IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 6, 2019
Mr. Wicker (for himself, Mr. Cassidy, and Ms. Duckworth) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To improve transit-oriented development financing, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
TOD Advancement Act of 2019.
Extension of transit-oriented development loan and loan guarantee authority
Section 502(b)(3) of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 (45 U.S.C. 822(b)(3)) is amended by striking
only during the 4-year period beginning on December 4, 2015 and inserting
until December 4, 2021..
Section 502(b)(1)(E) of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 (45 U.S.C. 822(b)(1)(E)) is amended to read as follows:
finance economic development, including commercial and residential development, and related infrastructure and activities, that—
incorporates private investment of greater than 20 percent of total project costs;
is physically connected to, or is within ½ mile walking distance from, a passenger rail station or multimodal station that includes rail service;
has a certification from the applicant that the contracting process for construction will commence not later than 90 days after the date on which the direct loan or loan guarantee is obligated for the project under this subchapter; and
demonstrates the ability to generate new financial assistance for the relevant passenger rail station or service by increasing ridership, tenant lease payments, or other activities that generate revenues in excess of costs.
Quarterly report on transit-oriented development eligibility
Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, and every 90 days thereafter, the Secretary of Transportation shall submit a report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives that identifies—
the number of applications submitted to the Department of Transportation for a direct loan or loan guarantee under section 502(b)(1)(E) of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976, as amended by section 3;
the number of such loans or loan guarantees that were provided to applicants; and
for each such application, the reasons for providing or declining to provide the requested loan or loan guarantee.