Florida Senate - 2015                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 1554
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/16/2015           .                                

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and
       Economic Development (Brandes) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 1917 - 1964
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 37. Section 339.81, Florida Statutes, is
    6         created to read:
    7         339.81 Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail Network.—
    8         (1) The Legislature finds that increasing demands continue
    9  to be placed on the state’s transportation system by a growing
   10  economy, continued population growth, and increasing tourism.
   11  The Legislature also finds that significant challenges exist in
   12  providing additional capacity to the conventional transportation
   13  system and will require enhanced accommodation of alternative
   14  travel modes to meet the needs of residents and visitors. The
   15  Legislature further finds that improving bicyclist and
   16  pedestrian safety for both residents and visitors remains a high
   17  priority. Therefore, the Legislature declares that the
   18  development of a nonmotorized trail network will increase
   19  mobility and recreational alternatives for residents and
   20  visitors of this state, enhance economic prosperity, enrich
   21  quality of life, enhance safety, and reflect responsible
   22  environmental stewardship. To that end, it is the intent of the
   23  Legislature that the department make use of its expertise in
   24  efficiently providing transportation projects to develop the
   25  Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail Network, consisting of a
   26  statewide network of nonmotorized trails which allows
   27  nonmotorized vehicles and pedestrians to access a variety of
   28  origins and destinations with limited exposure to motorized
   29  vehicles.
   30         (2) The Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail Network is
   31  created as a component of the Florida Greenways and Trails
   32  System established in chapter 260. The statewide network
   33  consists of multiuse trails or shared-use paths physically
   34  separated from motor vehicle traffic and constructed with
   35  asphalt, concrete, or another hard surface which, by virtue of
   36  design, location, extent of connectivity or potential
   37  connectivity, and allowable uses, provides nonmotorized
   38  transportation opportunities for bicyclists and pedestrians
   39  statewide between and within a wide range of points of origin
   40  and destinations, including, but not limited to, communities,
   41  conservation areas, state parks, beaches, and other natural or
   42  cultural attractions for a variety of trip purposes, including
   43  work, school, shopping, and other personal business, as well as
   44  social, recreational, and personal fitness purposes.
   45         (3) Network components do not include sidewalks, nature
   46  trails, loop trails wholly within a single park or natural area,
   47  or on-road facilities, such as bicycle lanes or routes other
   48  than:
   49         (a) On-road facilities that are no longer than one-half
   50  mile connecting two or more nonmotorized trails, if the
   51  provision of a non-motorized trail without the use of the on
   52  road facility is not feasible, and if such on-road facilities
   53  are signed and marked for nonmotorized use; or
   54         (b) On-road components of the Florida Keys Overseas
   55  Heritage Trail.
   56         (4) The planning, development, operation, and maintenance
   57  of the Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail Network is declared
   58  to be a public purpose, and the department, together with other
   59  agencies of this state and all counties, municipalities, and
   60  special districts of this state, may spend public funds for such
   61  purposes and accept gifts and grants of funds, property, or
   62  property rights from public or private sources to be used for
   63  such purposes.
   64         (5) The department shall include the Florida Shared-Use
   65  Nonmotorized Trail Network in its work program developed
   66  pursuant to s. 339.135. For purposes of funding and maintaining
   67  projects within the network, the department shall allocate in
   68  its program and resource plan a minimum of $50 million annually,
   69  beginning in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
   70         (6) The department may enter into a memorandum of agreement
   71  with a local government or other agency of the state to transfer
   72  maintenance responsibilities of an individual network component.
   73  The department may contract with a not-for-profit entity or
   74  private sector business or entity to provide maintenance
   75  services on an individual network component.
   76         (7) The department may adopt rules to aid in the
   77  development and maintenance of components of the network.
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   80  And the title is amended as follows:
   81         Delete lines 226 - 231
   82  and insert:
   83         creating the Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized
   84         Trail Network; specifying the composition of the
   85         network; requiring the network to be included in the
   86         Department of Transportation’s work program; declaring
   87         the planning, development, operation, and maintenance
   88         of the network to be a public purpose; authorizing the
   89         department to transfer maintenance responsibilities to
   90         local governments or other state agencies and contract
   91         with not-for-profit or private sector entities to
   92         provide maintenance services; requiring funding to be
   93         allocated to the Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail
   94         Network in the program and resource plan of the
   95         department; authorizing the department to adopt rules;
   96         creating s. 339.82, F.S.; directing