OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6540

AN ACT CONCERNING HIGHWAY SAFETY, STATE FACILITY TRAFFIC AUTHORITIES, MUNICIPAL BUILDING DEMOLITION, STATE TRAFFIC COMMISSION CERTIFICATES, BUS SERVICE, AT GRADE CROSSINGS, THE NAMING OF ROADS AND BRIDGES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF PERSONS AND ORGANIZATIONS, AND A TRAIN STATION IN NIANTIC.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Department of Transportation

TF - Cost

600,000 - 1,000,000

600,000 - 1,000,000

Department of Transportation

TF - One-time

28,000

None

Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Less than $100,000

Less than $100,000

Note: TF=Transportation Fund; GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

A section by section fiscal impact is presented below.

Section 1 has no fiscal impact because it codifies the statute to current practice.

Sections 2 through 8 allow various state agencies to install stop signs or other traffic related signs upon approval from the State Traffic Commission (STC) and will not result in additional cost to the commission.

Section 9 allows the Department of Transportation (DOT) to demolish buildings without required municipal permits and will result in project cost savings from efficiencies realized by speeding up the process. Currently DOT under local ordinances has to wait 180 days before a municipality grants the demolition permit.

Section 10 has no fiscal impact because it codifies the statute to current practice and federal regulations.

Section 11 has no fiscal impact as it clarifies length of an oversize vehicle being towed rather than the towing vehicle.

Section 12 of the bill subjects drivers who park on a limited access highway where a safety inspection site is operated in order to avoid the inspection to a fine of $250 to $500 for a first offense and $500 to $1,000 for each subsequent offense, and will result in a potential revenue gain to the General Fund of less than $25,000. The estimate assumes that the establishment of a fine for this offense will increase the likelihood that an estimated 50 offenders annually would be prosecuted and receive harsher penalties than under current law. 1

Section 13 of the bill subjects a person driving a vehicle under a forged oversize or overweight permit to a minimum fine of $25,000, and will result in potential revenue to the General Fund of less than $75,000. The estimate assumes that the establishment of a fine for this offense will increase the likelihood that an estimated 10 offenders annually would be prosecuted and receive harsher penalties than under current law. 2

Section 14 exempts developments of certain size and type from the review by the State Traffic Commission (STC) and is not anticipated to have a fiscal impact.

Section 15 eliminates the requirement that developments have received municipal approval before STC issues a certification could result in an increased number of applications and backlog. Costs associated with processing an application on the average are $12,600. The magnitude of the cost is indeterminate as it is unknowable how many applications for developments will be filed without prior municipal approval. There are approximately 100 applications annually that require local planning and zoning approval.

Section 16 results in an initial cost between $600,000 and $1,000,000 annually to DOT to provide a stand-alone fixed route service from the New Haven Railroad (NH RR) station to Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). The cost to provide service will depend on the final hours of operation.

Currently, DOT provides free shuttle service regularly scheduled (meets every train at the station) between New Haven Railroad (NH RR) station and the New Haven Green. From the New Haven Green, riders can transfer to the regular Route B bus service route to Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) which runs twice an hour throughout the day and evening.

Section 17 has no fiscal impact as it requires the DOT to attend a public hearing concerning the safety and condition of an at-grade railroad crossing when petitioned.

Sections 18 – 20 and 23 – 31 will result in a cost to DOT of approximately $18,000 in FY 12 to install signs that name various bridges and roads.

Sections 21 and 22 will result in a cost of $10,000 in FY 12 to DOT to install tourist informational signs for specific items of interest.

Section 32 requires the DOT to conduct a study of the feasibility of establishing a train station in Niantic and would not result in additional cost to the agency.

Section 33 has no fiscal impact because it conforms statute to current practice and regulations.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

1 In 2010, zero convictions were made for this offense, as it was not specified in statute.

2 In 2010, 11 fines were issued for forgery, totaling $10,200 in revenue collected.