PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 542
PRINTER'S NO. 1533
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY MARSHALL, AUMENT, BAKER, CAUSER, CUTLER, DENLINGER, EVANKOVICH, GINGRICH, GODSHALL, GROVE, C. HARRIS, HICKERNELL, KAUFFMAN, F. KELLER, M. K. KELLER, KORTZ, MATZIE, MICOZZIE, MILLER, MOUL, PICKETT, QUINN, ROCK, SAYLOR, SIMMONS, SWANGER, WATSON, GABLER, PEIFER AND MURT, FEBRUARY 5, 2013
AS REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AS AMENDED, APRIL 17, 2013
1Requiring certain large mass transit agencies to purchase buses
2that meet certain criteria within a specific implementation
3schedule; and providing for the powers and duties of the
4Department of Transportation.
7Section 1. Short title.
10Section 2. Definitions.
8(2) <-Provides provides regularly scheduled transportation
9that is available to the general public and is provided
10according to published schedules along designated published
11routes with specified stopping points for the taking on and
12discharging of passengers, including public buses. The term
13does not include a commuter rail system, exclusive ride taxi
14service, charter or sightseeing service, nonpublic
15transportation, school bus or limousine service.
16"Natural gas." Gas issued from the Earth's crust through
17natural openings or bored wells and that is typically a
18combustible mixture of methane and other hydrocarbons used
19chiefly as a fuel and raw material. The term includes the
20compressed form and liquefied form of natural gas.
<-21Section 3. New bus requirements.
24(1) Is manufactured in the United States of America.
25(2) Uses natural gas as its fuel source.
13Section 4. Enforcement.
<-16Section 3. Feasibility.
17(a) General rule.--
18(1) The department, as soon as practicable, upon the
19effective date of this section, shall complete a feasibility
20analysis, either independently or with a private or nonprofit
21entity or business or college or university, to determine the
23(i) A cost-benefit analysis to transition existing
24bus fleet, or a portion of existing bus fleet based upon
25existing facility and space constraints for fueling
26stations, to compressed or liquefied form of natural gas,
3(2) The department shall submit a copy of the final
4feasibility analysis to the chairman and minority chairman of
5the Transportation Committee of the Senate and the chairman
6and minority chairman of the Transportation Committee of the
7House of Representatives.
8(3) The department shall determine whether the
9feasibility analysis outlined in paragraph (1) shall study
10the potential transition to compressed natural gas, liquid
11natural gas or both forms of natural gas and the other
12material parameters for the feasibility analysis.
13(4) If the large mass transit agency, based upon the
14feasibility analysis as outlined in paragraphs (1) and (3),
15determines an effective transition to compressed or liquefied
16natural gas buses, in whole or in part, can be completed and
17it is determined that a dedicated funding source has been
18identified or secured to build the infrastructure for the
19large mass transit agency to safely utilize natural gas, the
20large mass transit agency shall then communicate with the
21department to develop, coordinate and initiate a reasonable
22and effective method and schedule to convert or purchase
23buses, in whole or in part, that utilize natural gas. If the
24mass transit agency, based upon the feasibility analysis
25outlined in paragraph (1), determines that it cannot
26effectively transition to compressed or liquefied natural gas
27buses, in whole or in part, due to a lack of a dedicated
28funding source necessary to build the infrastructure needs or
29for other legitimate and good faith reasons set forth in the
30analysis, the large mass transit agency shall not be
3(b) Exceptions.--Nothing in this section shall require a
4large mass transit agency to transition to compressed or
5liquefied natural gas buses, in whole or in part, if any one of
6the following is met:
7(1) The large mass transit agency would have to obtain a
8bond, loan or incur other long-term debt to complete the
9transition, except for any loan specifically designed by law
10for this purpose, such as contained in the act of ,
11(P.L. , No. ), known as the Clean Transit Act, or
12other similar legislation.
16(3) The transition to compressed or liquefied natural
17gas buses would violate any Federal law, regulation or grant
18agreement with the Federal Transit Administration as a
19condition to receiving and continuing to receive Federal
20transit financial assistance, including, but not limited to,
21the applicable provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act
22of 1964 (Public Law 88-352, 78 Stat. 241).
26(5) The large mass transit agency intends to design,
27build, operate and maintain a combined heating and power
28plant which would utilize a combustion turbine engine to burn
29natural gas that produces electricity for a traction power
30substation on a regional rail line and the combined heating
4Section <-5 4. Regulations.
8Section <-6 20. Effective date.
9This act shall take effect in 60 days.