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SB-742 Intercity passenger rail services: motor carrier transportation of passengers.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 07/01/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  July 01, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  March 27, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 742


Introduced by Senator Allen

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 14035.55 of the Government Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 742, as amended, Allen. Intercity passenger rail services: motor carrier transportation of passengers.
Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to contract with provide funding to Amtrak to provide commuter and intercity rail passenger services. enter into contracts with motor carriers of passengers for the intercity transportation of passengers by motor carrier over regular routes if certain conditions are met. Existing law also authorizes the department to provide funding to Amtrak to contract for rail feeder bus services operated in conjunction with the intercity trains, but subject to the restriction, among others, that the bus services be used only by passengers who are connecting to or from a train, subject to specified exceptions, including exceptions for passengers on certain routes where no private intercity bus company provides scheduled bus services.
This bill would instead authorize the department to provide funding to Amtrak, a certain joint powers authority, or any other public or private transit operator authorities responsible for the administration of intercity passenger rail services for the purpose of entering into a contract with Amtrak or a public or private motor carrier of passengers for the intercity transportation of passengers by motor carrier over regular routes. routes connecting to intercity rail service, as specified. The bill would authorize a state or local government to enter into an agreement with Amtrak to provide for the intercity transportation of passengers by motor carrier over regular routes that are open to all riders, including passengers who are not connecting to a passenger rail service. The bill would also authorize a public or private transit operator to enter into a ticket-selling agreement with Amtrak, a joint powers authority, or any other public or private transit operator that provides intercity transportation of passengers by motor carrier over regular routes. authorize motor carrier connections funded pursuant to these provisions to transport passengers who are not connecting to a passenger rail service. The bill would require a joint powers authority that contracts for service pursuant to this authorization, in consultation with the department, to submit a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2023, relating to that service. The bill would authorize state agencies and departments, public and private transit operators, intercity motor carriers of passengers, Amtrak, and those joints powers authorities to enter into revenue sharing and ticket selling agreements with each other to provide for intercity transportation of passengers and connections at rail stations to and from local transit systems and intermodal and intercity motor carrier terminals.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(a) The coordination of public and private intercity transportation to and from transit stations and other passenger rail services stations is essential to providing connecting points for passenger rail service. a statewide intercity passenger transportation network.
(b) The availability of intercity bus transportation to all riders on regular routes designated for passenger rail service is necessary to ensure that connects to passenger rail services and that serves communities during time periods not currently operated by private intercity transportation companies could provide a significant additional travel choice for statewide intercity passenger network users and, if available to all riders, could help ensure the optimal use of intercity and commuter rail passenger transportation. transportation funding.
(c) The support of existing intercity bus services is critical to maintaining rural services and connections to the state’s surface transportation system, and funding pursuant to this measure should, to the greatest extent possible, enhance those services and not damage them.

SEC. 2.

 Section 14035.55 of the Government Code is amended to read:

14035.55.
 (a) To the extent permitted by federal law, the department shall encourage Amtrak intercity passenger rail providers and motor carriers of passengers to do both of the following:
(1) Combine or package their respective services and facilities to the public as a means of improving intercity passenger rail transportation services to the public.
(2) Coordinate schedules, routes, rates, reservations, and ticketing to provide for enhanced intermodal surface transportation to and from connecting points of passenger rail service.
(b) (1) The department may provide funding to Amtrak, a joint powers authority formed pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 6500) of Division 7 of Title 1, or any other public or private transit operator responsible for the administration of an intercity passenger rail service for the purpose of entering into a contract with Amtrak or a public or private motor carrier of passengers for the intercity transportation of passengers by motor carrier over regular routes. routes connecting to intercity rail service.
(2) The joint powers authority shall, before entering into a contract with a private motor carrier of passengers, consult with and consider relevant local and regional public transit operators to determine if a local or regional public transit operator can provide the planned service and to attempt to avoid conflicts with existing public transit services.
(3) Before contracting for motor carrier connections to or from an intercity rail service pursuant to this subdivision, a joint powers authority shall make a good faith effort to coordinate with private motor carrier services to provide timely connections with intercity rail services, including through agreements to fund modifications or expansions of existing motor carrier services to better coordinate with existing rail service.
(4) The joint powers authority shall document the differences, including time of day, between the proposed motor carrier services and the existing services in communities served if proposing a publicly funded motor carrier service pursuant to this subdivision.
(5) The requirements of paragraphs (2) to (4), inclusive, shall be documented, presented, and available for public comment in a public meeting of the applicable joint powers authority.
(c) A state or local government may enter into an agreement with Amtrak to provide for the intercity transportation of passengers by motor carrier over regular routes that are open to all riders, including Motor carrier connections funded pursuant to this section may transport passengers who are not connecting to a passenger rail service.

(d)A public or private transit operator may enter into a ticket-selling agreement with Amtrak, a joint powers authority formed pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 6500) of Division 7 of Title 1, or any other public or private transit operator that provides intercity transportation of passengers by motor carrier over regular routes.

(d) State agencies and departments, public and private transit operators, intercity motor carriers of passengers, Amtrak, and joints powers authorities may enter into revenue sharing and ticket selling agreements with each other to provide for intercity transportation of passengers and connections at rail stations to and from local transit systems and intermodal and intercity motor carrier terminals.
(e) (1) A joint powers authority that contracts for service pursuant to this division, in consultation with the department, shall submit a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2023, that shall include, but not be limited to, the number of its passengers who are transferring to intercity passenger rail service, the number of its passengers who are traveling solely on the motor carrier, the extent to which the contracted service is similar to services offered by privately operated intercity motor carriers, the impact of the publicly funded motor carrier service on privately operated motor carrier services, and any revenue sharing and ticket selling agreement entered into pursuant to subdivision (d). The report may also include any recommendations for changes to state polices to encourage increased connectivity and service quality.
(2) (A) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under this subdivision is inoperative on January 1, 2027, pursuant to Section 10231.5.