Amendment #43 to H.3382

Project Selection Criteria

Representatives Jones of North Reading, Peterson of Grafton, Hill of Ipswich, Poirier of North Attleborough and deMacedo of Plymouth move that the bill be amended by inserting after SECTION 4 (as printed) the following section:-

“SECTION X. Section 11 of chapter 6C of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking the second sentence and inserting in place thereof the following:-

The plan shall be consistent with the project selection criteria as established by section 11B.”.

; and further, by striking in SECTION 5 (as printed), in line 30, the word “section” and inserting in place thereof the following: - “sections”

; and further, by inserting in said SECTION 5, in line 38, after the word “operations.” the following:-

“Section 11B. (a) In order to provide a fair and transparent effort to maintain and repair the transportation assets within the commonwealth, there shall be a project selection advisory council charged with developing a uniform, project selection criteria to be used in the development of a comprehensive state transportation plan, as required by section 11.

(b) The council shall consist of the following members: the secretary or his designee, who shall serve as chair; 3 members appointed by the governor, one of whom shall have practical experience in transportation planning and policy, one of whom shall be a registered civil engineer with at least 10 years experience, and one of whom shall be a member of a regional planning agency; 1 member appointed by the president of the senate, who shall be an expert in the field of transportation finance; 1 member appointed by the minority leader of the senate, who shall be a member of the construction industry; 1 member appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, who shall be a representative of a transportation consumer organization or other public interest organization; 1 member appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives, who shall be a member of a business association; and a representative of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. The department shall provide the council with qualified administrative staff and the regional planning agencies may provide qualified technical assistance to the council. The council shall hold its first meeting no later January 1, 2014 and all meetings of the council shall comply with chapter 30A.

(c) The project selection criteria developed pursuant to this section shall include a project priority formula or other data-driven process that includes, but shall not be limited to, the following factors: engineering factors; condition of existing assets; safety; economic impact; regional priorities; and the anticipated cost of the project. The council may divide projects into several categories, including but not limited to: preservation and maintenance of existing assets; modernization of existing assets that improve safety; expansion projects that add to the existing system; and local construction. The factors chosen by the council may be weighted to prioritize specific factors, and such weighting of factors may differ by project category, as determined by the council.

(d) The council shall conduct at least 6 public hearings, one in each of the department’s highway districts, prior to the final approve of the project selection criteria. The council shall give interested persons an opportunity to submit their views orally and in writing, and the department may create and maintain a website to allow members of the public to submit comments electronically and review comments submitted by others. The council shall give notice of each public hearing by publishing a notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the highway district in which the hearing is to be located in each of two successive weeks, the first publication to be at least fourteen days before the day of the hearing, and, if feasible, by posting a notice in a conspicuous place in the cities or towns with the highway district for at least the fourteen consecutive days immediately prior to the day of the hearing.

(e) Final approval of the project selection criteria shall be completed by December 31, 2014, and copies of said criteria shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on transportation.”.