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AB-1421 Railroads: noise and vibration levels.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/22/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 22, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1421


Introduced by Assembly Member Dababneh

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 14035.6 131086 to the Government Health and Safety Code, relating to transportation. public health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1421, as amended, Dababneh. Intercity rail services: noise and vibration. Railroads: noise and vibration levels.
Existing law creates the State Department of Public Health with various powers and duties.
This bill would require the department to conduct a study to determine the noise and vibration levels associated with all railroad lines in the vicinity of residential areas or schools.

Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to contract with Amtrak for intercity rail passenger services and provides funding for these services from the Public Transportation Account.

This bill would require the department to conduct a study to determine the noise and vibration levels, associated with the operation of state-funded intercity rail passenger services, that impact residential areas or schools along railroad lines where the department contracts for those services.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 131086 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

131086.
 The department shall conduct a study to determine the noise and vibration levels associated with all railroad lines in the vicinity of residential areas or schools. The study shall include a finding as to how many miles of railroad lines in this state have an average day-night sound level (Ldn ) in excess of 60 decibels. The department may use statistical sampling techniques to determine those noise and vibration levels.

SECTION 1.Section 14035.6 is added to the Government Code, to read:
14035.6.

The department shall conduct a study to determine the noise and vibration levels, associated with the operation of state-funded intercity rail passenger services, that impact residential areas or schools along railroad lines where the department contracts for those services pursuant to Section 14035. The department may use statistical sampling techniques to determine those noise and vibration levels.