Florida Senate - 2018 SB 770 By Senator Garcia 36-00099-18 2018770__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the transportation disadvantaged; 3 amending s. 427.0155, F.S.; authorizing community 4 transportation coordinators, in cooperation with the 5 coordinating board, to plan for and use regional fare 6 payment systems under certain circumstances which 7 enhance cross-county mobility for specified purposes 8 for certain persons who are unable to transport 9 themselves or to purchase transportation; amending s. 10 427.0157, F.S.; requiring each coordinating board to 11 evaluate multicounty or regional transportation 12 opportunities to include regional fare payment 13 systems, when available, which enhance cross-county 14 mobility for specified purposes for such persons; 15 providing an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Subsection (10) is added to section 427.0155, 20 Florida Statutes, to read: 21 427.0155 Community transportation coordinators; powers and 22 duties.—Community transportation coordinators shall have the 23 following powers and duties: 24 (10) In cooperation with the coordinating board, plan for 25 and use regional fare payment systems when available and cost 26 effective, which enhance cross-county mobility for the 27 transportation disadvantaged to access employment, health care, 28 education, shopping, or other life-sustaining services across 29 one or more county lines. 30 Section 2. Subsection (6) of section 427.0157, Florida 31 Statutes, is amended to read: 32 427.0157 Coordinating boards; powers and duties.—The 33 purpose of each coordinating board is to develop local service 34 needs and to provide information, advice, and direction to the 35 community transportation coordinators on the coordination of 36 services to be provided to the transportation disadvantaged. The 37 commission shall, by rule, establish the membership of 38 coordinating boards. The members of each board shall be 39 appointed by the metropolitan planning organization or 40 designated official planning agency. The appointing authority 41 shall provide each board with sufficient staff support and 42 resources to enable the board to fulfill its responsibilities 43 under this section. Each board shall meet at least quarterly and 44 shall: 45 (6) Evaluate multicounty or regional transportation 46 opportunities to include regional fare payment systems, when 47 available, which enhance cross-county mobility for the 48 transportation disadvantaged to access employment, health care, 49 education, shopping, or other life-sustaining services across 50 one or more county lines. 51 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.