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. Transportation Dept. 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.
The department may not award a grant under this section to a public entity unless the governing body of the city, town, village or county has adopted a resolution supporting the proposed project.
History: 1999 a. 9
; 2015 a. 197
Rail passenger service assistance and promotion. 85.06(1)(1)
In this section:
“Amtrak" means the national railroad passenger corporation.
The department shall administer a rail passenger service assistance and promotion program and may do any of the following:
Conduct financial and technical planning for rail passenger service in this state and evaluate existing rail passenger service.
Contract with Amtrak, railroads or other persons to provide rail passenger service or support services, equipment, station improvements, passenger platforms, equipment maintenance shops, parking areas or other support facilities for rail passenger service. The contract may provide for the sale or lease of any equipment or facilities acquired by the department under par. (g)
. Notwithstanding s. 16.75 (1)
, the department may contract under this paragraph without competitive bidding or competitive sealed proposals.
Consult with other states and with local governmental units regarding service levels for additional rail passenger service in this state.
Monitor the quality of rail passenger service in this state.
Conduct or contract for marketing studies and promotional activities to increase rail passenger service ridership in this state, to identify potential riders and to educate the public about the availability and advantages of rail passenger service.
Apply for and accept federal funds for rail passenger service.
Acquire equipment or facilities for the purpose of providing rail passenger service or support services for rail passenger service.
Enter into agreements with other states to assist or promote rail passenger service.
Rail passenger route development. 85.061(1)
In this section, “Amtrak" means the national railroad passenger corporation.
(2) Legislative findings.
The legislature finds that private capital and local governmental financial and technical resources are unable to fully meet the transportation needs of all citizens. It is determined that the program authorized under this section, including the improvement of the property or facilities of a railroad, whether publicly or privately owned, is a legitimate governmental function serving proper public purposes.
The department shall administer a rail passenger route development program. From the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (up)
, the department may fund any of the following:
Capital costs related to Amtrak service extension routes or other rail service routes between the cities of Milwaukee and Madison, between the cities of Milwaukee and Green Bay, between the cities of Milwaukee and Chicago, between the cities of Madison and Eau Claire, and between the cities of Madison and La Crosse. Any route between the cities of Milwaukee and Green Bay funded under the program shall provide service to population centers along the route in a manner that makes the route most economically feasible.
Railroad track or rail passenger station improvements related to an Amtrak service extension route between the city of Milwaukee and Waukesha County, or the establishment of commuter rail service between these jurisdictions.
Rail passenger station improvements related to an existing rail passenger service.
The department may not use any proceeds from the bond issue authorized under s. 20.866 (2) (up)
unless the joint committee on finance approves the use of the proceeds and, with respect to a route under par. (a) 1.
, the department submits evidence to the joint committee on finance that Amtrak or the applicable railroad has agreed to provide rail passenger service on that route. The department may contract with Amtrak, railroads or other persons to perform the activities under the program.
Major transit capital improvement projects. 85.062(1)(1)
In this section, “major transit capital improvement project" means a project that has a total cost of more than $5,000,000 and which involves any of the following:
Construction of a separate roadway designated for use by buses or other high-occupancy modes of travel.
Initial construction or expansion of a light rail transit system.
Initial construction or expansion of a commuter rail transit system. In this paragraph, “commuter rail" has the meaning given in s. 85.064 (1) (a)
No major transit capital improvement project may be constructed using any state transportation revenues unless the major transit capital improvement project is specifically enumerated in a list under sub. (3)
. Notwithstanding s. 84.013 (4)
, a major transit capital improvement project that is enumerated under sub. (3)
may be constructed without being included in the list of major highway projects under s. 84.013 (3)
The department may proceed with construction of the following major transit capital improvement projects:
Any project resulting from the Milwaukee Downtown Transit Connector Study of the Wisconsin Center District.
Commuter rail transit system development. 85.064(1)(a)
“Commuter rail" means rail passenger service, operating primarily on a dedicated right-of-way on existing railroad tracks used for rail freight service or intercity rail passenger service between and within metropolitan and suburban areas, connecting these areas with large business or urban centers in this state or another. Commuter rail usually operates during peak travel times with limited stops and in conjunction with other transit modes as part of a regional transit system.
“Political subdivision" means any city, village, town, county, or transit commission organized under s. 59.58 (2)
or recognized under s. 66.0301
within this state.
The department shall administer a commuter rail transit system development grant program. From the appropriations under s. 20.395 (2) (ct)
, the department may award grants to political subdivisions for the development or extension of commuter rail transit systems in this state.
Upon completion of a planning study to the satisfaction of the department, any political subdivision may apply to the department for a grant for the purpose specified in par. (a)
. No grant may be awarded under this section for a project unless the project meets the eligibility criteria established by the department under sub. (3)
The amount of a grant awarded under this section shall be limited to an amount equal to 50 percent of the portion of the project cost in excess of the federal aid funding for the project or 25 percent of the total project cost, whichever is less.
The department shall prescribe the form, nature, and extent of information that shall be contained in applications for grants under this section and shall establish criteria for evaluating applications and determining eligibility for the award of grants under this section.
Urban rail line relocations. 85.065(1)(a)(a)
Any county, city, village, town or combination thereof may apply to the department for a study of the cost and benefits of the location and form of railroad lines, associated facilities, and railroad operations within an urban area. Upon receiving such application, the department may undertake or contract for a study to determine the extent to which the existing location of such lines, facilities and operations serves the public interests in:
Reliable, economical and expeditious commercial transportation;
Safe and orderly movement of pedestrian and vehicular traffic;
Coordinated and environmentally sound planning for development or preservation of the area; and
The study shall be performed in consultation with the applicant and other interested parties and shall result in a report describing alternatives to the existing location and form of such railroad lines, facilities and operations which assesses each alternative in light of those criteria.
History: 1977 c. 29
Transit safety oversight program. 85.066(1)
In this section, “rail fixed guideway transportation system" means a public transportation system being designed, engineered, constructed, or operated that is intended to operate upon a fixed guideway, including a railway, and that is not subject to regulation by the federal railroad administration.
(2) Program and funding.
The department shall develop and administer a transit safety oversight program. Under the program, the department may oversee, enforce, investigate, and audit all safety aspects of rail fixed guideway transportation systems.