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House Bill 1659


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House Bill 1659

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF HB1659 (Updated April 3, 2007 5:04 pm - DI 84)

Mass transit and transportation alternatives. 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 transportation. Provides that the committee shall operate under the policies governing study committees adopted by the legislative council. Adds passenger and freight railroad systems to the definition of "project" for purposes of public-private agreements by the department of transportation (INDOT). Provides that INDOT may issue a request for proposals and enter into a public-private agreement for a railroad project without legislative approval. 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. 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 the INDOT. Requires INDOT to submit an annual report to legislative council on efforts concerning the development, financing, or operation of freight railroad systems through public-private agreements. Provides that the Indiana department of transportation shall commission six studies on mass transit in Indiana by region. Provides that the department of transportation shall commission the studies by December 1, 2007. Provides that studies must be completed by July 1, 2008.
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 In Conference Committee
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