Compliance with federal Help America Vote Act.
Transportation fund balance and appropriation reductions.
Surveying reference station system.
In this chapter:
“Department" means the department of transportation.
“Division of hearings and appeals" means the division of hearings and appeals in the department of administration.
“Rail property" means all fixed property, real or personal, used in operating a railroad.
“Rail property improvements" means rails, ties, switches, spurs, buildings, signals, trestles, bridges and other property, exclusive of land, that may be used in operating a railroad.
“Railroad" means a railroad as defined in s. 195.02 (1)
and any company, association, corporation or person managing, maintaining, operating or in possession of a railroad in whole or in part within this state whether as owner, contractor, lessee, mortgagee, trustee, assignee or receiver.
“Railway" means a corporation described in s. 193.01
, 1983 stats.
“Secretary" means the secretary of transportation.
Except as provided in sub. (2)
, any hearing under s. 227.42
granted by the department may be conducted before the division of hearings and appeals which shall decide the matter.
The secretary shall designate employees of the department as hearing examiners to preside over all hearings arising under ch. 344
Any hearing under s. 227.42
shall be held before the tax appeals commission under s. 73.01
if the hearing concerns an additional assessment, refund or denial of refund under any of the following:
History: 1993 a. 16
; 1999 a. 145
Transportation assistance contracts.
All contracts entered into under this chapter to provide financial assistance in the areas of railroads, urban mass transit, specialized transportation, and harbors are subject to ss. 16.528
, and 16.753
but are exempt from ss. 16.70
, and 16.875
Planning, promotion and protection. 85.02(1)(1)
The department may direct, undertake and expend state and federal aid for planning, promotion and protection activities in the areas of highways, motor vehicles, traffic law enforcement, aeronautics and astronautics, railroads, waterways, specialized transportation services, mass transit systems and for any other transportation mode. All state, regional and municipal agencies and commissions created under authority of law shall to the extent practicable, when dealing with transportation, follow the recommendations made by the secretary.
The department shall implement the policy specified in s. 1.12 (6)
in making all decisions, orders, and rules affecting the siting of new electric transmission facilities.
Expenditures for aesthetic elements. 85.0205(1)(1)
Except as provided in subs. (2)
, the department may not expend more than 1.5 percent of the project costs of any highway improvement project on elements that the department determines are primarily related to the aesthetic preferences of communities adjacent to the project, generally known as community sensitive solutions.
The department may not expend state moneys on elements of a highway improvement project that the department determines are primarily related to the aesthetic preferences of communities adjacent to the project, generally known as community sensitive solutions.
does not apply if any of the following apply:
The elements are included in a federal record of decision or similar federal project approval issued prior to July 2, 2013.
The inclusion of the elements is required to receive approval for the use of federal funds on the project.
The department may expend more than the amount permitted under sub. (1)
if the expenditures in excess of the amount permitted are reimbursed by another party.
History: 2013 a. 20
; 2015 a. 55
Transportation alternatives program. 85.021(2)(a)
The department may administer a program to award grants of assistance to any eligible entity for transportation alternatives activities consistent with federal regulations promulgated under 23 USC 213
. The grants shall be awarded from the appropriations under s. 20.395 (2) (js)
, and (jx)
Any project for which a grant is awarded under par. (a)
shall be commenced within 4 years from the date that the grant is awarded. For purposes of this paragraph, a planning project is commenced when a planning study is begun and an infrastructure project is commenced when construction is begun.
History: 2013 a. 20
Multimodal transportation studies. 85.022(1)(1)
The department shall administer a program to study multimodal transportation. The department may make grants or pay contract costs from the appropriations under s. 20.395 (2) (hq)
for multimodal transportation studies and preliminary engineering of public transportation projects. The department may provide grants or contract with any person under this section to study interurban and intraurban area multimodal transportation, including an analysis of the potential impact of a transportation facility on local and statewide economic development. A study may consider any of the following:
Existing railroad and other transportation right-of-way and potential right-of-way availability.
The capacity of alternative transit facilities.
The creation of a regional operating authority.
Analysis of alternative means of financing, including public and private cost-sharing.
Coordination of rail passenger services with existing publicly operated mass transit systems.
Technologies, costs, benefits and projected ridership of conventional rail passenger service, or of high-speed rail service.
The department shall study high-speed rail service in the southern transportation corridor between this state and the state of Minnesota.
Except as provided in subd. 2.
, funds may be expended under par. (a)
only to match funds, at the ratio of 1 to 1, from the state of Minnesota for the study.
No funds may be expended under par. (a)
unless the federal government contributes funds for a study under par. (a)
in an amount equal to the total amount of funds from this state and the state of Minnesota for the study.
A recipient of funding under this section shall make the results of its study available to any interested city, village, town or county.
Planning for bicycle facilities.
The department shall assist any regional or municipal agency or commission in the planning, promotion and development of bikeways as defined in s. 84.60 (1) (a)
. The department shall draft model local zoning ordinances for the planning, promotion and development of bikeways and bicycle racks.
History: 1979 c. 221
Highway and bridge projects.
The department shall adopt by rule criteria for selecting and evaluating all highway and bridge projects which are constructed from the appropriations under s. 20.395 (3) (bq)
History: 1979 c. 221
; 1991 a. 39
See also ch. Trans 209
, Wis. adm. code.
Milwaukee east-west transportation corridor.
Upon implementation of a funding source to provide local funds for a Milwaukee east-west transportation corridor project, local units of government that will be affected by such a project shall reimburse the transportation fund for 50 percent of the nonfederal share of preliminary engineering costs relating to a Milwaukee east-west transportation corridor project.
History: 1993 a. 437
; 1999 a. 85
Federal reduction or termination of aid.
All appropriations made to the department under s. 20.395
are subject to the specific provision that if federal government funding of any portion of a program under s. 20.395
is reduced or terminated, the secretary may terminate or reduce state participation in the program in such proportion as the secretary considers appropriate.
History: 1971 c. 125
; Stats. 1971 s. 85.02; 1973 c. 90
, 560 (4)
; Stats. 1973 s. 85.03; 1991 a. 316
Reduction of department appropriations.
Subject to s. 85.62
, where the secretary deems that economic conditions warrant, the secretary, in conjunction with submission of estimates under s. 16.50
, may recommend to the secretary of administration that authorized department appropriations be reduced to reflect revenue deficiencies.
Acquisition of replacement lands.
If federal law prohibits the acquisition of lands determined by the secretary to be necessary for transportation purposes unless replacement lands are provided, the department may acquire by gift, devise, purchase or condemnation any lands or interests in lands necessary to satisfy the replacement requirement.
History: 1977 c. 418
This section applies only when federal law requires acquisition of replacement lands. When acquiring replacement lands is one option for gaining federal approval, this section does not apply. Mitton v. DOT, 179 Wis. 2d 321
, 507 N.W.2d 126
(Ct. App. 1993).
Evaluation of proposed major highway projects.
The department by rule shall establish a procedure for numerically evaluating projects considered for enumeration under s. 84.013 (3)
as a major highway project. The evaluation procedure may include any criteria that the department considers relevant. The rules shall establish a minimum score that a project shall meet or exceed when evaluated under the procedure established under this section before the department may recommend the project to the transportation projects commission for consideration under s. 13.489 (4)
. This section does not apply to major highway projects identified in s. 84.013 (3) (ad)
See also ch. Trans 210
, Wis. adm. code.
Change management system for major highway projects.
The department shall develop and implement a change management system for providing fiscal and management oversight for all major highway projects funded from any appropriation specified in s. 84.013 (2) (a)
History: 2003 a. 217
Passenger railroad station improvements. 85.055(1)(1)
In this section, “local governmental unit" means a city, village, town or county or an agency or subdivision of a city, village, town or county.
The department shall administer a passenger railroad station improvement grant program. From the appropriation under s. 20.395 (2) (ct)
, the department shall award grants to local governmental units or private entities for the construction or rehabilitation of passenger railroad stations along existing or proposed rail passenger routes. The amount of a grant awarded under this section shall be limited to an amount equal to 33 percent of the cost of the project or $60,000, whichever is less.