|Senate Counsel & Research||State of Minnesota|
|S.F. No. 1411 - Paratransit Services|
|Author:||Senator D. Scott Dibble|
|Prepared by:||Bonnie Berezovsky, Senate Counsel (651/296-9191)
Krista Boyd, Fiscal Analyst (651/296-7681)
|Date:||March 6, 2007|
Section 2 specifies service standards required for paratransit providers that receive assistance under the public transit participation program. Eligible providers must:
Allow passengers to schedule trips up to four days in advance;
Guarantee same-day service for trips up to 25 miles; and
Provide service at least 14 hours per day, unless that level of service is already
provided in the area.
Section 3 directs the commissioner to facilitate creation of partnerships among various types of paratransit providers.
Section 4 requires service providers to enter into intercounty service agreements so passengers can travel up to 50 miles without paying a supplemental fare. The commissioner must work with state agencies to facilitate reimbursement of these trips.
Section 5 requires the commissioner to support the operation of one-stop regional call centers.
Section 6 adds to the duties of the Metropolitan Council the mandating of paratransit providers to meet the service requirements in section 2.
Section 7 gives effect to sections 1 and 3 on July 1, 2007. Sections 2, 4, 5, and 6 take effect January 1, 2010.
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