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SB 2514 — Bicycle and Pedestrian Ways

by Appropriations Committee

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Appropriations Committee (AP)

The bill authorizes the use of statewide transportation revenues by the Florida Department of Transportation for the cost of planning, land acquisition, design and construction of multi-use trails.

The department is required to give funding priority to projects identified by the Florida Greenways and Trails Council as a priority within the Florida Greenways and Trails System under ch. 260, F.S., which support the transportation needs of bicyclists and pedestrians; have national, statewide, or regional importance; and facilitate an interconnected system by completing gaps between existing trails.

Priority projects recommended for funding must be included in the department’s tentative work program developed pursuant to s. 339.135, F.S.; and, after the construction is complete, there is no further obligation of the department to provide funds for the operation and maintenance of the trail.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2014.

Vote: Senate 39-0; House 113-4