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AB-1351 Transit operators: paratransit and dial-a-ride services: assessment.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 08/31/2019 12:35 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  August 30, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  June 14, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 10, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1351


Introduced by Assembly Member Lackey

February 22, 2019


An act to add Section 99155.6 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to public transit.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1351, as amended, Lackey. Transit operators: paratransit and dial-a-ride services: assessment.
Existing law requires a for-profit or nonprofit transit operator that receives funds through the Mills-Alquist-Deddeh Act and that provides dial-a-ride or paratransit service to provide those services consistent with certain requirements. Existing law requires a transit operator to honor any current valid identification card for the type of transportation service or discount requested and that has been issued to an individual with disabilities by another transit operator. Existing law establishes in state government the Transportation Agency, which consists of various state entities, including the Department of Transportation.
This bill would require the agency, in consultation with public transit operators, to conduct an assessment of the procedures public transit operators use to provide dial-a-ride and paratransit services to individuals with disabilities who are visiting their service territories and are certified to use another in-state public transit operator’s similar dial-a-ride and paratransit services. The bill would require the agency to publish the assessment on its internet website on or before October 1, 2020. July 1, 2021. The bill would require the agency, after conducting and publishing the assessment, to adopt guidelines for the development of a statewide program to enable individuals with disabilities who a public transit operator has certified to use its dial-a-ride and paratransit services to use another in-state public transit operator’s similar dial-a-ride and paratransit 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 99155.6 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

99155.6.
 (a) The Transportation Agency, in consultation with public transit operators, shall conduct an assessment of the procedures public transit operators use to provide dial-a-ride and paratransit services to individuals with disabilities who are visiting their service territories and are certified to use another in-state public transit operator’s similar dial-a-ride and paratransit services, to the extent available. The assessment shall include, but not be limited to, timelines and methods for qualifying individuals to submit certification documents, including by electronic submission, to transit operators.
(b) On or before October 1, 2020, July 1, 2021, the Transportation Agency shall publish the assessment on its internet website.
(c) After conducting and publishing the assessment, the Transportation Agency shall adopt guidelines for the development of a statewide program to enable individuals with disabilities who a public transit operator has certified to use its dial-a-ride and paratransit services to use another in-state public transit operator’s similar dial-a-ride and paratransit services, to the extent available.