CHAPTER 242a
STATE TRANSPORTATION STRATEGY AND TRANSPORTATION
INVESTMENT AREAS

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Sec. 13b-57d. Definitions.
Sec. 13b-57e. Connecticut Transportation Strategy Board established. Membership.
Sec. 13b-57f. Transportation investment areas created.
Sec. 13b-57g. Transportation strategy. Development. Revisions. Report.
Sec. 13b-57h. Use of funds from Transportation Strategy Board projects account. Projects to be completed.
Secs. 13b-57j to 13b-57l. Analysis of effects of initial strategy; analysis to accompany recommended updates or revisions to TSB projects or to strategy. Commissioner of Transportation to submit annual report re non-TSB projects. Commissioner of Transportation to submit TSB projects, updates and revisions to metropolitan planning organizations.
Sec. 13b-57m. Purpose for funding transportation-related projects.
Sec. 13b-57q. Annual financing plan for TSB projects. Five-year financing plan.
Sec. 13b-57r. Transportation Strategy Board projects account. Moneys to be deposited into the account.

      Sec. 13b-57d. Definitions. (a) As used in subsection (e) of section 13b-11a, this section and sections 13b-57f, 13b-57h, 13b-212d and 14-270e:

      (1) "Department" means the Department of Transportation;

      (2) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Transportation;

      (3) "TIA corridor plan" means a twenty-year strategic plan for transportation in a corridor and any updates or other revisions to such plan;

      (4) "Transportation project" means any planning, capital or operating project with regard to transportation undertaken by the state;

      (5) "Local planning agency" means a metropolitan planning organization, as provided in 23 USC 134, a regional planning agency, as provided in section 8-31a, a regional council of elected officials, as defined in subdivision (2) of section 4-124i, or a council, as defined in subsection (f) of section 4-124c;

      (6) "TIA" means transportation investment area;

      (7) "Coastal corridor" and "coastal corridor TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Bethel, Bethlehem, Branford, Bridgeport, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Cheshire, Danbury, Darien, Derby, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Haven, New Milford, Newtown, North Branford, North Haven, Norwalk, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Sherman, Southbury, Stamford, Stratford, Thomaston, Trumbull, Wallingford, Waterbury, Watertown, West Haven, Weston, Westport, Wilton, Wolcott, Woodbridge and Woodbury;

      (8) "I-84 corridor" and "I-84 TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Andover, Ansonia, Avon, Barkhamsted, Beacon Falls, Berlin, Bethel, Bethlehem, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bridgewater, Bristol, Brookfield, Burlington, Canaan, Canton, Cheshire, Colebrook, Cornwall, Danbury, Derby, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Goshen, Granby, Hartford, Hartland, Harwinton, Hebron, Kent, Litchfield, Manchester, Marlborough, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Fairfield, New Hartford, New Milford, Newington, Newtown, Norfolk, North Canaan, Oxford, Plainville, Plymouth, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Roxbury, Salisbury, Seymour, Sharon, Shelton, Sherman, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southbury, Southington, Stafford, Suffield, Thomaston, Tolland, Torrington, Union, Vernon, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Winchester, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Wolcott and Woodbury;

      (9) "I-91 corridor" and "I-91 TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Andover, Avon, Berlin, Bethany, Bloomfield, Bolton, Branford, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Hartford, East Haven, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Essex, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Hartford, Hebron, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Manchester, Marlborough, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, Newington, North Branford, North Haven, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Orange, Plainville, Plymouth, Portland, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Suffield, Tolland, Vernon, Wallingford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westbrook, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Woodbridge;

      (10) "I-395 corridor" and "I-395 TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, East Lyme, Eastford, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Stafford, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Willington, Windham and Woodstock;

      (11) "Southeast corridor" and "Southeast corridor TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Bozrah, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Lyme, Essex, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Killingworth, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Voluntown, Waterford and Westbrook; and

      (12) "Modal" means a mode of transportation, and "multimodal" means two or more modes of transportation.

      (b) As used in this subsection and sections 13b-57h, 13b-212d and 14-270e:

      (1) "TSB project" means any planning, capital or operating project recommended by the Transportation Strategy Board prior to its repeal by public act 11-61*;

      (2) "Economic development plan" means a comprehensive plan describing (A) existing economic development projects, and (B) proposed economic development projects for which a letter of commitment has been issued by the Department of Economic and Community Development; and

      (3) "Economic development project" means any project, as defined in subsection (d) of section 32-23d, which is to be used or occupied by any person for (A) manufacturing, industrial, research, office or product warehousing or distribution purposes or hydroponic or aquaponic food production purposes and which the authority determines will tend to maintain or provide gainful employment, maintain or increase the tax base of the economy, or maintain, expand or diversify industry in the state, or (B) controlling, abating, preventing or disposing land, water, air or other environmental pollution, including without limitation thermal, radiation, sewage, wastewater, solid waste, toxic waste, noise or particulate pollution, except resources recovery facilities, as defined in section 22a-219a, used for the principal purpose of processing municipal solid waste and which are not expansions or additions to resources recovery facilities operating on July 1, 1990, or (C) the conservation of energy or the utilization of cogeneration technology or solar, wind, hydro, biomass or other renewable sources to produce energy for any industrial or commercial application, or (D) any other purpose which the authority determines will materially contribute to the economic base of the state by creating or retaining jobs, promoting the export of products or services beyond state boundaries, encouraging innovation in products or services, or otherwise contributing to, supporting or enhancing existing activities that are important to the economic base of the state.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-5, S. 1, 18; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4, S. 1, 2; P.A. 04-143, S. 12; P.A. 06-136, S. 29; P.A. 11-61, S. 22.)

      *Note: Public act 11-61 is entitled "An Act Implementing the Revenue Items In the Budget and Making Budget Adjustments, Deficiency Appropriations, Certain Revisions to Bills of the Current Session and Miscellaneous Changes to the General Statutes". (See Reference Table captioned "Public Acts of 2011" following the Index which lists the sections amended, created or repealed by the act.)


      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-5 effective July 2, 2001; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4 redefined "strategy" and defined "TSB project", "economic development plan" and "economic development project", effective August 20, 2003; (Revisor's note: Section 2 of public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session, effective August 20, 2003, was added editorially by the Revisors as Subsec. (b) and the existing provisions were designated as Subsec. (a)); P.A. 04-143 made a technical change in Subsec. (a)(4), effective May 21, 2004; P.A. 06-136 amended Subsec. (a)(4) by updating reference to report submitted pursuant to Sec. 13b-57g to conform to legislative changes, effective July 1, 2006 (Revisor's note: In 2009, a reference to "subsection (b) of section 4-124i" in Subsec. (a)(7) was changed editorially by the Revisors to "subdivision (2) of section 4-124i" to conform section with Sec. 4-124i, as amended by P.A. 08-182); P.A. 11-61 amended Subsec. (a) to delete former Subdiv. (1) re definition of "board", redesignate existing Subdivs. (2) and (3) as Subdivs. (1) and (2), delete former Subdiv. (4) re definition of "strategy", redesignate existing Subdivs. (5) to (14) as Subdivs. (3) to (12), and redefine "transportation project" in Subdiv. (4), and amended Subsec. (b)(1) to redefine "TSB project", effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 13b-57e. Connecticut Transportation Strategy Board established. Membership. Section 13b-57e is repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-5, S. 2, 18; P.A. 03-115, S. 56; P.A. 06-136, S. 13; P.A. 11-61, S. 188.)

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      Sec. 13b-57f. Transportation investment areas created. (a) There are created the following transportation investment areas: The coastal corridor TIA, I-84 corridor TIA, I-91 corridor TIA, I-395 corridor TIA and the southeast corridor TIA.

      (b) The local planning agencies in each TIA shall select the participants in the TIA, including, but not limited to, businesses, labor unions, trade associations, environmental interest groups and other interest groups whose participation the local planning agency believes would be valuable to the TIA in the development of a transportation plan for the TIA.

      (c) The local planning agencies in each TIA shall determine the processes used by such TIA in carrying out its responsibilities under section 13b-57d and this section. For the purposes of carrying out such responsibilities, each TIA shall report to the chief executive officers of such local planning agencies.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-5, S. 3, 18; P.A. 11-61, S. 10.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-5 effective July 2, 2001; (Revisor's note: In 2007, the words "section 2 of subsection (a) of" in the phrase "subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 2 of subsection (a) of section 13b-57e" were deleted editorially by the Revisors to correct a clerical error in Subsec. (e)); P.A. 11-61 deleted reference to board and made technical changes in Subsec. (c), deleted former Subsec. (d) re initial TIA corridor plan and deleted former Subsec. (e) re organizational meeting, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 13b-57g. Transportation strategy. Development. Revisions. Report. Section 13b-57g is repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-5, S. 4, 18; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4, S. 9; P.A. 06-136, S. 14; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-7, S. 97; P.A. 10-32, S. 44; P.A. 11-61, S. 188.)

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      Sec. 13b-57h. Use of funds from Transportation Strategy Board projects account. Projects to be completed. (a) No funds from the Transportation Strategy Board projects account, established under section 13b-57r, shall be authorized for any transportation project except those specified in subsection (b) of this section, provided nothing in this subsection shall preclude any TSB project from being funded, in whole or in part, by other state or federal funds. Funds authorized for any TSB project shall be used only for said project. TSB projects shall be funded from the Transportation Strategy Board projects account only to the extent such funding is not provided from other funds in the Special Transportation Fund or the Infrastructure Improvement Fund created by the senior indenture for special tax obligation bonds.

      (b) The following TSB projects shall be completed:

      (1) In the Coastal Corridor TIA, as defined in section 13b-57d:

      (A) Acquire rolling rail stock sufficient to add no fewer than two thousand seats for the Metro North-New Haven Line for use in both interstate and intrastate service. All payments received by the state pursuant to any agreement entered into in accordance with subsection (h) of section 13b-34 involving rolling rail stock used on the Metro North-New Haven Line shall be used exclusively for refurbishing rolling rail stock on and other capital improvements to the Metro North-New Haven Line;

      (B) Construct or expand stations at Bridgeport, New Haven and Stamford that can accommodate rail service and one or more other modes of transportation and have:

      (i) Facilities for one thousand or more parking spaces;

      (ii) Connections to bus and other transit systems;

      (iii) Opportunity for community revitalization;

      (iv) Opportunity for transit oriented development;

      (v) Ease of auto, bus, bicycle and pedestrian access to the station facility;

      (vi) Potential to attract sufficient riders to support additional express trains;

      (vii) Operation under control of the state; and

      (viii) Feeder bus services for passenger rail service;

      (C) Facilitate use of the Long Island Sound Waterway for passenger and freight movement, including, but not limited to, bulkheading and dredging, upon removal of prohibitions imposed by federal law, expanding passenger facilities, including facilities at the Bridgeport Intermodal Facility, to support high speed ferry service; and

      (2) In the I-84 Corridor TIA, as defined in section 13b-57d:

      (A) Establish express bus services from New Haven to Bradley International Airport;

      (B) Complete the New Britain to Hartford busway and establish other bus rapid transit or light rail service in Hartford and surrounding towns; and

      (C) Expand rail passenger service on the Norwalk to Danbury-New Milford Branch Line to assist commuter movement on Route 7 and I-95; and

      (3) In the I-91 Corridor TIA, as defined in section 13b-57d:

      (A) Upgrade or construct maintenance facilities and parking facilities and upgrade feeder bus services for passenger rail service, particularly along the Metro North-New Haven Line; and

      (B) Establish bus service or commuter rail service, as determined in the Hartford-Springfield-New Haven Implementation Study conducted by the department, that runs through New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, with a connection to Bradley International Airport; and

      (4) In the I-395 Corridor TIA, as defined in section 13b-57d:

      (A) Establish rail freight service with connections to the port of New London;

      (B) Expand the frequency of bus service, number of runs and connections within and outside of the region, particularly in and to Norwich and New London and acquire buses sufficient to add no fewer than two hundred seats; and

      (C) Design and plan for traffic mitigation in southeastern Connecticut, including planning for the extension of Route 11 from its terminus in Salem to the I-95 and I-395 intersect, with appropriate greenway purchases made in accordance with section 13a-142e; and

      (5) In the Southeast Corridor TIA, as defined in section 13b-57d:

      (A) Acquire rolling rail stock for the Shoreline East Railroad Line sufficient to add no fewer than one thousand seats;

      (B) Make operational improvements to highways that improve the flow of traffic on I-95 and I-395; and

      (6) State-wide:

      (A) Improve and target marketing by the department of the Deduct-a-Ride program to all eligible employers; and

      (B) Continue funding the Jobs Access Program.

      (c) Repealed by P.A. 06-136, S. 35.

      (June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4, S. 3; P.A. 04-143, S. 13, 28; 04-149, S. 1; P.A. 06-136, S. 35; P.A. 11-61, S. 11, 12.)

      History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4 effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-143 made technical changes in Subsec. (b), effective May 21, 2004; P.A. 04-143 and P.A. 04-149 both amended Subsec. (a) to require funding for TSB projects from Transportation Strategy Board funds only if not otherwise funded from Special Transportation Fund or Infrastructure Improvement Fund, effective May 21, 2004; P.A. 06-136 repealed Subsec. (c) re submission of economic development plans for TSB projects requiring expenditures of more than $1,000,000, effective July 1, 2006; P.A. 11-61 amended Subsec. (a) by removing reference to General Assembly approval and making technical changes and amended Subsec. (b)(1)(A) by removing "as deemed appropriate by the board", effective July 1, 2011.

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      Secs. 13b-57j to 13b-57l. Analysis of effects of initial strategy; analysis to accompany recommended updates or revisions to TSB projects or to strategy. Commissioner of Transportation to submit annual report re non-TSB projects. Commissioner of Transportation to submit TSB projects, updates and revisions to metropolitan planning organizations. Sections 13b-57j to 13b-57l, inclusive, are repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4, S. 5, 7, 11; P.A. 06-136, S. 30, 31, 35; P.A. 11-61, S. 188.)

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      Sec. 13b-57m. Purpose for funding transportation-related projects. The purpose of sections 13b-57m to 13b-57q, inclusive, and subdivision (16) of subsection (b) of section 13b-61 is to promote the welfare and prosperity of the people of this state by enabling the state to implement and fund certain transportation related projects, purposes and strategies in order to: (1) Improve personal mobility within and through this state; (2) improve the movement of goods and freight within and through this state; (3) integrate transportation with economic, land use, environmental and quality of life issues; (4) develop policies and procedures that will integrate the state economy with regional, national and global economies; and (5) identify policies and sources that provide an adequate and reliable flow of funding necessary for a quality multimodal transportation system.

      (June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4, S. 13; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-4, S. 50; P.A. 11-61, S. 13.)

      History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4 effective August 20, 2003; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-4 made technical changes, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 11-61 removed reference to Transportation Strategy Board, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 13b-57q. Annual financing plan for TSB projects. Five-year financing plan. (a) On or before August first of each year, the Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer, shall prepare a financing plan for the annual funding and financing of the projects and purposes described in section 13b-57h. Such annual financing plan shall be based upon the funding available or anticipated to be available in the Transportation Strategy Board projects account, as well as the use of any federal revenue, grants or other transportation-related financial assistance which may be available in such fiscal year. The annual financing plan shall include funding mandated by sections 13b-57s and 13b-57t. Upon the approval of such annual financing plan by the Governor, funding identified in the annual financing plan shall be paid within the fiscal year of such annual financing plan into the Transportation Strategy Board projects account, established under section 13b-57r, of the Special Transportation Fund and shall be available to fund those projects and purposes identified in such annual financing plan.

      (b) In addition to the preparation of the annual financing plans, the Department of Transportation shall prepare a five-year financing plan that shall project for a period of five years the funds to be credited to the Transportation Strategy Board projects account, established under section 13b-57r, of the Special Transportation Fund, the anticipated use of cash funding, including funding mandated by sections 13b-57s and 13b-57t, and federal revenue, grants or other transportation-related financial assistance to fund or finance the projects and purposes described in section 13b-57h. Such five-year financing plan shall be updated on or before August first of each year at the same time as the preparation of the annual financing plan and shall be provided by the Commissioner of Transportation to the State Treasurer, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation and finance, revenue and bonding.

      (June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4, S. 17; P.A. 04-149, S. 2; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-4, S. 42; P.A. 11-61, S. 14.)

      History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4 effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-149 amended Subsec. (a) to provide for preparation of financing plan on or before December 1, 2003, to provide for deposit of incremental revenues into the TSB projects account, to provide for the deposit of bond proceeds into a subaccount of the Infrastructure Improvement Fund and to make technical changes, effective May 21, 2004; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-4 amended Subsec. (a) to delete provisions re funding from incremental revenues or special tax obligation bond proceeds and provide that the annual financing plan includes certain mandated funding, and amended Subsec. (b) to remove reference to incremental revenues and provide that the five-year financing plan includes certain mandated funding, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 11-61 removed references to Transportation Strategy Board, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 13b-57r. Transportation Strategy Board projects account. Moneys to be deposited into the account. (a) There shall be a Transportation Strategy Board projects account, which shall be a nonlapsing account within the Special Transportation Fund.

      (b) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, five million dollars of the moneys received or collected by the state or any officer thereof on account of, or derived from, the incremental revenues received pursuant to section 14-50a shall be deposited into the account established under subsection (a) of this section and shall be used to provide funding for the projects and purposes described in section 13b-57h.

      (c) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, the Treasurer shall transfer the sum of twenty-five million three hundred thousand dollars from the resources of the Special Transportation Fund into the account established under subsection (a) of this section and such funds shall be used to provide funding for the projects and purposes of the Transportation Strategy Board. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, the Treasurer shall transfer the sum of twenty million three hundred thousand dollars from the resources of the Special Transportation Fund into the account established under subsection (a) of this section and such funds shall be used to provide funding for the projects and purposes described in section 13b-57h. For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, to June 30, 2011, inclusive, the Treasurer shall annually transfer the sum of fifteen million three hundred thousand dollars from the resources of the Special Transportation Fund into the account established under subsection (a) of this section and such funds shall be used to provide funding for the projects and purposes described in section 13b-57h. For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2012, to June 30, 2015, inclusive, the Treasurer shall annually transfer the sum of fifteen million dollars from the resources of the Special Transportation Fund into the account established under subsection (a) of this section and such funds shall be used to fund the projects and purposes described in section 13b-57h.

      (June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-1, S. 113; P.A. 04-177, S. 9; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-4, S. 43; P.A. 11-6, S. 135.)

      History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-1 effective August 16, 2003; P.A. 04-177 amended Subsec. (c) to change date on which one-half of incremental revenues begin to be deposited into Transportation Strategy Board projects account from July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2004, effective June 1, 2004; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-4 amended Subsec. (c) to replace former provisions re incremental revenues with provisions re transferring money from the Special Transportation Fund in the amounts of $25,300,000 for fiscal year 2006, $20,300,000 in fiscal year 2007, $15,300,000 for fiscal years 2008 to 2015, and $300,000 in fiscal year 2016 and thereafter, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 11-6 amended Subsecs. (b) and (c) to replace references to Transportation Strategy Board with references to Sec. 13b-57h, and amended Subsec. (c) to end $15,300,000 transfer as of June 30, 2011, rather than June 30, 2015, and to add provision transferring $15,000,000 for fiscal years 2012 to 2015, effective July 1, 2011.

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