Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority (Watch) 

Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority (Watch) 

CS/HB 535 (Avila) and SB 1200 (Young) create a Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority within the Department of Transportation that is solely responsible for the design and construction of alternative transportation systems. The bills define “alternative transportation system” as a system of infrastructure, appurtenances and technology designed to move the greatest number of people in the least amount of time. Beginning in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the bills reallocate $60 million in documentary stamp taxes currently allocated to the Florida Rail Enterprise. Of the $60 million, the bills allocate $25 million each to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority and Miami-Dade County. The remaining $10 million may be used in any county or counties. (Branch)