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Substitute Senate Bill No. 390



Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 13b-34 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The commissioner shall have power, in order to aid or promote the operation, whether temporary or permanent, of any transportation service operating to, from or in the state, to contract in the name of the state with any person, including but not limited to any common carrier, any transit district formed under chapter 103a or any special act, or any political subdivision or entity, or with the United States or any other state, or any agency, instrumentality, subdivision, department or officer thereof, for purposes of initiating, continuing, developing, providing or improving any such transportation service. Such contracts may include provision for arbitration of disputed issues. THE COMMISSIONER, IN ORDER TO AID OR PROMOTE THE OPERATION OF ANY TRANSPORTATION SERVICE OPERATING OUTSIDE THE STATE, MAY CONTRACT IN THE NAME OF THE STATE WITH ANY PERSON, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY COMMON CARRIER, OR WITH THE UNITED STATES OR ANY OTHER STATE, OR ANY AGENCY, INSTRUMENTALITY, SUBDIVISION, DEPARTMENT OR OFFICER THEREOF, FOR PURPOSES OF PROVIDING ANY TRANSPORTATION SERVICE IN THE EVENT SUCH ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY OR A SPECIAL EVENT. The state, acting by and through the commissioner, may, by itself or in concert with others, provide all or a portion of any such service, share in the costs of or provide funds for such service, or furnish equipment or facilities for use in such service upon such terms and conditions as the commissioner may deem necessary or advisable, and any such contracts may include, without limitation thereto, arrangements under which the state shall so provide service, share costs, provide funds or furnish equipment or facilities. To these ends, the commissioner may in the name of the state acquire or obtain the use of facilities and equipment employed in providing any such service by gift, purchase, lease or other arrangements and may own and operate any such facilities and equipment and establish, charge and collect such fares and other charges or arrange for such collection for the use or services thereof as he may deem necessary, convenient or desirable. The commissioner may also acquire title in fee simple to, or any lesser estate, interest or right in, any rights-of-way, properties or facilities, including properties used on or before October 1, 1969, for rail or other forms of transportation services. The commissioner may hold such properties for future use by the state and may enter into agreements for interim use of such properties for other purposes.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 24, 1996. Effective May 24, 1996.