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Senate Bill 0105

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF SB 105 (Updated April 29, 2007 8:55 pm - DI 44)

Transportation. Requires the Indiana department of transportation (INDOT) to conduct a feasibility study regarding implementation of a commuter rail system with service from Muncie to Indianapolis. Authorizes INDOT to apply for any federal grants available for conducting the study. Establishes the joint study committee on mass transit and transportation alternatives (committee). Provides that the committee consists of the members of: (1) the senate standing committee on homeland security, transportation, and veterans affairs; and (2) the house of representatives standing committee on roads and transportation. Provides that the committee shall operate under the policies governing study committees adopted by the legislative council. Provides that INDOT shall commission six studies on mass transit in Indiana by region by December 1, 2007, and that the studies must be completed by January 1, 2009. Adds passenger and freight railroad systems to the definition of "project" for purposes of public-private agreements by INDOT. Provides that "project", for purposes of public-private agreements by INDOT, does not include a passenger railroad system that is operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District. Specifies that INDOT may enter into a public-private agreement for a project consisting of a passenger or freight railroad system, subject to review and appropriation by the general assembly. Specifies that INDOT is not prohibited from conducting preliminary studies or issuing a request for qualifications or a request for proposals for such a project. Provides that passenger and freight railroad systems projects may not receive funds from the major moves construction fund. Establishes the alternative transportation construction fund for funding passenger and freight railroad system projects under public-private agreements by INDOT. Requires INDOT to submit an annual report to the legislative council on efforts concerning the development, financing, or operation of freight railroad systems through public- private agreements. Creates a legislative review committee for proposals concerning the Illiana Expressway and requires INDOT to perform an independent study concerning the Illiana Expressway.
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