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Connecticut Laws | Title 13b Transportation
CHAPTER 242* TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
Sec. 13b-4b. Commissioner's duties and responsibilities re railroads.

Sec. 13b-4b. Commissioner's duties and responsibilities re railroads. (35)(Text)

Wherever the term "Public Utilities Control Authority" occurs or is referred to in chapters 245, 245a and 245b relating to the duties and responsibilities of said authority, it shall be deemed to mean or refer to the Commissioner of Transportation. (36)

Sec. 13b-4c. Certifications re transportation programs for elderly or handicapped. (37)(Text)

Notwithstanding any section of the general statutes to the contrary, no state agency, other than the Department of Transportation, shall expend funds in support of, or make state property available for use in, any transportation program for the elderly or the handicapped unless the Commissioner of Transportation certifies, in writing, that: (1) The commissioner has reviewed and concurs in such expenditure or use; (2) such expenditure or use is consistent with the transportation policies of the state; and (3) such expenditure or use will not result in the unnecessary duplication of service. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any transportation service not available to the general public that is provided by any such program. (38)

Sec. 13b-4d. Commissioner's power to declare a state of emergency. (39)(Text)

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation may declare a state of emergency and may employ, in any manner, such assistance as he may require to restore any railroad owned by the state or any of its subdivisions or the facilities, equipment or service of such railroad, or any transit system or its facilities, equipment or service, or any airport when: (1) A railroad system owned by the state or any of its subdivisions or any of the facilities or equipment of such railroad system is deemed by the commissioner to be in an unsafe condition or when there is an interruption of essential railroad services, whether or not such system or any of its facilities or equipment is physically damaged; (2) a transit facility owned by the state or any of its subdivisions or the equipment of such facility is damaged as a result of a natural disaster or incurs substantial casualty loss which results in what is deemed by the commissioner to be an unsafe condition or when there is an interruption of essential transit services; or (3) an airport owned or operated by the state or any of its subdivisions or the equipment of such airport is damaged as a result of a natural disaster or incurs substantial casualty loss which results in what is deemed by the commissioner to be an unsafe condition or when there is an interruption of essential transit services. (40)

(b) When a privately-owned railroad system, its facility or equipment is damaged as a result of a natural disaster or incurs substantial casualty loss which results in an unsafe condition or the interruption of essential railroad service, the railroad company may request the commissioner to declare a state of emergency, and said commissioner may comply with such request and may provide assistance to such railroad company in any manner he deems necessary to restore said railroad system, facility, equipment or service. (41)

Secs. 13b-5 to 13b-9. Deputy commissioner. Departmental organization. Deputy commissioners of bureaus. Bureau of Planning and Research. Bureau of Administration. (42)(Text)

Sections 13b-5 to 13b-9, inclusive, are repealed. (43)

Sec. 13b-10. Employees. (44)(Text)

The commissioner may, subject to the provisions of chapter 67, employ such agents, assistants and employees as he deems necessary to carry out his duties and responsibilities. He may retain and employ other consultants and assistants on a contract or other basis for rendering legal, financial, technical or other assistance and advice. (45)

Sec. 13b-10a. Transfer of employees connected with livery service. (46)(Text)

The employees formerly assigned duties connected with livery service under chapter 244b shall be transferred from the Department of Public Utility Control to the Department of Transportation pursuant to section 4-38d. (47)

Sec. 13b-11. Connecticut Transportation Authority. (48)(Text)

Section 13b-11 is repealed. (49)

Sec. 13b-11a. Connecticut Public Transportation Commission. (50)(Text)

(a) There shall be in the Department of Transportation a Connecticut Public Transportation Commission which shall be a successor to the Connecticut Public Transportation Authority and which shall consist of nineteen members, who are electors of the state. Eleven of such members shall be appointed by the Governor, one of whom shall be a representative of business and industry and a regular user of railroad or truck freight service; one a regular commuter using railroad passenger service; one a regular bus user; one who is permanently mobility impaired and a frequent bus user; one a working member of a railroad labor union; one a working member of a bus labor union; one a representative of railroad company management; one a representative of trucking company management; two representatives from separate local transit districts and one a person sixty years of age or older. The remaining eight members shall have a background or interest in public transportation and be appointed as follows: Two by the president pro tempore of the Senate; two by the minority leader of the Senate; two by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and two by the minority leader of the House of Representatives. The Commissioner of Transportation, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the cochairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation, or their respective designees, shall serve as nonvoting, ex-officio members of the commission. The term of each member of the commission shall be four years. The term of any member who was appointed by the Governor and who is serving on the commission on October 1, 1985, shall expire December 31, 1985. The term of any member who was appointed by any legislator and who is serving on the board on October 1, 1985, shall expire December 31, 1987. Vacancies on said commission shall be filled for the remainder of the term in the same manner as original appointments. (51)

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