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AB-2382 Department of Transportation: Innovative Delivery Team Demonstration Program.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Senate  August 06, 2012
Amended  IN  Senate  June 26, 2012
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 15, 2012

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2382


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Gordon, Alejo
(Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Beall, Campos, Fong, Hill)
(Coauthor(s): Senator Alquist, Blakeslee, Simitian)

February 24, 2012


An act to add and repeal Article 5 (commencing with Section 14190) of Chapter 2 of Part 5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2382, as amended, Gordon. Department of Transportation: Innovative Delivery Team Demonstration Program.
Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control of the state highway system. Existing law creates the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority with various transportation responsibilities in the County of Santa Clara.
This bill would, by July 1, 2013, require the department, and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to enter into a memorandum of understanding to implement the Innovative Delivery Team Demonstration Program, which would, until January 1, 2020, provide a different business model for the application of advanced technologies with the goal of delivering transportation projects and services in the County of Santa Clara in a more responsive, cost-effective, and efficient manner. The bill would require the demonstration program to serve as a mechanism for testing innovative approaches for improving project delivery and local assistance. The bill would require the department to assign specified personnel to the demonstration program. The bill would also require the authority to provide space, equipment, and other resources, as specified, to the demonstration program. The bill would require the authority to carry out, for purposes of implementing the demonstration program, specified responsibilities for state highway projects in the County of Santa Clara County. The bill would require the authority to manage the local assistance process, for purposes of implementing the demonstration program, in the County of Santa Clara. The bill would require the demonstration program to adhere to all applicable federal rules and regulations, as specified. The bill would require the authority, in consultation with the department, to evaluate the effectiveness of the demonstration program and to report to the Legislature by July 1, 2015, and by July 1, 2018, on specified matters. By requiring the authority to participate in this demonstration program, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The bill would also declare the intent of the Legislature in this regard.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:
(a) In this era of increasing demand for public services and limited resources, it is important for government at all levels to consider innovative ways to become more effective and efficient, and to do more with less.
(b) In California, a typical highway project can take as many as 14 to 16 years to complete. Improvements to the various processes and procedures related to project development and construction would shorten this timeline and would, therefore, reduce costs, allowing more projects to be built with the same amount of money, and allowing the public to realize the benefits of these projects, such as increased mobility, sooner.
(c) The Department of Transportation is a very large and extremely complex organization, with a headquarters office in Sacramento, 12 district offices covering all 58 counties in the state, and more than 22,000 employees. As a result, attempting to expedite project delivery and improve the department’s local assistance program on a statewide basis can be a daunting challenge. Perhaps a better strategy that would have a greater chance of success would be to first test out innovative approaches on a small scale to determine which have the potential to be effective on a statewide basis.
(d) In Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has a solid track record of delivering transportation capital improvement projects for the communities of the County of Santa Clara County, either on time or ahead of schedule, and either on budget or under budget.
(e) The authority is willing to commit its own resources to implement a demonstration program with the department that envisions the establishment of a partnership between the two organizations with the goal of testing innovative approaches for improving project delivery and local assistance.
(f) Under this demonstration program, it is envisioned that the department would identify a core group of existing staff to serve at the authority’s headquarters office in the City of San Jose so that the two organizations could work closely and collaboratively to develop and implement a different business model for delivering transportation projects and local assistance services that takes advantage of the strengths of each organization.
(g) By serving as a testing laboratory for trying out innovative approaches, the demonstration program presents an excellent opportunity for taking the first steps in working together to improve project delivery and local assistance. For those ideas that prove that they can work, the department could then determine the appropriate way to apply them throughout its operations, thereby stretching the benefits of the demonstration program throughout the state.
(h) Therefore, the purpose of this act is to establish a demonstration program involving the department and the authority with the goal of delivering safe, high-quality transportation projects and local assistance services in the fastest and most affordable way possible through the development and implementation of an improved business model that contemplates a realignment of roles and responsibilities, the use of innovative processes, and the application of advanced technologies. It is the intent of the Legislature that the demonstration program serve as a testing laboratory, with successful innovations being rolled out across the state, resulting in a more cost-effective, more efficient, and more responsive business model in terms of delivering transportation projects and local assistance services to a geographically large and diverse state.

SEC. 2.

 Article 5 (commencing with Section 14190) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
Article  5. Innovative Delivery Team Demonstration Program

14190.
 For purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
(a) “Authority” means the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority established under Part 12 (commencing with Section 100000) of Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code.
(b) “Demonstration program” means the Innovative Delivery Team Demonstration Program.

14191.
 (a) On or before July 1, 2013, the department and the authority shall enter into a memorandum of understanding to implement the Innovative Delivery Team Demonstration Program.
(b) The authority and the department shall develop the demonstration program to test, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) Operating under a different business model that may consist of a combination of the following: the realignment of roles and responsibilities between the department and the authority, the delegation of decisionmaking authority to department managers assigned to the demonstration program, the use of innovative processes, and the application of advanced technologies with the goal of delivering transportation projects and local assistance services in the County of Santa Clara in a more responsive, cost-effective, and efficient manner.
(2) Serving as a mechanism for testing innovative approaches for expediting project delivery and improving the department’s local assistance program.
(3) Identifying those innovative approaches that are suitable for application by the department in other parts of the state.
(c) The memorandum of understanding shall, at a minimum, define roles, responsibilities, conflict resolution, delegation of authority, empowerment, performance metrics, and financial support for the purpose of implementing the demonstration program.

14192.
 (a) From existing staff, the department shall assign the necessary resources as referred to in the memorandum of understanding, and which, at a minimum, shall include a program manager, a local assistance liaison, and at least one project manager. The department shall locate these staff resources at the authority’s headquarters office in the City of San Jose to work with the authority to implement the demonstration program. The department staff resources assigned to the demonstration program shall continue to be employees of the department and shall operate as an entity of the department separate from the authority.
(b) The authority shall provide space, equipment, and other resources as necessary at its headquarters office in the City of San Jose to accommodate department employees assigned to the demonstration program.

14193.
 Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the authority, for purposes of implementing the demonstration program, shall, at a minimum, be responsible for, and take the lead on, the following with respect to projects on the state highway system in the County of Santa Clara County:
(a) Prepare and certify project study reports or equivalent planning documents.
(b) Serve as lead agency for purposes of the environmental approval process pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
(c) Acquire and certify rights-of-way.
(d) Advertise, award, and administer construction contracts.

(e)Manage the local assistance process.

14193.5.
 Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the authority, for purposes of implementing the demonstration program, shall manage the local assistance process with respect to projects in the County of Santa Clara.

14194.
 The demonstration program shall adhere to all applicable federal laws and regulations and shall not jeopardize the receipt of federal funds by the department or the authority, or cause a reduction in the federal funds receivable by the department or the authority.

14195.
 (a) The authority, in consultation with the department, shall evaluate the demonstration program to determine its effectiveness. On or before July 1, 2018, the authority shall submit a report containing the results of this evaluation to the Legislature, together with recommendations as to whether the demonstration program should be continued. The report shall also identify those elements of the demonstration program that are suitable for application by the department on a statewide basis.
(b) On or before July 1, 2015, the authority shall submit a report to the Legislature on the activities undertaken to date pursuant to this article and the progress of the demonstration program.
(c) The reports required by subdivisions (a) and (b) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.

14196.
  This article shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2020, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2020, deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 3.

  If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.