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AB-1872 Transportation planning.(2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1872


Introduced by Assembly Member Stone

February 19, 2014


An act to amend Section 14000 of the Government Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1872, as introduced, Stone. Transportation planning.
Under existing law, the Legislature has made findings regarding the need for continuing and improving transportation planning at the state, regional, and local level.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14000 of the Government Code is amended to read:

14000.
 The Legislature hereby finds and declares as follows:
(a) Continued growth in transport demand resulting from population growth, concentration of population in urban areas, and increasing mobility requirements indicate a need for innovative, as well as improved, systems to accommodate increased demand.
(b) The diversity of conditions in California is such as to require requires a variety of solutions to transportation problems within various areas of the state. Differences in population levels and densities, living patterns, social conditions, topography, climate, environmental circumstances, and other factors should be recognized in determining appropriate solutions to transportation problems in the various areas. Particular attention must be given to differences among the metropolitan, the less urbanized, and the more rural areas of the state. In some cases, future demands, particularly in urban corridors, may prove to be beyond the practical capabilities of a highway solution; while in other cases, environmental conditions may rule out a highway solution. In still other cases, heavy reliance upon highway transportation may prove to be satisfactory for the foreseeable future. Clearly, the appropriate mix of transportation modes throughout California to provide economical and efficient transportation service consistent with desires for mobility, will vary markedly from time to time and from area to area within the state.
In all cases, regional and local expressions of transportation goals, objectives, and policies which that reflect the unique characteristics and aspirations of various areas of the state shall be recognized in transportation planning tempered, however, by consideration of statewide interests.
(c) A goal of the state is to provide adequate, safe, and efficient transportation facilities and services for the movement of people and goods at reasonable cost. The provision of adequate transportation services for persons not now adequately served by any transportation mode, particularly the disadvantaged, the elderly, the handicapped, and the young, should be an integral element of the planning process. Stimulation of the provision of transportation not only for speed and efficiency of travel, but also for convenience and enjoyment in shopping, school, cultural, and business pursuits, leisure time travel, and pedestrian travel, is also a state aim. It is the desire intent of the state to provide a transportation system that significantly reduces hazards to human life, pollution of the atmosphere, generation of noise, disruption of community organization, and adverse impacts on the natural environment. The desirability of utilizing corridors for multimodal transportation, where possible to improve efficiency and economy in land use, is recognized. The coastal zone should be provided with optimal transportation services consistent with local and regional goals and plans, with the objective of conserving the coastal resource.
(d) The responsibilities for decisionmaking for California’s transportation systems are highly fragmented. This has hampered effective integration of transportation planning and intermodal coordination. A comprehensive multimodal transportation planning process should be established which that involves all levels of government and the private sector in a cooperative process to develop coordinated transportation plans.
(e) Accelerating change and increasing transportation problems require that California take timely action to maintain viable transportation systems. As long lead times are necessary to develop transportation systems, the planning and development of transportation in California should be coordinated by a Department of Transportation. A multimodal transportation department in state government is in keeping with the necessities of contemporary problems and the thrust of federal involvement. However, there is no intent to diminish or preempt the existing authorities and responsibilities of regional, local, and district transportation agencies in their handling of transportation matters which that are local or regional in nature.
(f) The stimulation, continuance, and improvement of statewide, regional, and local transportation planning and development are a matter of state concern, and the state should, for this reason, provide a portion of the financial resources and assistance necessary to aid in preparing transportation plans, developing effective transportation decisionmaking processes, and carrying out implementation programs.