In the discretion of the authority, any bonds issued under the provisions of this article may be secured by a trust agreement by and between the authority and a corporate trustee, which may be any trust company, or bank having the powers of a trust company, within or without the state. The trust agreement or the resolution providing for the issuance of such bonds subject to the provisions of Section 23-2-147, may pledge or assign tolls or other revenues to which the authority’s right then exists or which may thereafter come into existence, and the moneys derived therefrom, and the proceeds of such bonds; provided, however, that the trust agreement or resolution shall not convey or mortgage any toll road, bridge or tunnel project or any part thereof. Such trust agreement or resolution providing for the issuance of bonds may contain such provisions for protecting and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bondholders as may be reasonable and proper and not in violation of law; including covenants setting forth the duties of the authority in relation to the acquisition of property and the construction, improvement, maintenance, repair, operation and insurance of the toll road, bridge or tunnel project or projects; the rates of tolls and revenues to be charged; the payment, security or redemption of bonds and the custody, safeguarding and application of all moneys; and provisions for the employment of consulting engineers in connection with the construction or operation of such bridge or tunnel project or projects. It shall be lawful for any bank or trust company incorporated under the laws of this state which may act as depository of the proceeds of bonds or of revenues to furnish such indemnifying bonds or to pledge such securities as may be required by the authority. Any trust agreement or resolution may set forth the rights and remedies of the bondholders and of the trustee and may restrict the individual rights of action by bondholders. In addition to the foregoing, any trust agreement or resolution may contain such other provisions as the authority may deem reasonable and proper for the security of the bondholders. All expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of any trust agreement may be treated as a part of the cost of the operation of the toll road, bridge, or tunnel project or projects.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 23-2-149

  • authority: The Alabama Toll Road, Bridge, and Tunnel Authority created by this article, or any board, body, or commission succeeding to the principal functions thereof or to which the powers given by this article to the authority shall be given by law. See Alabama Code 23-2-142
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • cost: As applied to a toll road, bridge, or tunnel project, the cost shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

    a. See Alabama Code 23-2-142

  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • property: includes both real and personal property. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.

Any pledge of tolls, other revenues or moneys made by the authority shall be valid and binding from the time the pledge is made. The tolls, other revenues or moneys so pledged and thereafter received by the authority, except that part of the tolls, other revenues or moneys which are necessary to maintain the project or projects in good operating conditions, or to pay the reasonable operating expenses of the authority, or any judgment rendered against it, shall immediately be subject to the lien of the pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act; and the lien of any such pledge shall be valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract or otherwise against the authority, irrespective of whether such parties have notice thereof. Neither the resolution nor any trust agreement by which a pledge is created need be filed or recorded except in the records of the authority. If such trust agreement should be offered for record it shall be filed and recorded without the payment of the mortgage tax required by Chapter 22 of Title 40. The authority may, in its discretion, enter into any supplement to such trust agreement, which supplement shall be governed, so far as may be, by the same provisions of this article as are applicable to the trust agreement.

(Acts 1980, No. 80-691, p. 1377, §9.)