Florida Senate - 2016                             CS for SB 1392
       By the Committee on Transportation; and Senator Brandes
       596-02696-16                                          20161392c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to transportation; amending s.
    3         316.003, F.S.; defining and revising the definitions
    4         of terms; amending s. 316.0745, F.S.; revising the
    5         circumstances under which the Department of
    6         Transportation is authorized to direct the removal of
    7         certain traffic control devices; requiring the public
    8         agency erecting or installing such a device to bring
    9         it into compliance with certain requirements or remove
   10         it upon the direction of the department; amending s.
   11         316.0895, F.S.; providing that provisions prohibiting
   12         a driver from following certain vehicles within a
   13         specified distance do not apply to truck tractor
   14         semitrailer combinations under certain circumstances;
   15         amending s. 316.303, F.S.; providing exceptions to the
   16         prohibition against certain television-type receiving
   17         equipment in vehicles; amending s. 316.85, F.S.;
   18         revising the circumstances under which a licensed
   19         driver is authorized to operate an autonomous vehicle
   20         in autonomous mode; amending s. 316.86, F.S.; deleting
   21         a provision authorizing the operation of vehicles
   22         equipped with autonomous technology on roads in this
   23         state for testing purposes by certain persons or
   24         research organizations; deleting a requirement that a
   25         human operator be present in an autonomous vehicle for
   26         testing purposes; deleting certain financial
   27         responsibility requirements for entities performing
   28         such testing; amending s. 319.145, F.S.; revising
   29         provisions relating to required equipment and
   30         operation of autonomous vehicles; amending s. 332.08,
   31         F.S.; extending the authorized term of certain
   32         airport-related leases; amending s. 338.155, F.S.;
   33         requiring a toll facility to ensure the presence of
   34         signage notifying drivers if cash payment is not an
   35         option; amending s. 338.165, F.S.; deleting an
   36         authorization to issue certain bonds secured by toll
   37         revenues collected on the Beeline-East Expressway, the
   38         Navarre Bridge, and the Pinellas Bayway; authorizing
   39         the department’s Pinellas Bayway System to be
   40         transferred by the department and become part of the
   41         turnpike system under the Florida Turnpike Enterprise
   42         Law; providing applicability; requiring the department
   43         to transfer certain funds to the Florida Turnpike
   44         Enterprise for certain purposes; repealing chapter 85
   45         364, Laws of Florida, as amended, relating to the
   46         Pinellas Bayway; amending s. 338.231, F.S.; increasing
   47         the number of years before an inactive prepaid toll
   48         account shall be presumed unclaimed; deleting
   49         provisions relating to the use of revenues from the
   50         turnpike system to pay the principal and interest of a
   51         specified series of bonds and certain expenses of the
   52         Sawgrass Expressway; amending s. 339.175, F.S.;
   53         requiring certain long-range transportation plans to
   54         include assessment of capital investment and other
   55         measures necessary to make the most efficient use of
   56         existing transportation facilities to improve safety;
   57         requiring the assessments to include consideration of
   58         infrastructure and technological improvements
   59         necessary to accommodate advances in vehicle
   60         technology; amending s. 339.2818, F.S.; increasing the
   61         population ceiling in the definition of the term
   62         “small county” for purposes of the Small County
   63         Outreach Program; deleting an alternative definition
   64         of the term “small county” for a specified fiscal
   65         year; amending s. 339.64, F.S.; requiring the
   66         department to coordinate with certain partners and
   67         industry representatives to consider infrastructure
   68         and technological improvements necessary to
   69         accommodate advances in vehicle technology in
   70         Strategic Intermodal System facilities; requiring the
   71         Strategic Intermodal System Plan to include a needs
   72         assessment regarding such infrastructure and
   73         technological improvements; repealing s. 341.0532,
   74         F.S., relating to statewide transportation corridors;
   75         amending s. 348.565, F.S.; expanding the list of
   76         projects of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway
   77         Authority which are approved to be financed or
   78         refinanced by the issuance of certain revenue bonds;
   79         providing an effective date.
   81  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   83         Section 1. Present subsections (90) through (93) of section
   84  316.003, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (91),
   85  (93), (94), and (95), respectively, present subsection (90) of
   86  that section is amended, and new subsections (90) and (92) are
   87  added to that section, to read:
   88         316.003 Definitions.—The following words and phrases, when
   89  used in this chapter, shall have the meanings respectively
   90  ascribed to them in this section, except where the context
   91  otherwise requires:
   92         (90) AUTONOMOUS TECHNOLOGY.—Technology installed on a motor
   93  vehicle which has the capability to drive the vehicle on which
   94  the technology is installed without the active control of or
   95  monitoring by a human operator.
   96         (91)(90) AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE.—Any vehicle equipped with
   97  autonomous technology. The term “autonomous technology” means
   98  technology installed on a motor vehicle that has the capability
   99  to drive the vehicle on which the technology is installed
  100  without the active control or monitoring by a human operator.
  101  The term excludes a motor vehicle enabled with active safety
  102  systems or driver assistance systems, including, without
  103  limitation, a system to provide electronic blind spot
  104  assistance, crash avoidance, emergency braking, parking
  105  assistance, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assistance, lane
  106  departure warning, or traffic jam and queuing assistant, unless
  107  any such system alone or in combination with other systems
  108  enables the vehicle on which the technology is installed to
  109  drive without the active control or monitoring by a human
  110  operator.
  112  automation technology that integrates a sensor array, wireless
  113  communications, vehicle controls, and specialized software to
  114  synchronize the acceleration and braking between no more than
  115  two truck tractor-semitrailer combinations, while leaving each
  116  vehicle’s steering control and systems command in the control of
  117  the vehicle’s driver.
  118         Section 2. Subsection (7) of section 316.0745, Florida
  119  Statutes, is amended to read:
  120         316.0745 Uniform signals and devices.—
  121         (7) The Department of Transportation may, upon receipt and
  122  investigation of reported noncompliance and is authorized, after
  123  hearing pursuant to 14 days’ notice, to direct the removal of
  124  any purported traffic control device that fails to meet the
  125  requirements of this section, wherever the device is located and
  126  without regard to assigned responsibility under s. 316.1895
  127  which fails to meet the requirements of this section. The public
  128  agency erecting or installing the same shall immediately bring
  129  it into compliance with the requirements of this section or
  130  remove said device or signal upon the direction of the
  131  Department of Transportation and may not, for a period of 5
  132  years, install any replacement or new traffic control devices
  133  paid for in part or in full with revenues raised by the state
  134  unless written prior approval is received from the Department of
  135  Transportation. Any additional violation by a public body or
  136  official shall be cause for the withholding of state funds for
  137  traffic control purposes until such public body or official
  138  demonstrates to the Department of Transportation that it is
  139  complying with this section.
  140         Section 3. Subsection (2) of section 316.0895, Florida
  141  Statutes, is amended to read:
  142         316.0895 Following too closely.—
  143         (2) It is unlawful for the driver of any motor truck, motor
  144  truck drawing another vehicle, or vehicle towing another vehicle
  145  or trailer, when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business
  146  or residence district, to follow within 300 feet of another
  147  motor truck, motor truck drawing another vehicle, or vehicle
  148  towing another vehicle or trailer. The provisions of This
  149  subsection may shall not be construed to prevent overtaking and
  150  passing, nor does it nor shall the same apply upon any lane
  151  specially designated for use by motor trucks or other slow
  152  moving vehicles. This subsection does not apply to two truck
  153  tractor-semitrailer combinations equipped and connected with
  154  driver-assistive truck platooning technology, as defined in s.
  155  316.003, and operating on a multilane limited access facility,
  156  if:
  157         (a) The owner or operator first submits to the department
  158  an instrument of insurance, a surety bond, or proof of self
  159  insurance acceptable to the department in the amount of $1
  160  million;
  161         (b) The vehicles are equipped with an external indication,
  162  visible to surrounding motorists, that the vehicles are engaged
  163  in truck platooning; and
  164         (c) The vehicles are not required to be placarded pursuant
  165  to 49 C.F.R. parts 171-179.
  166         Section 4. Subsections (1) and (3) of section 316.303,
  167  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  168         316.303 Television receivers.—
  169         (1) A No motor vehicle may not be operated on the highways
  170  of this state if the vehicle is shall be equipped with
  171  television-type receiving equipment so located that the viewer
  172  or screen is visible from the driver’s seat, unless the vehicle
  173  is equipped with autonomous technology, as defined in s.
  174  316.003, and is being operated in autonomous mode, as provided
  175  in s. 316.85(2).
  176         (3) This section does not prohibit the use of an electronic
  177  display used in conjunction with a vehicle navigation system; an
  178  electronic display used by an operator of a vehicle equipped
  179  with autonomous technology, as defined in s. 316.003; or an
  180  electronic display used by an operator of a vehicle equipped and
  181  operating with driver-assistive truck platooning technology, as
  182  defined in s. 316.003.
  183         Section 5. Subsection (1) of section 316.85, Florida
  184  Statutes, is amended to read:
  185         316.85 Autonomous vehicles; operation.—
  186         (1) A person who possesses a valid driver license may
  187  operate an autonomous vehicle in autonomous mode on roads in
  188  this state if the vehicle is equipped with autonomous
  189  technology, as defined in s. 316.003.
  190         Section 6. Section 316.86, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  191  read:
  192         316.86 Operation of vehicles equipped with autonomous
  193  technology on roads for testing purposes; financial
  194  responsibility; Exemption from liability for manufacturer when
  195  third party converts vehicle.—
  196         (1) Vehicles equipped with autonomous technology may be
  197  operated on roads in this state by employees, contractors, or
  198  other persons designated by manufacturers of autonomous
  199  technology, or by research organizations associated with
  200  accredited educational institutions, for the purpose of testing
  201  the technology. For testing purposes, a human operator shall be
  202  present in the autonomous vehicle such that he or she has the
  203  ability to monitor the vehicle’s performance and intervene, if
  204  necessary, unless the vehicle is being tested or demonstrated on
  205  a closed course. Before the start of testing in this state, the
  206  entity performing the testing must submit to the department an
  207  instrument of insurance, surety bond, or proof of self-insurance
  208  acceptable to the department in the amount of $5 million.
  209         (2) The original manufacturer of a vehicle converted by a
  210  third party into an autonomous vehicle is shall not be liable
  211  in, and shall have a defense to and be dismissed from, any legal
  212  action brought against the original manufacturer by any person
  213  injured due to an alleged vehicle defect caused by the
  214  conversion of the vehicle, or by equipment installed by the
  215  converter, unless the alleged defect was present in the vehicle
  216  as originally manufactured.
  217         Section 7. Subsection (1) of section 319.145, Florida
  218  Statutes, is amended to read:
  219         319.145 Autonomous vehicles.—
  220         (1) An autonomous vehicle registered in this state must
  221  continue to meet applicable federal standards and regulations
  222  for such a motor vehicle. The vehicle must shall:
  223         (a) Have a system to safely alert the operator if an
  224  autonomous technology failure is detected while the autonomous
  225  technology is engaged. When an alert is given, the system must:
  226         1. Require the operator to take control of the autonomous
  227  vehicle; or
  228         2. If the operator does not, or is not able to, take
  229  control of the autonomous vehicle, be capable of bringing the
  230  vehicle to a complete stop Have a means to engage and disengage
  231  the autonomous technology which is easily accessible to the
  232  operator.
  233         (b) Have a means, inside the vehicle, to visually indicate
  234  when the vehicle is operating in autonomous mode.
  235         (c) Have a means to alert the operator of the vehicle if a
  236  technology failure affecting the ability of the vehicle to
  237  safely operate autonomously is detected while the vehicle is
  238  operating autonomously in order to indicate to the operator to
  239  take control of the vehicle.
  240         (c)(d) Be capable of being operated in compliance with the
  241  applicable traffic and motor vehicle laws of this state.
  242         Section 8. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
  243  332.08, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  244         332.08 Additional powers.—
  245         (1) In addition to the general powers in ss. 332.01-332.12
  246  conferred and without limitation thereof, a municipality that
  247  has established or may hereafter establish airports, restricted
  248  landing areas, or other air navigation facilities, or that has
  249  acquired or set apart or may hereafter acquire or set apart real
  250  property for such purposes, is authorized:
  251         (c) To lease for a term not exceeding 50 30 years such
  252  airports or other air navigation facilities, or real property
  253  acquired or set apart for airport purposes, to private parties,
  254  any municipal or state government or the national government, or
  255  any department of either thereof, for operation; to lease or
  256  assign for a term not exceeding 50 30 years to private parties,
  257  any municipal or state government or the national government, or
  258  any department of either thereof, for operation or use
  259  consistent with the purposes of ss. 332.01-332.12, space, area,
  260  improvements, or equipment on such airports; to sell any part of
  261  such airports, other air navigation facilities, or real property
  262  to any municipal or state government, or the United States or
  263  any department or instrumentality thereof, for aeronautical
  264  purposes or purposes incidental thereto, and to confer the
  265  privileges of concessions of supplying upon its airports goods,
  266  commodities, things, services, and facilities; provided, that in
  267  each case in so doing the public is not deprived of its rightful
  268  equal and uniform use thereof.
  269         Section 9. Section 338.155, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  270  read:
  271         338.155 Payment of toll on toll facilities required;
  272  exemptions; signage required.—
  273         (1) A person may not use any toll facility without payment
  274  of tolls, except employees of the agency operating the toll
  275  project when using the toll facility on official state business,
  276  state military personnel while on official military business,
  277  handicapped persons as provided in this section, persons exempt
  278  from toll payment by the authorizing resolution for bonds issued
  279  to finance the facility, and persons exempt on a temporary basis
  280  where use of such toll facility is required as a detour route.
  281  Any law enforcement officer operating a marked official vehicle
  282  is exempt from toll payment when on official law enforcement
  283  business. Any person operating a fire vehicle when on official
  284  business or a rescue vehicle when on official business is exempt
  285  from toll payment. Any person participating in the funeral
  286  procession of a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed in
  287  the line of duty is exempt from toll payment. The secretary or
  288  the secretary’s designee may suspend the payment of tolls on a
  289  toll facility when necessary to assist in emergency evacuation.
  290  The failure to pay a prescribed toll constitutes a noncriminal
  291  traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided
  292  in s. 318.18. The department may adopt rules relating to the
  293  payment, collection, and enforcement of tolls, as authorized in
  294  this chapter and chapters 316, 318, 320, and 322, including, but
  295  not limited to, rules for the implementation of video or other
  296  image billing and variable pricing. With respect to toll
  297  facilities managed by the department, the revenues of which are
  298  not pledged to repayment of bonds, the department may by rule
  299  allow the use of such facilities by public transit vehicles or
  300  by vehicles participating in a funeral procession for an active
  301  duty military service member without the payment of tolls.
  302         (2) Any person driving an automobile or other vehicle
  303  belonging to the Department of Military Affairs used for
  304  transporting military personnel, stores, and property, when
  305  properly identified, shall, together with any such conveyance
  306  and military personnel and property of the state in his or her
  307  charge, be allowed to pass free through all tollgates and over
  308  all toll bridges and ferries in this state.
  309         (3) Any handicapped person who has a valid driver license,
  310  who operates a vehicle specially equipped for use by the
  311  handicapped, and who is certified by a physician licensed under
  312  chapter 458 or chapter 459 or by comparable licensing in another
  313  state or by the Adjudication Office of the United States
  314  Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor as being
  315  severely physically disabled and having permanent upper limb
  316  mobility or dexterity impairments which substantially impair the
  317  person’s ability to deposit coins in toll baskets, shall be
  318  allowed to pass free through all tollgates and over all toll
  319  bridges and ferries in this state. A person who meets the
  320  requirements of this subsection shall, upon application, be
  321  issued a vehicle window sticker by the Department of
  322  Transportation.
  323         (4) A copy of this section shall be posted at each toll
  324  bridge and on each ferry.
  325         (5) The Department of Transportation shall provide
  326  envelopes for voluntary payments of tolls by those persons
  327  exempted from the payment of tolls pursuant to this section. The
  328  department shall accept any voluntary payments made by exempt
  329  persons.
  330         (6) Personal identifying information held by the Department
  331  of Transportation, a county, a municipality, or an expressway
  332  authority for the purpose of paying, prepaying, or collecting
  333  tolls and associated administrative charges due for the use of
  334  toll facilities is exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I
  335  of the State Constitution. This exemption applies to such
  336  information held by the Department of Transportation, a county,
  337  a municipality, or an expressway authority before, on, or after
  338  the effective date of the exemption. This subsection is subject
  339  to the Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s.
  340  119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 2019, unless
  341  reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the
  342  Legislature.
  343         (7) A toll facility must ensure the presence of signage
  344  notifying drivers if cash payment of the applicable toll at such
  345  facility is not an available option.
  346         Section 10. Subsection (4) of section 338.165, Florida
  347  Statutes, is amended, and subsection (11) is added to that
  348  section, to read:
  349         338.165 Continuation of tolls.—
  350         (4) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, pursuant
  351  to s. 11, Art. VII of the State Constitution, and subject to the
  352  requirements of subsection (2), the Department of Transportation
  353  may request the Division of Bond Finance to issue bonds secured
  354  by toll revenues collected on the Alligator Alley and, the
  355  Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the Beeline-East Expressway, the Navarre
  356  Bridge, and the Pinellas Bayway to fund transportation projects
  357  located within the county or counties in which the project is
  358  located and contained in the adopted work program of the
  359  department.
  360         (11) The department’s Pinellas Bayway System may be
  361  transferred by the department and become part of the turnpike
  362  system under the Florida Turnpike Enterprise Law. The transfer
  363  does not affect the rights of the parties, or their successors
  364  in interest, under the settlement agreement and final judgment
  365  in Leonard Lee Ratner, Esther Ratner, and Leeco Gas and Oil Co.
  366  v. State Road Department of the State of Florida, No. 67-1081
  367  (Fla. 2nd Cir. Ct. 1968). Upon transfer of the Pinellas Bayway
  368  System to the turnpike system, the department shall also
  369  transfer to the Florida Turnpike Enterprise the funds deposited
  370  in the reserve account established by chapter 85-364, Laws of
  371  Florida, as amended by chapters 95-382 and 2014-223, Laws of
  372  Florida, which funds shall be used by the Florida Turnpike
  373  Enterprise solely to help fund the costs of repair or
  374  replacement of the transferred facilities.
  375         Section 11. Chapter 85-364, Laws of Florida, as amended by
  376  chapters 95-382 and section 48 of 2014-223, Laws of Florida, is
  377  repealed.
  378         Section 12. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) and subsections
  379  (5) and (6) of section 338.231, Florida Statutes, are amended to
  380  read:
  381         338.231 Turnpike tolls, fixing; pledge of tolls and other
  382  revenues.—The department shall at all times fix, adjust, charge,
  383  and collect such tolls and amounts for the use of the turnpike
  384  system as are required in order to provide a fund sufficient
  385  with other revenues of the turnpike system to pay the cost of
  386  maintaining, improving, repairing, and operating such turnpike
  387  system; to pay the principal of and interest on all bonds issued
  388  to finance or refinance any portion of the turnpike system as
  389  the same become due and payable; and to create reserves for all
  390  such purposes.
  391         (3)
  392         (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the
  393  contrary, any prepaid toll account of any kind which has
  394  remained inactive for 10 3 years shall be presumed unclaimed and
  395  its disposition shall be handled by the Department of Financial
  396  Services in accordance with all applicable provisions of chapter
  397  717 relating to the disposition of unclaimed property, and the
  398  prepaid toll account shall be closed by the department.
  399         (5) In each fiscal year while any of the bonds of the
  400  Broward County Expressway Authority series 1984 and series 1986
  401  A remain outstanding, the department is authorized to pledge
  402  revenues from the turnpike system to the payment of principal
  403  and interest of such series of bonds and the operation and
  404  maintenance expenses of the Sawgrass Expressway, to the extent
  405  gross toll revenues of the Sawgrass Expressway are insufficient
  406  to make such payments. The terms of an agreement relative to the
  407  pledge of turnpike system revenue will be negotiated with the
  408  parties of the 1984 and 1986 Broward County Expressway Authority
  409  lease-purchase agreements, and subject to the covenants of those
  410  agreements. The agreement must establish that the Sawgrass
  411  Expressway is subject to the planning, management, and operating
  412  control of the department limited only by the terms of the
  413  lease-purchase agreements. The department shall provide for the
  414  payment of operation and maintenance expenses of the Sawgrass
  415  Expressway until such agreement is in effect. This pledge of
  416  turnpike system revenues is subordinate to the debt service
  417  requirements of any future issue of turnpike bonds, the payment
  418  of turnpike system operation and maintenance expenses, and
  419  subject to any subsequent resolution or trust indenture relating
  420  to the issuance of such turnpike bonds.
  421         (5)(6) The use and disposition of revenues pledged to bonds
  422  are subject to ss. 338.22-338.241 and such regulations as the
  423  resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds or such trust
  424  agreement may provide.
  425         Section 13. Paragraph (c) of subsection (7) of section
  426  339.175, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  427         339.175 Metropolitan planning organization.—
  428         (7) LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN.—Each M.P.O. must
  429  develop a long-range transportation plan that addresses at least
  430  a 20-year planning horizon. The plan must include both long
  431  range and short-range strategies and must comply with all other
  432  state and federal requirements. The prevailing principles to be
  433  considered in the long-range transportation plan are: preserving
  434  the existing transportation infrastructure; enhancing Florida’s
  435  economic competitiveness; and improving travel choices to ensure
  436  mobility. The long-range transportation plan must be consistent,
  437  to the maximum extent feasible, with future land use elements
  438  and the goals, objectives, and policies of the approved local
  439  government comprehensive plans of the units of local government
  440  located within the jurisdiction of the M.P.O. Each M.P.O. is
  441  encouraged to consider strategies that integrate transportation
  442  and land use planning to provide for sustainable development and
  443  reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The approved long-range
  444  transportation plan must be considered by local governments in
  445  the development of the transportation elements in local
  446  government comprehensive plans and any amendments thereto. The
  447  long-range transportation plan must, at a minimum:
  448         (c) Assess capital investment and other measures necessary
  449  to:
  450         1. Ensure the preservation of the existing metropolitan
  451  transportation system including requirements for the operation,
  452  resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation of major roadways
  453  and requirements for the operation, maintenance, modernization,
  454  and rehabilitation of public transportation facilities; and
  455         2. Make the most efficient use of existing transportation
  456  facilities to relieve vehicular congestion, improve safety, and
  457  maximize the mobility of people and goods. Such efforts must
  458  include, but are not limited to, consideration of infrastructure
  459  and technological improvements necessary to accommodate advances
  460  in vehicle technology, such as autonomous technology and other
  461  developments.
  463  In the development of its long-range transportation plan, each
  464  M.P.O. must provide the public, affected public agencies,
  465  representatives of transportation agency employees, freight
  466  shippers, providers of freight transportation services, private
  467  providers of transportation, representatives of users of public
  468  transit, and other interested parties with a reasonable
  469  opportunity to comment on the long-range transportation plan.
  470  The long-range transportation plan must be approved by the
  471  M.P.O.
  472         Section 14. Subsection (2) of section 339.2818, Florida
  473  Statutes, is amended to read:
  474         339.2818 Small County Outreach Program.—
  475         (2)(a) For the purposes of this section, the term “small
  476  county” means any county that has a population of 170,000
  477  150,000 or less as determined by the most recent official
  478  estimate pursuant to s. 186.901.
  479         (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), for the 2015-2016 fiscal
  480  year, for purposes of this section, the term “small county”
  481  means any county that has a population of 165,000 or less as
  482  determined by the most recent official estimate pursuant to s.
  483  186.901. This paragraph expires July 1, 2016.
  484         Section 15. Paragraph (c) is added to subsection (3) of
  485  section 339.64, Florida Statutes, and paragraph (a) of
  486  subsection (4) of that section is amended, to read:
  487         339.64 Strategic Intermodal System Plan.—
  488         (3)
  489         (c) The department shall coordinate with federal, regional,
  490  and local partners, as well as industry representatives, to
  491  consider infrastructure and technological improvements necessary
  492  to accommodate advances in vehicle technology, such as
  493  autonomous technology and other developments, in Strategic
  494  Intermodal System facilities.
  495         (4) The Strategic Intermodal System Plan shall include the
  496  following:
  497         (a) A needs assessment that must include, but is not
  498  limited to, consideration of infrastructure and technological
  499  improvements necessary to accommodate advances in vehicle
  500  technology, such as autonomous technology and other
  501  developments.
  502         Section 16. Section 341.0532, Florida Statutes, is
  503  repealed.
  504         Section 17. Subsection (3) of section 348.565, Florida
  505  Statutes, is amended, and subsection (5) is added to that
  506  section, to read:
  507         348.565 Revenue bonds for specified projects.—The existing
  508  facilities that constitute the Tampa-Hillsborough County
  509  Expressway System are hereby approved to be refinanced by
  510  revenue bonds issued by the Division of Bond Finance of the
  511  State Board of Administration pursuant to s. 11(f), Art. VII of
  512  the State Constitution and the State Bond Act or by revenue
  513  bonds issued by the authority pursuant to s. 348.56(1)(b). In
  514  addition, the following projects of the Tampa-Hillsborough
  515  County Expressway Authority are approved to be financed or
  516  refinanced by the issuance of revenue bonds in accordance with
  517  this part and s. 11(f), Art. VII of the State Constitution:
  518         (3) Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway System widening,
  519  and any extensions thereof.
  520         (5) Capital projects that the authority is authorized to
  521  acquire, construct, reconstruct, equip, operate, and maintain
  522  pursuant to this part, including, without limitation, s.
  523  348.54(15), provided that any financing of such projects does
  524  not pledge the full faith and credit of the state.
  525         Section 18. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.