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Register October 2020 No. 778
Chapter Trans 4
URBAN MASS TRANSIT OPERATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Trans 4.01   Purpose and scope.
Trans 4.02   Definitions.
Trans 4.03   Appropriateness of urban areas.
Trans 4.04   Project costs.
Trans 4.05   State share of eligible project costs.
Trans 4.06   Distribution of state aids.
Trans 4.07   Application for state aids.
Trans 4.08   State aid grant agreements.
Trans 4.09   Planning requirements.
Trans 4.10   Management performance audits.
Trans 4.01 Trans 4.01 Purpose and scope. The purposes of this chapter are to establish the department of transportation's administrative interpretation of s. 85.20, Stats., and to prescribe administrative policies and procedures for implementing the urban mass transit operating assistance program.
Trans 4.01 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1978, No. 275, eff. 12-1-78; am. Register, May, 1982, No. 317, eff. 6-1-82.
Trans 4.02 Trans 4.02 Definitions. In this chapter:
Trans 4.02(1) (1) “ Capital equipment” means non-expendable personal property for use in the provision of public transit service having all of the following:
Trans 4.02(1)(a) (a) An anticipated useful life of one year or more.
Trans 4.02(1)(b) (b) An acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit.
Trans 4.02(1d) (1d)“Department" means the Wisconsin department of transportation.
Trans 4.02(1m) (1m)“Eligible applicant" means a local public body in an urban area which is served by an urban mass transit system incurring an operating deficit.
Trans 4.02(1o) (1o) “ Eligible project cost” means an expense that an eligible applicant incurs in the operation of an urban mass transit system for which it is eligible to receive operating assistance authorized under s. 85.20, Stats.
Trans 4.02(1p) (1p) “ Job access and reverse commute project” means a transportation project to finance planning, capital, or operating costs that support the development and maintenance of transportation services designed to transport welfare recipients and low-income individuals to and from jobs and employment-related activities, including transportation projects that facilitate the provision of public transportation services from rural and urbanized areas to suburban employment locations.
Trans 4.02(1t) (1t)“Joint-use facility” means a facility that is shared by a mass transit system and at least one other business.
Trans 4.02(2) (2)“Local public body” means one of the following:
Trans 4.02(2)(a) (a) A county or a municipality, as defined in s. 59.001 (3), Stats., or an agency thereof;
Trans 4.02(2)(b) (b) A transit or transportation commission or authority, or a public corporation established by law or by interstate compact to provide mass transportation services and facilities;
Trans 4.02(2)(c) (c) Two or more of any such bodies acting jointly under s. 66.0301, Stats.
Trans 4.02(2m) (2m) “ Low-income individual” means an individual whose family income is at or below 150 percent of the poverty line, as that term is defined in Section 673 (2) of the Community Services Block Grant Act, 42 USC 9902 (2), including any revision required by that section.
Trans 4.02(3) (3)“Mass transit system” has the meaning given in s. 85.20 (1) (e), Stats., and may include specialized transportation subsystems for seniors and individuals with disabilities, but does not include transportation services exclusively for a subgroup of the general public.
Trans 4.02(3g) (3g) “ Operating deficit” means the amount by which the total operating expenses incurred in the operation of a mass transit system exceeds the amount of operating revenues derived therefrom.
Trans 4.02(3r) (3r) “ Operating revenues” means income that accrues to a mass transit system by virtue of its operations, excluding any income derived from the sale of charter service or the hauling of freight.
Trans 4.02(4) (4)“Private provider” means a privately owned entity that provides public transit service.
Trans 4.02(4g) (4g) “ Project” means operation of an urban mass transit system, or subsystem thereof, during a project year.
Trans 4.02(4r) (4r) “ Project year” means a calendar year in which an eligible applicant executes a public transit project receiving funding under s. 85.20, Stats.
Trans 4.02(5) (5)“Public provider" means any provider of mass transit service not defined as a private provider.
Trans 4.02(5m) (5m)“Revenue hours” means the annual number of hours for which a mass transit system's revenue passenger vehicles offer advertised public transit service, plus the annual sum of any additional hours during which these vehicles transport revenue paying passengers and, for shared-ride taxicab services, during which they travel to a base destination at the end of daily operation or undergo a pre-trip inspection.
Trans 4.02(6) (6)“Revenue passenger vehicle" means a vehicle used to transport revenue paying passengers on a mass transit system.
Trans 4.02(6m) (6m)“Secretary" means the secretary of the Wisconsin department of transportation.
Trans 4.02(7) (7)“Shared-ride taxicab" means a taxicab legally able to simultaneously transport passengers having different origins, different destinations, or both.
Trans 4.02(8) (8)“Subsystem" means that part of a transit system which provides special services to elderly or disabled persons.
Trans 4.02(8m) (8m)“Unlinked trip” means a trip beginning when a passenger boards the vehicle and ending when the passenger alights the vehicle, even if the passenger transfers to another vehicle to reach a destination.
Trans 4.02(9) (9)“Urban area" means any area that includes a city or village having a population of 2,500 or more or an area that includes 2 American Indian reservations and that is served by a mass transit system operated by a transit commission. The department shall determine the population of a city or village within an urban area using the most recent estimates prepared by the department of administration.
Trans 4.02(10) (10)“Urban mass transit system" means a mass transit system providing at least two-thirds of its revenue miles of service within the boundaries of an urban area.
Trans 4.02(10g) (10g) “Urbanized area” means an area of the state so defined by the U.S. bureau of the census.
Trans 4.02(10r) (10r) “Useful life” means a minimum time period, specified by the department, during which an asset is expected to remain in suitable condition for continued use in its intended capacity.
Trans 4.02(11) (11)“User-side subsidy” means financial assistance provided directly to a user of a mass transit system in the form of a voucher provided to the user by the local public body for use in payment of a fare, or a portion of a fare, for a trip taken on an urban transit system.
Trans 4.02(12) (12) “Welfare recipient” means an individual who has received assistance under a State or tribal program funded under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act, 42 USC 601 et seq., at any time during the previous three-year period.
Trans 4.02 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1978, No. 275, eff. 12-1-78; am. (1), (3) and (6), Register, May, 1982, No. 317, eff. 6-1-82; renum. (3) to (6) to be (10), (3), (9) and (8) and am. (3), cr. (4) to (7) and (11), Register, October, 1986, No. 370, eff. 11-1-86; am. (9), Register, August, 1989, No. 404, eff. 9-1-89; r. and recr. (9), Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90; cr. (intro.), am. (1), (3) and (8), Register, April, 1993, No. 448, eff. 5-1-93; renum. (1) to be (1m) and cr. (1), (1r), (5m), (6m) and (8m), Register, November, 2000, No. 539, eff. 12-1-00; correction in (2) (c) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register March 2012 No. 675; CR 18-065: renum. (1) to (1d), cr. (1), (1h), (1p), renum. (1r) to (1t) and am., am. (2) (intro.), (a), (b), cr. (2m), r. and recr. (3), cr. (3g), (3r), am. (4), cr. (4g), (4r), am. (5m), (7), (8m), cr. (10g), (10r), am. (11), cr. (12) Register October 2020 No. 778, eff. 11-1-20; renum. (1h) to (1o) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register October 2020 No. 778; correction in (2) (a) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register October 2020 No. 778.
Trans 4.03 Trans 4.03 Appropriateness of urban areas. All urban areas shall be deemed appropriate for an urban mass transit system for purposes of receiving state aid, except that no city or village may receive state aid for a municipal bus transit system unless the system is approved by action of its governing body and by referendum vote of its electorate pursuant to s. 66.0803 (2) (a), Stats.
Trans 4.03 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1978, No. 275, eff. 12-1-78; r. and recr. Register, May, 1982, No. 317, eff. 6-1-82; emerg. am. (2), eff. 11-18-83; am. (2), Register, April, 1984, No. 340, eff. 5-1-84; r. and recr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90; correction made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register March 2012 No. 675; CR 18-065: am. Register October 2020 No. 778, eff. 11-1-20.
Trans 4.04 Trans 4.04 Project costs.
Trans 4.04(1)(1)Eligible project costs are limited to the operating expenses of an urban mass transit system, including labor, fringe benefits, materials and supplies, utilities, insurance, purchased transportation services, license fees and lease expenses. For publicly owned mass transit systems, the only wages and fringe benefits that shall be considered eligible project costs are those of employees whose activities are related to the day-to-day operation of the system. For employees who do not work full time on transit system operations, only expenses related to that portion of their time spent on transit shall be considered eligible project costs. For urban mass transit services provided by a private provider operating under contract with an eligible applicant, eligible project costs may include profit, return on investment, interest on short term debt obligation, and depreciation of facilities and capital equipment used directly for the provision of urban mass transit services, provided that the facilities and equipment were acquired without benefit of public financial assistance. If a facility is a joint-use facility, depreciation of only that portion of the facility used in the provision of urban mass transit services is an eligible project cost. For shared-ride taxicab services provided by private providers operating under contract with an eligible applicant, eligible project costs may include administrative fees that the eligible applicant incurs in the course of satisfying state and federal requirements.
Trans 4.04(2) (2)Eligible project costs may include the costs of user-side subsidies provided to individuals with disabilities. User contributions to the user-side subsidy service are considered eligible project costs in accordance with s. 85.20 (3m) (b), Stats.
Trans 4.04(3) (3) If an eligible applicant contracts for mass transit service with a private provider, it shall execute a formal written contract with the provider. Only costs incurred under a properly executed written contract shall be considered eligible project costs.
Trans 4.04(4)(a)(a) If an eligible applicant contracts with a private provider to operate an urban mass transit system on its behalf, it shall do so using the competitive proposal process set forth in par. (b), and eligible project costs are limited to those costs associated with the proposal accepted by the eligible applicant.
Trans 4.04(4)(b) (b) Eligible applicants shall use the following competitive bid process:
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