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SB-477 Intercity rail corridors: extensions.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/26/2017 10:00 AM
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Revised  July 12, 2017
Corrected  July 13, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  May 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  May 10, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  March 27, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 477


Introduced by Senator Cannella
(Coauthor: Senator Galgiani)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Caballero and Mark Stone, Mark Stone, and Cunningham)

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 14070.5 to the Government Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 477, as amended, Cannella. Intercity rail corridors: extensions.
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. Existing law authorizes the department, subject to approval of the Secretary of Transportation, to enter into an interagency transfer agreement under which a joint powers board assumes responsibility for administering the state-funded intercity rail service in a particular corridor and associated feeder bus services. Existing law defines the boundaries of 3 intercity rail corridors, and requires the preparation of an annual business plan for the corridor by each participating joint powers board.
This bill, at any time after an interagency transfer agreement between the department and a joint powers board has been entered into, would authorize the amendment of the agreement to provide for the extension of the affected rail corridor to provide intercity rail service beyond the defined boundaries of the corridor. The bill would require a proposed extension and intercity rail service expansion to be consistent with the State Rail Plan and to be approved through the business plan adopted by the joint powers board and then by the Secretary of Transportation, and would require the joint powers board to make a determination that the extension and intercity rail service expansion will not jeopardize or come at the expense of other existing intercity rail 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 14070.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:

14070.5.
 (a) At any time after an interagency transfer agreement between the department and a joint powers board has been entered into, the agreement may be amended to provide for the extension of the affected rail corridor to provide intercity rail service beyond the defined boundaries of a corridor as described in subdivision (b) of Section 14072, subdivision (c) of Section 14074, or subdivision (c) of Section 14076.
(b) A proposed extension of a corridor and implementation of expanded intercity rail service on the extended portion of the corridor may occur when all of the following conditions have been met:
(1) The proposed extension and intercity rail service expansion are recommended and justified in the joint powers board’s business plan and that business plan is subsequently adopted by the joint powers board.
(2) The amended interagency transfer agreement, containing the proposed extension and intercity rail service expansion, expansion is consistent with the State Rail Plan and is approved by the secretary.
(3) The joint powers board makes a determination that the proposed extension and intercity rail service expansion will not jeopardize or come at the expense of other existing intercity rail services.

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