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AB-2851 Regional transportation plans: traffic signal optimization plans.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/26/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 12, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 19, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2851


Introduced by Assembly Member Grayson

February 16, 2018


An act to add Section 65080.02 to the Government Code, relating to transportation, and making an appropriation therefor. transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2851, as amended, Grayson. Regional transportation plans: traffic signal optimization plans.
Existing law requires designated transportation planning agencies to, among other things, prepare and adopt a regional transportation plan. Existing law requires a regional transportation plan to include a policy element, an action element, a financial element, and, if the transportation planning agency is also a metropolitan planning organization, a sustainable communities strategy. Existing law requires each transportation planning agency to consider and incorporate into its regional transportation plan the transportation plans of cities, counties, districts, private organizations, and state and federal agencies, as appropriate.
Existing law designates the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) as the regional transportation planning agency for the 9-county San Francisco Bay area, with various powers and duties relative to transportation planning, programming, and funding. Existing law establishes the Department of Transportation and the California Transportation Commission and provides that the department has full possession and control of all state highways and all property and rights in property acquired for state highway purposes, and authorizes and directs the department to lay out and construct all state highways between the termini designated by law and on the locations as determined by the commission.

Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the State Air Resources Board from a market-based compliance mechanism relative to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

This bill would require authorize each city located within the jurisdiction of MTC to develop and implement a traffic signal optimization plan, as prescribed, and would require MTC to consider and reference plans developed by cities located within its jurisdiction into its next regional transportation plan. The bill would create the Traffic Signal Optimization Fund and would require the Department of Transportation, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to award grants from moneys deposited in the fund to assist cities in implementing their traffic signal optimization plans. The bill would appropriate $2 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for the 2020–21 fiscal year for deposit in the Traffic Signal Optimization Fund. plan intended to reduce greenhouse gases and particulate emissions, and reduce travel times, and the number of stops and fuel use. The bill would also require the Department of Transportation to coordinate with each city that develops a traffic signal optimization plan pursuant to these provisions to ensure that any traffic signals owned or operated by the department are adjusted and maintained in accordance with the plan.

Because the bill would impose additional duties on a local agency, it would impose 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: YESNO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YESNO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 65080.02 is added to the Government Code, to read:

65080.02.
 (a) On or before July 1, 2020, each Each city located within the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission shall may develop and implement a traffic signal optimization plan. The plan shall estimate the extent to which, through the coordination and optimization of traffic signal timing and sensing, each city can achieve the following: plan intended to reduce greenhouse gases and particulate emissions, and reduce travel times, and the number of stops and fuel use.

(1)Reductions in greenhouse gas and particulate emissions.

(2)Reductions in travel times, the number of stops, and fuel use.

(b)Within its next regional transportation plan adopted pursuant to Section 65080, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission shall consider and reference any plans developed pursuant to subdivision (a) by cities located within its jurisdiction.

(c)The Traffic Signal Optimization Fund is hereby created in the Transportation Tax Fund and shall be administered by the Department of Transportation. Moneys in the Traffic Signal Optimization Fund may be expended, upon appropriation by the Legislature, by the Department of Transportation to award grants to assist cities in implementing their traffic signal optimization plans developed pursuant to subdivision (a).

(d)The sum of two million dollars ($2,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for the 2020–21 fiscal year to the Department of Transportation for deposit in the Traffic Signal Optimization Fund to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the implementation of traffic signal optimization plans.

(b) The Department of Transportation shall coordinate with each city that develops a traffic signal optimization plan pursuant to subdivision (a) to ensure that any traffic signals owned or operated by the department are adjusted and maintained in accordance with the plan.

SEC. 2.

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.