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AB-758 Transportation: Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/18/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 758


Introduced by Assembly Members Eggman and Baker

February 15, 2017


An act to add Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 132651) to Division 12.7 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 758, as amended, Eggman. Transportation: Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority.
Existing law provides for the creation of statewide and local transportation agencies, which may be established as joint powers authorities or established expressly by statute. Existing law establishes the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, which is authorized to acquire, construct, own, operate, control, or use rights-of-way, rail lines, bus lines, stations, platforms, switches, yards, terminals, parking lots, and any and all other facilities necessary or convenient for rapid transit service.
This bill would establish the Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority for purposes of planning and delivering developing a cost effective cost-effective and responsive interregional rail connection between the San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s rapid transit system and the Altamont Corridor Express in the Tri-Valley, that meets the goals and objectives of the community. The bill would require the authority’s governing board to be composed of 14 representatives and would authorize the authority to appoint an executive who may appoint staff or retain consultants. representatives. The bill would provide specified authorizations and duties to the authority.
This bill would require all unencumbered moneys dedicated for the completion of the connection to be transferred to the authority. The bill would require the Bay Area Rapid Transit District to assume ownership of all physical improvements, and to assume operational control, maintenance responsibilities, and related financial obligations for the connection, upon its completion. The bill would require the Department of Transportation to expedite reviews and requests related to the connection. The bill would require the require the authority to annually provide a project update feasibility report to the public, to be posted on the authority’s Internet Web site, on the plans for the development and implementation of the connection.
By imposing new duties on local governmental entities, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.
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 the statutory provisions noted above.
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 finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Commute patterns throughout northern California, and in particular through the Altamont Pass Corridor, traverse the boundaries of traditional metropolitan planning agencies. The Altamont Pass Corridor, located in the center of the Northern California Megaregion, connects the San Joaquin Valley to the Tri-Valley and is a vital node in the megaregion’s economic ecosystem as well as a key megaregion transportation route. Strategic and planned interregional mobility throughout the Altamont Pass Corridor is essential to sustained economic vitality in the megaregion.
(b) The Interstate 580 freeway serves the Altamont Pass Corridor and ranks as one of the most congested freeways in the megaregion during peak hours due to a high volume of regional and interregional commuter, freight, and recreational traffic. It is estimated that traffic on portions of Interstate 580 in this corridor will increase by up to 60 percent between 2013 and 2040.
(c) Connecting the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s rapid transit system and the Altamont Corridor Express, and providing expanded passenger rail connectivity between the San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area, as recommended by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s regional rail plan, would increase interregional mobility and provide much-needed highway capacity for expanded goods movement to the Bay Area’s five seaports and the inland Port of Stockton. It would also relieve pressure on Interstate 580 and other transportation systems, given the large exponential population growth in the San Joaquin Valley.
(d) The Department of Finance projects that San Joaquin County, along with other counties in the San Joaquin Valley, will be among the fastest growing counties in the state. Between 1990 and 2013, the number of people commuting daily from the northern San Joaquin Valley to the Bay Area more than doubled, growing from 32,000 to nearly 65,000 commuters. This trend is expected to continue with the San Joaquin Valley’s rapid population growth combined with the increasing high housing costs and strong job growth in the Bay Area.
(e) Because transportation is the major contributor to ozone precursors, increasing auto travel threatens improvement in air quality throughout the megaregion. Growing congestion will add to potential problems because of increased emissions of vehicles operating in stop-and-go traffic. Shifting commuters and other travelers to rail transportation between the San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area is highly desirable as a means to partially offset the effects on air quality produced by the growth in auto travel.

SEC. 2.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to establish the Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority to plan and help deliver a cost effective and responsive rail extension that connects cost-effective connection from the San Joaquin Valley to the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s rapid transit system and the Altamont Corridor Express in the Tri-Valley, to address regional economic and transportation challenges.

SEC. 3.

 Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 132651) is added to Division 12.7 of the Public Utilities Code, to read:
CHAPTER  8.  Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority

132651.
 As used in this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:
(a) “Authority” means the Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority created under this chapter.
(b) “Bay Area Rapid Transit” means the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s rapid transit system.
(c) “Board” means the governing board of the authority.
(d) “Connection” means an interregional rail a connection between Bay Area Rapid Transit and the Altamont Corridor Express in the Tri-Valley.

(e)“Phase 1 Project” means the first phase of the connection, which will extend Bay Area Rapid Transit along Interstate 580 to a new station in the vicinity of the Isabel Avenue interchange in the City of Livermore.

132652.
 The authority is hereby established for purposes of planning and delivering developing a cost-effective and responsive connection that meets the goals and objectives of the community.

132653.

On or before July 1, 2018, the board shall publish a management, finance, and implementation plan relating to the connection.

132655.
 The governing board of the authority shall be composed of one representative from each of the following entities to be appointed by the governing board, mayor, or supervisor of each entity:
(a) The Altamont Corridor Express.
(b) The Bay Area Rapid Transit District.
(c) The City of Dublin.
(d) The City of Lathrop.
(e) The City of Livermore.
(f) The City of Pleasanton.
(g) The City of Stockton.
(h) The City of Tracy.
(i) The County of Alameda.
(j) The County of San Joaquin.
(k) The East Bay Leadership Council.
(l) Innovation Tri-Valley.
(m) The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority.
(n) San Joaquin Partnership.

132660.

(a)The board may appoint an executive director to serve at the pleasure of the board.

(b)The executive director is exempt from all civil service laws and shall be paid a salary established by the board.

(c)The executive director may appoint staff or retain consultants as necessary to carry out the duties of the authority.

(d)All contracts approved and awarded by the executive director shall be awarded in accordance with state and federal laws relating to procurement. Awards shall be based on price or competitive negotiation, or on both of those things.

132665.132657.
 The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority shall may enter into a memorandum of understanding with the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission to comanage the rail-specific elements necessary to for necessary support of the authority. For an initial one-year period, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority’s administrative staff shall, if that authority has appointed a member to the board in accordance with Section 132655, provide all necessary administrative support to the board to perform its duties and responsibilities and may perform for the board any and all activities that they are authorized to perform for the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority. At the conclusion of the initial period, the board may, through procedures that it determines, select the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, or another existing public rail transit agency for one three-year term immediately following the initial period, and thereafter for five-year terms, to provide all necessary administrative support staff to the board to perform its duties and responsibilities.

132670.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit District shall identify and expeditiously enter into an agreement with the authority to hold in trust for the authority all real and personal property and any other assets accumulated in the planning, environmental review, design, right-of-way acquisition, permitting, and construction of the connection, including, but not limited to, rights-of-way, documents, interim work products, studies, third-party agreements, contracts, and design documents, as necessary for completion of the connection.

132675.

All unencumbered moneys dedicated for the completion of the Phase 1 Project or the connection shall be transferred to the authority for the completion of the connection.

132680.

The authority shall not be responsible for any core system upgrades that preexist its establishment. This includes both existing core system deficiencies necessary to support planned service frequency upgrades and any core system upgrades needed to support prior system expansions, including, but not limited to, the Silicon Valley rapid transit corridor.

132685.

Upon the completion of the connection or any phase of the connection, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District shall assume ownership of all physical improvements constructed for that phase or the connection, and shall assume operational control, maintenance responsibilities, and related financial obligations of the phase or connection.

132690.

(a)The authority has all of the powers necessary for planning, acquiring, leasing, developing, jointly developing, owning, controlling, using, jointly using, disposing of, designing, procuring, and building the Phase 1 Project and connection, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

(1)Acceptance of grants, fees, allocations, and transfers of moneys from federal, state, and local agencies, including, but not limited to, moneys from local measures, as well as private entities.

(2)Acquiring, through purchase or through eminent domain proceedings, any property necessary for, incidental to, or convenient for, the exercise of the powers of the authority.

(3)Incurring indebtedness, secured by pledges of revenue available for the Phase 1 Project or connection completion.

(4)Contracting with public and private entities for the planning, design, and construction of the connection. These contracts may be assigned separately or may be combined to include any or all tasks necessary for completion of the Phase 1 Project or connection.

(5)Entering into cooperative or joint development agreements with local governments or private entities. These agreements may be entered into for purposes of sharing costs, selling or leasing land, air, or development rights, providing for the transferring of passengers, making pooling arrangements, or for any other purpose that is necessary for, incidental to, or convenient for the full exercise of the powers granted to the authority. For purposes of this paragraph, “joint development” includes, but is not limited to, an agreement with any person, firm, corporation, association, or organization for the operation of facilities or development of projects adjacent to, or physically or functionally related to, the Phase 1 Project or connection.

(6)Relocation of utilities, as necessary for completion of the connection.

(7)Conducting all necessary environmental reviews, including, but not limited to, completing environmental impact reports.

(b)The duties of the authority include, but are not limited to, both of the following:

(1)Conducting the financial studies and the planning and engineering necessary for completion of the Phase 1 Project and connection. Although this duty rests solely on the authority, the authority may exercise any of the powers described in subdivision (a) to fulfill this duty.

(2)Adoption of an administrative code, not later than July 1, 2018, for administration of the authority in accordance with any applicable laws, including, but not limited to, the Ralph M. Brown Act (Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 54950) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code), the provisions of this chapter, laws generally applicable to local agency procurement and contracts, laws relating to contracting goals for small disadvantaged business enterprise and disabled veteran business enterprise participation, and the Political Reform Act of 1974 (Title 9 (commencing with Section 81000) of the Government Code).

132694.

The authority shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Bay Area Rapid Transit District that shall address the ability of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District to review any significant changes in the scope of the design or construction, or both design and construction, of the Phase 1 Project and connection.

132695.

The Department of Transportation shall expedite reviews and requests related to the Phase 1 Project or connection and shall provide responses within 60 days.

132697.132658.
 On or before July 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, the authority shall provide a project update feasibility report to the public, to be posted on the authority’s Internet Web site, on the plans for the development and implementation of the Phase 1 Project and connection. The report, at a minimum, shall include a project summary, as well as details by phase, with all information necessary to clearly describe the status of the phase, including, but not limited to, all of the following: options with details, including the proposed scope, schedule, and cost of the connection.

(a)A summary describing the overall progress of the phase.

(b)The baseline budget for all phase costs, by segment or contract.

(c)The current and projected budget, by segment or contract, for all phase costs.

(d)Expenditures to date, by segment or contract, for all phase costs.

(e)A summary of milestones achieved during the prior year and milestones expected to be reached in the coming year.

(f)Any issues identified during the prior year and actions taken to address those issues.

(g)A thorough discussion of risks to the project and steps taken to mitigate those risks.

132699.132659.
 The authority shall be dissolved upon both the completion of the connection and the assumption by Bay Area Rapid Transit District of operational control of the connection as provided in Section 132685. connection.

SEC. 4.

  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.