Legal Aspects of Transit and Intermodal Transportation Programs. Topic 19-01. Legal Issues Regarding Multijurisdictional Transit Agencies

The objective of this research is to produce a legal research digest that provides guidance to stakeholders on the legal issues and decisions that need to be addressed when considering or negotiating multijurisdictional agreements relating to funding and service.  At a minimum, the digest should address the following topics: (1) Legal authorities and frameworks governing various aspects of intergovernmental funding and service, including the types of agreements available to state, regional and local transit agencies, and specific federal and state laws that may apply;  (2) Common, transit-relevant legal issues that arise when either funding or service agreements of this type are considered; (3) Specific examples of multijurisdictional legal issues encountered  among stakeholders, including local governments and regional transit agencies and how those issues were resolved; (4) Samples of successful provisions from these types of agreements that address issues related to funding and service; and (5) Interview results from representatives of interjurisdictional transit agencies that have addressed these types of multijurisdictional issues, including lessons learned and best practices. Subtopics within this research should include but are not limited to: (1) How cost allocation has been addressed in these types of  service related agreements; (2) Implementation of these types of agreements; and (3) Policing and operation within multiple jurisdictions and/or outside of service territories. This research is intended to update and complement TCRP Legal Research Digest 42: Transit Agency Intergovernmental Agreements: Common Issues and Solutions that addresses transit-related issues with the potential to require intensive and time-consuming negotiations related to the development of intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) and memoranda of understandings (MOUs).


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $50000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-05, Topic 19-01

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Start Date: 20201214
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01712249
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-05, Topic 19-01
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 22 2019 10:22PM