2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 85. Department of transportation.
85.11 Southeast Wisconsin transit capital assistance program.


85.11 Southeast Wisconsin transit capital assistance program.


(1) Definitions. In this section:


(a) "Eligible applicant" means the southeastern regional transit authority under s. 59.58 (7).


(ar) "Major transit capital improvement project" has the meaning given in s. 85.062 (1).


(b) "Municipality" means a city, village, or town.


(c) "Southeast Wisconsin" means the geographical area comprising the counties of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha.


(2) Program and funding. The department shall develop and administer a southeast Wisconsin transit capital assistance program. From the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (uq), the department may award grants to eligible applicants for transit capital improvements as provided under subs. (4) to (6).


(3) Applications.


(a) Each grant applicant shall specify any project for which grant funds are requested. An applicant may not include a project in a grant application if the project is a major transit capital improvement project and the project has not been enumerated under s. 85.062 (3).


(b) The department may not accept grant applications under this section after December 31, 2015.


(4) Eligibility. The department may not award a grant under this section to an eligible applicant unless all of the following apply:


(a) The eligible applicant is eligible under federal law to be a public sponsor for a project that receives federal funding.


(b) The eligible applicant receives funds from a dedicated local revenue source for capital and operating costs associated with providing transit services.


(5) Grant awards.


(a) Subject to par. (b), the department may award grants to eligible applicants that satisfy the requirements under sub. (4). Any grant awarded under this section may not exceed $50,000,000, 25 percent of the total project cost, or 50 percent of the portion of the total project cost not funded with federal aid, whichever is least.


(b) The department may award a grant under par. (a) only if all of the following apply:


1. Any project for which the grant is to be awarded has received any approval to proceed required by the appropriate federal agency. Approval to proceed under this subdivision is required by December 31, 2012, for any project utilizing federal interstate cost estimate substitute project funding and for any project resulting from the Milwaukee Downtown Transit Connector Study of the Wisconsin Center District.


2. The number of revenue hours of transit service provided in the area serviced by the grant applicant at the time of the grant application is not less than that provided in 2001, if transit services were provided in 2001 by the grant applicant or by any other local unit of government.


(6) Administration. In administering this section, the department shall do all of the following:


(a) Prescribe the form of grant applications and the nature and extent of information to be provided with these applications, and establish an annual application cycle for receiving and evaluating applications under the program.


(b) Establish criteria and standards for grant eligibility for transit capital improvement projects under the program.


(c) Establish criteria and standards for evaluating and ranking applications and for awarding grants under the program.

85.11 - ANNOT.

History: 2009 a. 28.

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