Wis. Admin. Code Department of Transportation § Trans 4.09 - Planning requirements

The following requirements apply to all eligible applicants receiving assistance under s. 85.20, Stats.:

(1) TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. The applicant shall prepare and submit annually to the department a 4-year transit development program, in the form and manner prescribed by the department.
(2) PERFORMANCE GOALS. The applicant shall establish annual service and performance goals for the coming 4 project years and assess the effectiveness of its operations in relation to those goals. The goals shall be submitted to the department as a part of the application for state aids. At a minimum, systemwide goals shall be established for the following performance indicators:
(a) The ratio of passengers, as expressed in unlinked trips to service area population.
(b) The ratio of operating expenses to passengers, as expressed in unlinked trips.
(c) The ratio of operating expenses to revenue hours.
(d) The ratio of revenues to operating expenses.
(e) The ratio of passengers, as expressed in unlinked trips, to revenue hours.
(f) The ratio of revenue hours to service area population.
(3) TRANSIT MANAGEMENT PLAN. The applicant shall submit a transit management plan annually that meets the requirements of s. Trans 4.07(1m). Each mass transit system's policies and activities shall conform at all times to the transit management plan for the current project year. The applicant shall report to the department any proposed deviations from the transit management plan and shall not implement them prior to department concurrence. The department shall determine if a formal amendment to the transit management plan is required in all cases. The department may require the applicant to hold a public hearing on the proposed change prior to approving the proposal.
(4) COST EFFICIENCY STANDARDS.
(a) The department shall assess the performance of each transit system receiving aid under the program on an annual basis, using the 6 performance indicators defined in sub. (2).
(b) The department will assign each mass transit system to a peer group based on operating characteristic similarities.
(c) The department shall establish standards for each of the 6 performance measures defined in sub. (2) based on arithmetic means, for each peer group. Systems that are within one standard deviation of the arithmetic mean shall be judged as in compliance with the standard for the measure. Systems whose performance is better than the one standard deviation shall also be judged as in compliance with the standard for the measure. Systems that meet the standards for 4 of the 6 performance measures shall be deemed in compliance with the cost efficiency standards, and no further action will be taken.
(d) If a transit system does not meet the cost efficiency standards as defined under par. (c), the department shall perform a time-trend analysis, analyzing the 6 performance measures over the most recent 5-year period. Data used will be the data from the preceding calendar year. A system showing improvement in 4 of the 6 indicators shall be deemed in compliance with the cost efficiency standards, and no further action will be taken.
(e) If a transit system does not meet the cost efficiency standards as defined under pars. (c) and (d), an assessment shall be made of the implementation status of recommendations made in the system's most recent management performance audit. A system which has made significant progress in implementing the majority of recommendations targeted at improving efficiency shall be deemed in compliance with the cost efficiency standards, and no further action will be taken.
(f) If a transit system does not meet the cost efficiency standards as defined under pars. (c) to (e), the following actions shall be taken:
1. If management performance audit recommendations have not been implemented, the department shall provide technical assistance to aid in the implementation of the recommendations. If consultant services are necessary, the transit system shall pay the nonfederal share of the consultant's costs.
2. If a management performance audit has not been conducted within the last 3 years, the department shall schedule an audit as soon as possible.
(g) Systems deemed out of compliance with the cost efficiency standards as defined in pars. (c) to (e) shall be given a 3-year period in which to comply before being assessed a revenue penalty. After 3 years of noncompliance, a 10% revenue penalty shall be imposed, which will limit state aids to 90% of the state aid the system would have been entitled to if it were in compliance with the cost efficiency standards. The penalty shall remain in effect until the system comes into compliance.

Notes

Wis. Admin. Code Department of Transportation § Trans 4.09
Cr. Register, May, 1982, No. 317, eff. 6-1-82; renum. to be (intro.) and (1), cr. (2) and (3), Register, August, 1990, No. 416, eff. 9-1-90; am. (2) (intro.), (a) to (c) and (e) and cr. (2) (f), Register, November, 2000, No. 539, eff. 12-1-00; cr. (4), Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01. Amended by, CR 18-065: am. (intro.), (1), (2) (intro.), r. and recr. (3), renum. (4) (b) (intro.) to (4) (b) and am., r. (4) (b) 1. to 6., am. (4) (c), (d), (f) 1 Register October 2020 No. 778, eff. 11/1/2020.

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