2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 85. Department of transportation.
85.22 Capital assistance program for specialized transportation.


85.22 Capital assistance program for specialized transportation.


(1) Purpose. The purpose of this section is to promote the general public health and welfare by providing capital assistance to eligible applicants providing transportation services to elderly and disabled persons.


(2) Definitions. In this section:


(ag) "Disabled person" means any individual who, because of any temporary or permanent physical or mental condition or institutional residence is unable without special facilities or special planning or design to use available transportation facilities and services as effectively as persons who are not so affected.


(am) "Eligible applicant" means any applicant that meets eligibility requirements for federal assistance under 49 USC 5310 (a) and is one of the following:


1. A private, nonprofit organization.


2. A local public body that satisfies one of the following conditions:


a. After submission and approval of the certification by the department, certifies to the governor that no private, nonprofit organization is readily available to provide transportation services to elderly and disabled persons in the proposed service area.


b. Is approved by the department to coordinate transportation services to elderly and disabled persons in a proposed service area.


(b) "Elderly person" means any individual age 55 or older.


(c) "Local public body" has the meaning given in s. 85.20 (1) (d), except as limited by rule of the department.


(3) Administration. The department shall administer the grant program and shall have all the powers necessary and convenient to implement this section, including the following powers:


(a) To receive and review annually applications for aid under this section and to prescribe the form, nature and extent of information which shall be contained in applications. Each applicant shall indicate whether the transportation services it provides or proposes to provide conflict with any transportation services being assisted under s. 85.21.


(b) To establish criteria for evaluating all applications and for placing each application in a statewide priority ranking for distribution of available federal and state moneys.


(c) To make and execute agreements with eligible applicants to provide for the undertaking of transportation services to elderly or disabled persons.


(d) To audit the records of all eligible applicants receiving aids under this section in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and practices.


(e) To require eligible applicants receiving aids under this subsection to furnish information deemed necessary by the department.


(f) To apply for and receive federal grants on behalf of eligible recipients.


(g) To establish an annual application cycle for the program.


(h) To establish, by rule, standards for the coordination of transportation services to elderly and disabled persons for purposes of s. 85.22 (2) (am) 2. b. These standards may require certification by a local public body that any application for aid under this section shall be consistent with the recommendations of a local coordinating committee on transportation that has membership which is, in the department's judgment, sufficient to provide for adequate coordination of services available in the applicable area.


(4) Amount and use of aid.


(a) Commencing with the highest ranked application and to the extent that state moneys are available, the department shall offer to each eligible applicant an amount of state aid such that the sum of federal and state aid received by an applicant does not exceed any of the following:


1. The percentage, specified by the department by rule, of the estimated capital project costs.


2. For the specific type or category of capital equipment for which aid is paid, the percentage of the estimated capital costs that are eligible for federal aid.


(b) State aids available under this section shall not be available for operating purposes.

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History: 1981 c. 20 s. 1222; 1991 a. 239; 1993 a. 437; 1999 a. 9.

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Cross Reference: See also ch. Trans 2, Wis. adm. code.

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