H. R. 1571
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 17, 2009
Mrs. Tauscher (for herself and Mr. Rogers of Michigan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To amend title 49, United States Code, to permit certain revenues of private providers of public transportation by vanpool received from providing public transportation to be used for the purpose of acquiring rolling stock, and to permit certain expenditures of private vanpool contractors to be credited toward the local matching share of the costs of public transportation projects.
This Act may be cited as the
Private Investment in Commuter Vanpooling Act of
Government’s share of costs for public transportation projects
Section 5323(i) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Costs incurred by private providers of public transportation by vanpool
Local matching share
The local matching share provided by a recipient of assistance for a capital project under this chapter may include any amounts expended by a private provider of public transportation by vanpool for the acquisition of rolling stock to be used by such private provider in the recipient’s service area, excluding any amounts the provider may have received in Federal, State, or local government assistance for such acquisition.
Use of revenues
A private provider of public transportation by vanpool may use revenues it receives in the provision of public transportation service in the service area of a recipient of assistance under this chapter that are in excess of the private provider’s operating costs for the purpose of acquiring rolling stock, if the private provider enters into a legally binding agreement with the recipient that requires the private provider to use the rolling stock in the recipient’s service area.
In this paragraph, the following definitions apply:
Private provider of public transportation by vanpool
private provider of public
transportation by vanpool means a private entity providing vanpool
services in the service area of a recipient of assistance under this chapter
using a commuter highway vehicle or vanpool vehicle.
Commuter highway vehicle; vanpool vehicle
vanpool vehicle means any vehicle—
the seating capacity of which is at least 6 adults (not including the driver); and
at least 80 percent of the mileage use of which can be reasonably expected to be for the purposes of transporting commuters in connection with travel between their residences and their place of employment.