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AB-1017 New or modified railroad crossings: approval.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 08/12/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  August 12, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 23, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1017


Introduced by Assembly Member Boerner Horvath
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Choi, Kalra, and Santiago)
(Coauthors: Senators Galgiani and Lena Gonzalez)

February 21, 2019


An act to add Section 1202.4 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to railroads.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1017, as amended, Boerner Horvath. New or modified railroad crossings: approval.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has the exclusive power to, among other things, determine and prescribe the manner and the terms of installation, operation, maintenance, use, and protection of specified railroad crossings and to authorize on an application-by-application basis and supervise the operation of pilot projects to evaluate proposed crossing warning devices, new technology, or other additional safety measures at designated crossings, with the consent of the local jurisdiction, the affected railroad, and other interested parties, including, but not limited to, represented railroad employees.
This bill would require the PUC, commission, if a city or county develops and adopts, by resolution upon a majority vote of the city council or the board of supervisors, a plan to improve mobility for multimodal access that calls for new or modified railroad crossings, to make an engineer available from the Rail Crossings and Engineering Branch to assist and advise that city or county on the safety of the planned railroad crossings prior to before the filing of an application to the commission for the approval of the new or modified railroad crossings.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 1202.4 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

1202.4.
 If a city or county develops and adopts, by resolution upon a majority vote of the city council or the board of supervisors, a plan to improve mobility for multimodal access that calls for new or modified railroad crossings, the commission shall make an engineer available from the Rail Crossings and Engineering Branch to assist and advise that city or county on the safety of the planned railroad crossings prior to before the filing of an application to the commission for the approval of the new or modified railroad crossings.