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AB-378 State Highway 101 Route corridor.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  January 04, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 378


Introduced by Assembly Member Mullin

February 18, 2015


An act to add Section 133 to the Streets and Highways Code, relating to highways.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 378, as amended, Mullin. State Highway 101 Route corridor.
Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control of the state highway system. Existing law imposes various requirements for the development and implementation of transportation projects.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that will enable responsible local, regional, and state agencies to substantially improve mobility in the State Highway 101 corridor. The bill would make findings and declarations in that regard. require the department, in coordination with the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, to create an integrated corridor management team to consider transportation projects addressing congestion relief in the State Highway Route 101 corridor located within the County of San Mateo.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The State Highway Route 101 corridor, the 48 miles between San Francisco and San Jose, is the most economically productive and important highway corridor in California, with rapidly growing employment and tax receipts that greatly benefit workers, small business owners, local government budgets, and the state.
(b) Transportation capacity in the corridor is grossly insufficient to serve the growing number of commuters, leading to heavy and growing traffic congestion on State Highway Route 101 and serious overcrowding on Caltrain. Highway congestion is costly and inconvenient for commuters, local residents, goods movers, buses, and emergency responders.
(c) In order to sustain the economic engine of the State Highway Route 101 corridor and the quality of life for local residents, swift and decisive action by transportation agencies is needed to relieve commuter congestion. It is common for transportation improvement projects to take 10 to 15 years to study, fund, design, and construct; however, if commuting conditions are not improved on a much shorter timeline, economic prospects for the corridor will be jeopardized.
(d) A coordinated response from county, regional, and state transportation agencies can improve State Highway Route 101 corridor operations more effectively than is possible by these agencies acting individually. A coordinated agency response that integrates carpool or express lane development and operations, adaptive ramp metering technology and operations, and ridesharing can deliver meaningful commuter relief within a five year period and can serve as a model that other highway corridors in the state can emulate.
SEC. 2.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that will provide such powers, responsibilities, funding and financing mechanisms, innovative project delivery authority, and governance structures as may be necessary, convenient, and beneficial to enable responsible local, regional, and state agencies to substantially improve mobility as soon as possible, but no later than within five years, in the State Highway 101 corridor in the City and County of San Francisco, the County of San Mateo, and the County of Santa Clara.

SEC. 2.

 Section 133 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

133.
 (a) The department, in coordination with the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority if they choose to participate, shall create an integrated corridor management team to consider transportation projects addressing congestion relief in the State Highway Route 101 corridor.
(b) For purposes of this section, “State Highway Route 101 corridor” means the segment of State Highway Route 101 and connecting highways, including, but not limited to, State Highway Routes 82, 92, and 380, located within the County of San Mateo.