including:
249 (a) improvement in governance and transparency of transportation agencies and
250 districts; and
251 (b) allocation of resources based on population, including consideration of previously
252 underserved areas.
253 (10) The task force shall report the task force's findings and recommendations to the
254 Transportation Interim Committee and the governor before December 1, 2017.