Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 105 Part 3.djvu/54

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105 STAT. 1938 PUBLIC LAW 102-240—DEC. 18, 1991 Federal environmental requirements have been complied with and permits obtained. The amount loaned shall be subordinated to other debt financing for the facility except for loans made by the State or any other public agency to the agency constructing the facility. Funds loaned pursuant to this section may be obligated for projects eligible under this section. The repayment of any such loan shall commence not more than 5 years after the facility has opened to traffic. Any such loan shall bear interest at the average rate the State's pooled investment fund earned in the 52 weeks preceding the start of repayment. The term of any such loan shall not exceed 30 years from the time the loan was obligated. Amounts repaid to a State from any loan made under this section may be obligated for any purpose for which the loaned funds were available. The Secretary shall establish procedures and guidelines for making such loans. "(8) INITIAL CONSTRUCTION DEFINED.—For purposes of this subsection, the term 'initial construction' means the construction of a highway, bridge, or tunnel at any time before it is open to traffic and does not include any improvement to a highway, bridge, or tunnel after it is open to traffic". 23 USC 149 note. (b) CONGESTION PRICING PiLOT PROGRAM.— (1) The Secretary shall solicit the participation of State and local governments and public authorities for one or more congestion pricing pilot projects. The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with as many as 5 such State or local governments or public authorities to establish, maintain, and monitor congestion pricing projects. (2) Notwithstanding section 129 of title 23, United States Code, the Federal share payable for such programs shall be 80 percent. The Secretary shall fund all of the development and other start up costs of such projects, including salaries and expenses, for a period of at least 1 year, and thereafter until such time that sufficient revenues are being generated by the program to fund its operating costs without Federal participation, except that the Secretary may not fund any project for more than 3 years. (3) Revenues generated by any pilot project under this subsection must be applied to projects eligible under such title. (4) Notwithstanding sections 129 and 301 of title 23, United States Code, the Secretary shall allow the use of tolls on the Interstate System as part of a pilot program under this section, but not on more than 3 of such programs. Reports. (5) The Secretary shall monitor the effect of such projects for a period of at least 10 years, and shall report to the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate and the Committee on Public Works and Transportation of the House of Representatives every 2 years on the effects such programs are having on driver behavior, traffic, volume, transit ridership, air quality, and availability of funds for transportation programs. (6) Of the sums made available to the Secretary pursuant to section 104(a) of title 23, United States Code, not to exceed $25,000,000 shall be made available each fiscal year to carry out the requirements of this subsection. Not more than $15,000,000 of such amounts shall be made available to carry out each pilot project under this section. (c) ELIMINATION OF PUBLIC OPERATION REQUIREMENT FOR TOLL 23 USC 129. FERRIES.— Section 129 of such title is amended— (1) by striking subsections (b), (c), (d), (e), (h), (i), and (k);