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AB-210 High-occupancy vehicle lanes: County of Los Angeles.(2015-2016)

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Enrolled  September 09, 2015
Passed  IN  Senate  September 03, 2015
Passed  IN  Assembly  June 01, 2015

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 210


Introduced by Assembly Member Gatto

February 02, 2015


An act to add and repeal Section 149.2 of the Streets and Highways Code, relating to highways.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 210, Gatto. High-occupancy vehicle lanes: County of Los Angeles.
Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to designate certain lanes for the exclusive or preferential use of high-occupancy vehicles. When those exclusive or preferential use lanes are established and double parallel solid lines are in place to the right thereof, existing law prohibits any person driving a vehicle from crossing over those double lines to enter into or exit from the lanes, and entrance or exit from those lanes is authorized only in areas designated for these purposes or where a single broken line is in place to the right of the lanes, except as specified.
This bill would prohibit, commencing July 1, 2016, any high-occupancy vehicle lane from being established on specified portions of state highway routes in the County of Los Angeles, unless that lane is established as a high-occupancy vehicle lane only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic, as determined by the department. The bill would require any existing high-occupancy vehicle lane established on the specified portions of these routes to be modified to conform with those requirements. The bill would authorize the department, on or after May 1, 2017, to reinstate 24-hour high-occupancy vehicle lanes on the specified portions of these routes if the department makes a specified determination, and would authorize the department to report to the Legislature, on the impact on traffic of limiting the use of high-occupancy lanes only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic, as provided in the bill.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 149.2 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

149.2.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, except as otherwise provided in subdivision (d), a high-occupancy vehicle lane shall not be established on State Highway Route 134 between State Highway Route 170 and State Highway Route 210, or on State Highway Route 210 between State Highway Route 134 and State Highway Route 57, unless the lane is established as a high-occupancy vehicle lane only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic, as determined by the department.
(b) Any existing high-occupancy vehicle lane located as described in subdivision (a) shall be modified as necessary to conform with subdivision (a).
(c) (1) The department shall report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2018, on the impact on traffic of limiting the use of high-occupancy vehicle lanes only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic as provided in subdivision (a).
(2) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under paragraph (1) is inoperative on January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
(3) A report to be submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(d) On or after May 1, 2017, if the department determines that there is an adverse impact on safety, traffic conditions, or the environment by limiting the use of high-occupancy vehicle lanes only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic as provided in subdivision (a), the department may submit to the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing a notice of that determination and intent to reinstate 24-hour high-occupancy vehicle lanes. The department thereafter may reinstate 24-hour high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
(e) In addition to the routes identified in subdivision (a), the department is encouraged to introduce offpeak hours on other high-occupancy vehicle lanes in the County of Los Angeles in order to provide greater mobility benefits to the community.
(f) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2016.
(g) This section shall become inoperative 60 days after the date the Legislature receives the notice described in subdivision (d) and is repealed on January 1 thereafter. The department shall post the date that the Legislature receives this notice on the department’s Internet Web site.