||July 1, 2008, for Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin,
Ramsey, and Washington counties. This tax expired on September 30, 2017, after
the five counties voted to terminate the joint power agreement.
|Allowed uses of the tax proceeds
Transportation improvements including capital
costs and capital improvements to transit ways such as commuter rail
rolling stock, light rail vehicles, transit way buses, and park-and-ride
facilities. Other allowed uses include studies to determine feasibility,
planning, alternatives analysis, environmental impact, engineering,
property acquisition for transit way purchases, construction of transit
ways, and operating assistance for transit ways. Up to 1.25 percent of the
total awards may be annually allocated for planning, studies, design,
construction, maintenance, and operation of pedestrian programs and bicycle
programs and pathways.
The 2014 law required that for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the Metropolitan Council receives at least 75 percent
of the amount of revenue it received for operating transitways that it received under a June 30, 2011, operating
grant agreement. It also established that the priority of the fund use to be (1) payment of debt issued prior to
January 1, 2011, and then (2) other authorized projects.