S.B. No. 2248
  relating to the development and operation of an aerial cable car or
  aerial tramway by a regional mobility authority created by a
         SECTION 1.  Sections 370.003(8) and (14), Transportation
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
               (8)  "Governmental entity" means a political
  subdivision of the state, including a municipality or a county, a
  political subdivision of a county, a group of adjoining counties, a
  district organized or operating under Section 52, Article III, or
  Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution, the department or
  another state agency, a rail district, a transit authority, a
  nonprofit corporation, including a transportation corporation,
  that is created under Chapter 431, or any other public entity or
               (14)  "Transportation project" means:
                     (A)  a turnpike project;
                     (B)  a system;
                     (C)  a passenger or freight rail facility,
                           (i)  tracks;
                           (ii)  a rail line;
                           (iii)  switching, signaling, or other
  operating equipment;
                           (iv)  a depot;
                           (v)  a locomotive;
                           (vi)  rolling stock;
                           (vii)  a maintenance facility; and
                           (viii)  other real and personal property
  associated with a rail operation;
                     (D)  a roadway with a functional classification
  greater than a local road or rural minor collector;
                     (D-1)  a bridge;
                     (E)  a ferry;
                     (F)  an airport, other than an airport that on
  September 1, 2005, was served by one or more air carriers engaged in
  scheduled interstate transportation, as those terms were defined by
  14 C.F.R. Section 1.1 on that date;
                     (G)  a pedestrian or bicycle facility;
                     (H)  an intermodal hub;
                     (I)  an automated conveyor belt for the movement
  of freight;
                     (J)  a border crossing inspection station,
                           (i)  a border crossing inspection station
  located at or near an international border crossing; and
                           (ii)  a border crossing inspection station
  located at or near a border crossing from another state of the
  United States and not more than 50 miles from an international
                     (K)  an air quality improvement initiative;
                     (L)  a public utility facility;
                     (M)  a transit system;
                     (M-1)  a parking area, structure, or facility, or
  a collection device for parking fees;
                     (N)  if applicable, projects and programs listed
  in the most recently approved state implementation plan for the
  area covered by the authority, including an early action compact;
                     (O)  improvements in a transportation
  reinvestment zone designated under Subchapter E, Chapter 222; [and]
                     (P)  port security, transportation, or facility
  projects eligible for funding under Section 55.002; and
                     (Q)  an aerial cable car or aerial tramway for the
  transportation of persons or property, or both, that is located in
  the jurisdiction of an authority created under Section 370.031(c).
         SECTION 2.  The heading to Section 370.303, Transportation
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         SECTION 3.  Section 370.303(b-1), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b-1)  An agreement under Subsection (a) or (b) may include a
  means for a [local] governmental entity to pledge or otherwise
  provide funds for a transportation project that benefits the
  governmental entity to be developed by the authority.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2248 passed the Senate on
  May 15, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays 2.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2248 passed the House on
  May 22, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 120, Nays 24, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House