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AB-91 High-occupancy vehicle lanes.(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. 91


Introduced by Assembly Member Cervantes
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia)

January 09, 2017


An act to add and repeal Section 149.2 of the Streets and Highways Code, relating to highways.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 91, as amended, Cervantes. High-occupancy vehicle lanes.
Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to designate certain lanes for the exclusive or preferential use of high-occupancy vehicles. When those exclusive or preferential use lanes are established and double parallel solid lines are in place to the right thereof, existing law prohibits any person driving a vehicle from crossing over those double lines to enter into or exit from the lanes, and entrance or exit from those lanes is authorized only in areas designated for these purposes or where a single broken line is in place to the right of the lanes, except as specified.
This bill would prohibit, commencing July 1, 2018, a high-occupancy vehicle lane from being established in the County of Riverside, unless that lane is established as a high-occupancy vehicle lane only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic, as determined by the department. The bill would require any existing high-occupancy vehicle lane in the County of Riverside that is not a toll lane to be modified to operate as a high-occupancy lane under those same conditions. The bill would provide that these provisions apply only to the extent that they do not endanger federal funding. The bill would authorize the department, on or after May 1, 2019, to reinstate 24-hour high-occupancy vehicle lanes in the County of Riverside if the department makes a specified determination, and would require the department to report to the Legislature on the impact on traffic of limiting the use of high-occupancy lanes only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic, as provided in the bill.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 149.2 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

149.2.
 (a) (1) Notwithstanding any other law, except as provided in paragraph (3) and subdivision (c), a high-occupancy vehicle lane shall not be established in the County of Riverside, unless the lane is established as a high-occupancy vehicle lane only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic, as determined by the department.
(2) Any existing high-occupancy vehicle lane located in the County of Riverside that is not a toll lane shall be modified to operate as a high-occupancy vehicle lane only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic, as determined by the department.
(3) Paragraphs (1) and (2) apply only to the extent that they do not endanger federal funding.
(b) (1) The department shall report to the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, on or before January 1, 2020, on the impact on traffic of limiting the use of high-occupancy vehicle lanes only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic as provided in subdivision (a).
(2) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under paragraph (1) is inoperative on January 1, 2024, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
(c) On or after May 1, 2019, if the department determines that there is an adverse impact on safety, traffic conditions, or the environment by limiting the use of high-occupancy vehicle lanes only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic as provided in subdivision (a), the department may submit to the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing a notice of that determination and of the intent to reinstate 24-hour high-occupancy vehicle lanes. The department thereafter may reinstate 24-hour high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
(d) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2018.
(e) This section shall become inoperative 60 days after the date the Legislature receives the notice described in subdivision (c) and is repealed on January 1 thereafter. The department shall post the date that the Legislature receives this notice on the department’s Internet Web site.