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SB-336 Transportation: fully-automated transit vehicles.(2019-2020)


 Section 99174 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

 (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Fully-automated transit vehicle” means a vehicle designed to carry passengers and capable of operating without a human operator physically onboard the vehicle and actively controlling or monitoring the vehicle.
(2) “Public transit operator” means a public entity, including, but not limited to, the state, any subdivision of the state, or a transit district, special district, joint powers authority, city, county, or city and county, that provides passenger transportation services.
(3) “Transit operator” means a public transit operator or a private entity that receives public moneys to provide passenger transportation services.
(b) (1) A transit operator shall ensure each of its fully-automated transit vehicles is staffed by at least one of its employees while the vehicle is in service.
(2) An employee staffing a fully-automated transit vehicle shall have been trained in passenger safety, passenger communication, assisting the disabled and elderly, and emergency response and preparedness.
(3) This subdivision shall become inoperative on January 1, 2025.
(c) This section shall not apply to a fixed guideway vehicle operating on a closed loop and moving passengers within an airport or other similar facility.
(d) (1) A transit operator that deploys a fully-automated transit vehicle pursuant to this section shall, on or before March 31, 2025, report the results of that deployment to the Legislature.
(2) A report to be submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2026, and as of that date is repealed.