Part 5: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HEADING: PL 1987, C. 141, PT. A, §2 (RPR)
Chapter 410: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Subchapter 1: GENERAL PROVISIONS
§4209. Public transportation administration
The Department of Transportation shall divide the State into a number of geographic regions for regional distribution of
state-administered transportation funds. Upon designation of the geographic regions, a regional public transportation agency
must be selected from each region to formulate a biennial regional operations plan. Selection of regional public transportation
agencies must be by the Department of Transportation in collaboration with the committee established in subsection 1-A. The
Department of Transportation shall establish a schedule for submittal of the biennial regional operations plan and shall reference
these plans in its biennial transportation improvement plan submitted to the Legislature.
2009, c. 130, §1 (AMD)
1-A.Interagency Transportation Coordinating Committee.
The Interagency Transportation Coordinating Committee, referred to in this section as "the committee," is established to
promote efficiency, cooperative effort and strategic planning for public transportation between the Department of Transportation,
the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services.
A. The committee consists of the Commissioner of Transportation, the Commissioner of Labor and the Commissioner of Health and
Human Services or the designees of the commissioners. [2009, c. 130, §2 (NEW).]
B. The committee shall meet at least twice each year. [2009, c. 130, §2 (NEW).]
C. The Commissioner of Transportation shall designate the chair of the committee. [2009, c. 130, §2 (NEW).]
D. The committee shall designate a catchment area for MaineCare transportation providers. [2009, c. 130, §2 (NEW).]
E. The committee shall submit a report on its deliberations and any recommendations by February 15th each year to the Governor
and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over public transportation matters. [2009, c. 130, §2 (NEW).]
2009, c. 130, §2 (NEW)
2.Biennial regional operations plan.
The biennial regional operations plan submitted by each regional public transportation agency must provide for the following:
A. Maximum feasible coordination of funds among all state agencies that sponsor transportation in the region; [1987, c. 428, §1 (AMD).]
B. Development and maintenance of a permanent and effective public transportation system, with particular regard to riders who
are low-income or elderly or who have disabilities; [2009, c. 130, §3 (AMD).]
C. Participation of private transit operators in the service, to the greatest extent possible; [2009, c. 130, §3 (AMD).]
D. Conformity with general operations requirements as may be prescribed by the commissioner; and [2009, c. 130, §3 (AMD).]
E. Compliance with any appropriate federal regulations, including but not limited to the federally required locally coordinated
plan. [2009, c. 130, §3 (NEW).]
In years in which no biennial plan is required, amendments to the effective operations may be submitted. Approval of each
regional operations plan must be by the Department of Transportation in collaboration with the committee. Upon approval,
all agencies, groups or organizations named to participate in the provision of service in accordance with a regional operations
plan are eligible to receive funds administered by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health and Human
2009, c. 130, §3 (AMD)
Within the limits of available funding, the department shall provide assistance as follows:
A. Planning and technical assistance, information transfer, capital and operations planning, performance monitoring and evaluation,
quality assurance, accounting, assistance with management information systems and service reporting to a regional operations
plan drafter or transportation provider and securing of provider compliance with the requirements of other state agencies
in these areas; [1987, c. 428, §2 (AMD).]
A-1. Act as mediator and, if necessary, final arbiter of disputes between state agencies and transportation providers regarding
service; [1987, c. 428, §2 (NEW).]
A-2. In consultation with the Bureau of Insurance, advise transportation providers regarding the liability of volunteer drivers; [1991, c. 859, §1 (NEW).]
B. Capital assistance to transportation providers for up to 100% of the nonfederal share required by federal assistance programs; [1991, c. 103, (AMD).]
C. Operating assistance to transportation providers in an amount up to 1/2 of the operating deficit incurred in fulfillment of
the biennial regional operations plan; and [1987, c. 428, §2 (AMD).]
D. Notwithstanding any other provision of law and except as funds are necessary to carry out the object of this section, funds
appropriated for public transportation shall not lapse at the end of a fiscal year, but shall be carried forward from year
to year to be expended for the same purpose. [1985, c. 174, Pt. E, (NEW).]
1991, c. 859, §1 (AMD)
4.Human services assistance; priorities.
The committee shall act to coordinate purchase of service contracts and serve in an advisory capacity to the department
in matters concerning public transportation. In the event that transportation funds for human services programs are insufficient
for full implementation of the human services portion of an approved biennial regional operations plan, priorities established
by the Department of Health and Human Services determine the priority clients that must be initially served by human services
funds. Members of the committee and their contractors shall actively engage local transportation providers in the planning
of new services that are expected to have a transportation component.
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor shall ensure that any new service to be provided is
adequately funded to cover the costs of the transportation component of the program.
2009, c. 130, §4 (AMD)
Intercity service shall be service designated as such in a public transportation plan developed by the department. Intercity
service planning shall fulfill the requirements set forth in subsection 2 and shall address public transportation needs that
cannot be met by regional operations planning. The State may contribute to the nonfederal costs of intercity service.
1979, c. 505, §4 (NEW)
6.Letters of credit; reporting requirements; general powers.
To further the purposes of this section, the Department of Transportation may do the following:
A. Make available letters of credit or other appropriate assistance to transportation providers faced with unavoidable difficulties
in securing day-to-day operating expenses; [1979, c. 505, §4 (NEW).]
B. Investigate all practicable ways that reporting requirements might be unified to reduce the paper workload for state and regional
public transportation administration; and [1979, c. 505, §4 (NEW).]
C. Exercise all powers necessary, convenient or incidental to assuring the development and maintenance of effective public transportation
service throughout the State. [1979, c. 505, §4 (NEW).]
1979, c. 505, §4 (NEW)
1987, c. 428, §4 (RP)
1979, c. 505, §4 (NEW).
1981, c. 493, §2 (AMD).
1981, c. 559, (AMD).
1983, c. 812, §144 (AMD).
1985, c. 174, §E (AMD).
1987, c. 428, §§1-4 (AMD).
1991, c. 103, (AMD).
1991, c. 859, §1 (AMD).
RR 1995, c. 2, §§47,48 (COR).
1995, c. 560, §K82 (AMD).
1995, c. 560, §K83 (AFF).
2001, c. 354, §3 (AMD).
RR 2003, c. 2, §§83,84 (COR).
2009, c. 130, §§1-4 (AMD).
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