Florida Senate - 2018              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. CS for SB 852
       Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations
       (Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and
       Economic Development)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to transportation infrastructure;
    3         creating s. 316.0899, F.S.; defining the terms “grid
    4         integrated vehicle” and “matching funds”; creating the
    5         program within the Department of Transportation;
    6         providing program goals; providing grant eligibility
    7         requirements; requiring the department to issue a
    8         request for proposals by a specified date; providing
    9         proposal requirements; providing requirements for the
   10         award of grants and the use of grant funds; providing
   11         reporting requirements; requiring administrative
   12         support by the department; authorizing the department
   13         to select an independent nongovernmental entity to
   14         assist in project construction, management, and
   15         evaluation for specified purposes; providing
   16         requirements for the nongovernmental entity; providing
   17         an appropriation; requiring the Florida Transportation
   18         Commission to review all sources of revenue for
   19         transportation infrastructure and maintenance projects
   20         and prepare a report to the Governor and the
   21         Legislature when the commission determines that
   22         electric and hybrid vehicles make up a certain
   23         percentage or more of the total number of vehicles
   24         registered in this state; authorizing the commission,
   25         in consultation with the Department of Highway Safety
   26         and Motor Vehicles, to use certain commercially
   27         available data; providing minimum reporting
   28         requirements; requiring the commission, in
   29         consultation with the Division of Emergency
   30         Management, to make an assessment of transportation
   31         infrastructure with respect to emergency evacuations
   32         and electric vehicles; specifying requirements for the
   33         report; requiring the report to be submitted to the
   34         Governor and the Legislature no later than a certain
   35         date; authorizing the commission to undertake and
   36         complete the review before the specified percentage
   37         threshold is reached, under certain circumstances;
   38         amending s. 339.175, F.S.; requiring a long-range
   39         transportation plan to consider infrastructure and
   40         technological improvements necessary to accommodate
   41         the increased use of autonomous technology and
   42         electric vehicles; providing an effective date.
   44  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   46         Section 1. Section 316.0899, Florida Statutes, is created
   47  to read:
   48         316.0899Florida Smart City Challenge Grant Program.—
   49         (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
   50         (a) “Grid-integrated vehicle” means a motor vehicle that
   51  has the ability for two-way power flow between the vehicle and
   52  the electric grid and the communications hardware and software
   53  that allow for external control of battery charging and
   54  discharging.
   55         (b) “Matching funds” includes in-kind services, goods,
   56  equipment, or other noncash contributions calculated at fair
   57  market value.
   58         (2)CREATION; GOALS.—The Florida Smart City Challenge Grant
   59  Program is created within the Department of Transportation. The
   60  goals of the grant program include, but are not limited to:
   61         (a)Providing opportunities to municipalities and other
   62  regions of the state to develop innovative smart mobility
   63  solutions to local transportation challenges.
   64         (b)Deploying smart city technology that has an immediate
   65  impact on the safe and efficient movement of people and goods
   66  within municipalities and other regions of the state.
   67         (c)Advancing autonomous, connected, grid-integrated, and
   68  electric vehicle readiness and deployment throughout the state.
   69         (d)Providing enhanced education and workforce development
   70  opportunities by deploying emerging technologies that support
   71  the state’s future workforce.
   72         (e)Meeting the mobility needs of residents of this state,
   73  particularly transportation disadvantaged persons as defined in
   74  s. 427.011, by increasing access to and convenience of
   75  transportation within municipalities and other regions of the
   76  state.
   77         (f)Facilitating the efficient movement of freight within
   78  the state, especially in and around airports and seaports.
   79         (g)Supporting the reduction or elimination of fossil fuel
   80  consumption by relying on renewable energy sources and electric
   81  technologies.
   82         (h)Creating a smart mobility demonstration community in
   83  the state that serves as a model for municipalities and other
   84  regions nationwide.
   86         (a)The following entities may apply to the Department of
   87  Transportation for a grant to fund projects under the Florida
   88  Smart City Challenge Grant Program:
   89         1.A state, county, municipal, regional, or other agency
   90  that is responsible for the movement of persons, goods, or
   91  services within a defined geographical region, including an
   92  entity created pursuant to chapter 343, chapter 348, or chapter
   93  349.
   94         2.A metropolitan planning organization or transportation
   95  planning organization. Each entity responsible for deploying or
   96  operating the project on behalf of a metropolitan planning
   97  organization or transportation planning organization must submit
   98  a letter to the department detailing its commitment to the
   99  implementation, operation, and maintenance of the project.
  100         3.A state university.
  101         (b)An applicant for a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant
  102  must have in place a plan or framework for the implementation of
  103  the proposed project in at least one of the following
  104  categories:
  105         1.Autonomous vehicle deployment or demonstration.
  106         2.Connected vehicle technology deployment.
  107         3.Shared mobility services innovation and deployment.
  108         4.Acceleration of the use of plug-in electric vehicles and
  109  electric charging infrastructure, including deployment of grid
  110  integrated vehicles.
  111         (4)PROPOSALS.—By September 1, 2018, the Department of
  112  Transportation shall issue a request for proposals for the award
  113  of a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant. Each proposal submitted
  114  to the department must include:
  115         (a)A statement by the applicant certifying that the
  116  project will be implemented and operational within 2 years after
  117  receipt of the grant.
  118         (b)A plan for fulfilling documentation requirements under
  119  the department’s Statewide Systems Engineering Management Plan
  120  within such 2-year period.
  121         (c)A description of how operation and maintenance costs
  122  for the project will be funded in order to ensure that the
  123  department’s investment in the project is sustained.
  124         (d)A plan for evaluation of the project and the methods by
  125  which such evaluation will be shared with residents of the area
  126  served by the project.
  127         (e)The procedure for integrating the project’s
  128  transportation-related data into the department’s Data
  129  Integration and Video Aggregation System.
  130         (5)AWARD OF GRANTS.—The Department of Transportation shall
  131  award a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant to at least three
  132  recipients. Each award may not exceed $6 million. The department
  133  shall distribute the award to each recipient by January 1, 2019.
  134         (a)The grant may fund up to 50 percent of project costs.
  135  At least 10 percent of project costs must be funded by the grant
  136  recipient. Grant funds must be used exclusively for startup
  137  costs, including, but not limited to, acquisition of hardware,
  138  software, and assets associated with implementation of the
  139  project, and may not be used for costs associated with operation
  140  or maintenance of the project.
  141         (b)In selecting grant recipients, the department shall
  142  give priority to those proposals that demonstrate the
  143  availability of matching funds from partner organizations to
  144  fund project costs and that include a plan for documenting the
  145  acquisition and expenditure of such matching funds.
  146         1.The department shall give further priority to those
  147  proposals that include matching funds from private-sector
  148  partner organizations; however, local public funds may also be
  149  used.
  150         2.Matching funds may be used for costs associated with
  151  operation, maintenance, and evaluation of the project.
  152         3.A grant recipient that receives matching funds must
  153  document the contribution of such funds in a quarterly report
  154  that details the manner in which the value of such contribution
  155  is calculated.
  157         (a)Each recipient of a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant
  158  shall submit a quarterly report to the Department of
  159  Transportation regarding the development, implementation, and
  160  operation of the project. Such report must include information
  161  documented pursuant to subparagraph (5)(b)3.
  162         (b)The Department of Transportation must submit a
  163  quarterly report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker
  164  of the House of Representatives regarding the overall status of
  165  the grant program.
  166         (c)After implementation of the project is complete, each
  167  recipient must submit an initial report to the Governor, the
  168  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
  169  Representatives which details the project’s impact on the
  170  transportation system within the area served by the project, the
  171  extent to which the goals of the grant program have been met,
  172  and recommendations for project revisions or improvements to
  173  guide future deployment activities. A final report must be
  174  submitted 2 years after submission of the initial report.
  175         (7)ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT.—The Department of
  176  Transportation shall provide administrative support to the
  177  Florida Smart City Challenge Grant Program in order to
  178  facilitate the deployment of smart city technology within the
  179  state, including, but not limited to, expedited review of
  180  proposals submitted under subsection (4). The department may
  181  select an independent nongovernmental entity to assist in
  182  project construction, management, and evaluation; to oversee the
  183  implementation of the project; and to analyze and document
  184  lessons learned during, and benefits derived from,
  185  implementation of the project. The nongovernmental entity must
  186  have experience with the national Smart Cities Initiative,
  187  advanced transportation deployment experience in this state,
  188  extensive engineering experience, or expertise in stakeholder
  189  engagement of potential partners to create a demonstration
  190  community as described in paragraph (2)(h).
  191         Section 2. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the sum of $15
  192  million in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the State
  193  Transportation Trust Fund to the Department of Transportation
  194  for the purpose of implementing s. 316.0899, Florida Statutes.
  195         Section 3. Florida Transportation Commission review;
  196  electric and hybrid vehicles report.—
  197         (1)(a)The Florida Transportation Commission shall review
  198  all sources of revenue for transportation infrastructure and
  199  maintenance projects and prepare a report to the Governor and
  200  the Legislature when the commission determines that electric
  201  vehicles, as defined in s. 320.01(36), Florida Statutes, and
  202  hybrid vehicles, as defined in s. 316.0741, Florida Statutes,
  203  make up 2 percent or more of the total number of vehicles
  204  registered in this state.
  205         (b)The commission, in consultation with the Department of
  206  Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, may use commercially
  207  available data that the commission deems reliable to support its
  208  determination and report. The report must, at a minimum, assess
  209  the effect of projected electric and hybrid vehicle use in this
  210  state on future revenue from existing taxes, fees, and
  211  surcharges related to nonelectric, private-use motorcycles,
  212  mopeds, automobiles, tri-vehicles, and trucks.
  213         (c)The commission, in consultation with the Division of
  214  Emergency Management, shall also make an assessment of
  215  transportation infrastructure with respect to emergency
  216  evacuations and electric vehicles, including, but not limited
  217  to, the availability of electric vehicle charging stations in
  218  this state.
  219         (2)The report must include recommendations to the
  220  Legislature:
  221         (a)To ensure continued funding for necessary maintenance
  222  that provides for adequate levels of service on existing
  223  transportation infrastructure;
  224         (b)To accomplish improvements and capacity projects on
  225  transportation infrastructure which meet the demand from
  226  projected population and economic growth; and
  227         (c) To accomplish necessary improvements to transportation
  228  infrastructure that would support emergency evacuations by users
  229  of electric vehicles.
  230         (3)The report shall be submitted to the Governor and the
  231  Legislature no later than September 1 of the year immediately
  232  after the year in which the commission determines that electric
  233  vehicles, as defined in s. 320.01(36), Florida Statutes, and
  234  hybrid vehicles, as defined in s. 316.0741, Florida Statutes,
  235  make up 2 percent or more of the total number of vehicles
  236  registered in this state.
  237         (4)Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section,
  238  the commission may undertake and complete the review and report
  239  before the 2-percent threshold is reached if the commission
  240  finds that earlier completion is appropriate to maintain a
  241  financially stable, long-term transportation work program.
  242         Section 4. Paragraph (c) of subsection (7) of section
  243  339.175, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  244         339.175 Metropolitan planning organization.—
  245         (7) LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN.—Each M.P.O. must
  246  develop a long-range transportation plan that addresses at least
  247  a 20-year planning horizon. The plan must include both long
  248  range and short-range strategies and must comply with all other
  249  state and federal requirements. The prevailing principles to be
  250  considered in the long-range transportation plan are: preserving
  251  the existing transportation infrastructure; enhancing Florida’s
  252  economic competitiveness; and improving travel choices to ensure
  253  mobility. The long-range transportation plan must be consistent,
  254  to the maximum extent feasible, with future land use elements
  255  and the goals, objectives, and policies of the approved local
  256  government comprehensive plans of the units of local government
  257  located within the jurisdiction of the M.P.O. Each M.P.O. is
  258  encouraged to consider strategies that integrate transportation
  259  and land use planning to provide for sustainable development and
  260  reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The approved long-range
  261  transportation plan must be considered by local governments in
  262  the development of the transportation elements in local
  263  government comprehensive plans and any amendments thereto. The
  264  long-range transportation plan must, at a minimum:
  265         (c) Assess capital investment and other measures necessary
  266  to:
  267         1. Ensure the preservation of the existing metropolitan
  268  transportation system including requirements for the operation,
  269  resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation of major roadways
  270  and requirements for the operation, maintenance, modernization,
  271  and rehabilitation of public transportation facilities; and
  272         2. Make the most efficient use of existing transportation
  273  facilities to relieve vehicular congestion, improve safety, and
  274  maximize the mobility of people and goods. Such efforts must
  275  include, but are not limited to, consideration of infrastructure
  276  and technological improvements necessary to accommodate advances
  277  in vehicle technology, such as the increased use of autonomous
  278  technology and electric vehicles, and other developments.
  280  In the development of its long-range transportation plan, each
  281  M.P.O. must provide the public, affected public agencies,
  282  representatives of transportation agency employees, freight
  283  shippers, providers of freight transportation services, private
  284  providers of transportation, representatives of users of public
  285  transit, and other interested parties with a reasonable
  286  opportunity to comment on the long-range transportation plan.
  287  The long-range transportation plan must be approved by the
  288  M.P.O.
  289         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.