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DIVISION 10. TRANSIT DISTRICTS [24501 - 107025]

  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036. )

PART 11. PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL PUBLIC TRANSIT [99000 - 99582]

  ( Part 11 added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1325. )

CHAPTER 4. Transportation Development [99200 - 99420]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1400. )

ARTICLE 4. Claims for Funds [99260 - 99273]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1400. )

99260.
  

Claims may be filed with the transportation planning agency by operators under this article for the following purposes:

(a) The support of public transportation systems.

(b) Aid to public transportation research and demonstration projects.

(c) Contributions for the construction of grade separation projects specified in Section 99318.3.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 161.)

99260.2.
  

(a) Claims may be filed with the transportation planning agency by operators to contract with common carriers of persons operating under a franchise or license to provide transportation services during peak hours.

“Peak hours” means the period of time during a day which have a clearly greater-than-average level of patronage, typically the two periods of time which reflect the influx of home-work and work-home patronage on a transportation system.

(b) Claims may be filed with the transportation planning agency by a transit district to make bulk purchases of passenger tickets for passenger rail services, if it is authorized to make such purchases by its enabling legislation.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 161.)

99260.5.
  

(a) Claims may also be filed with the transportation planning agency by a city and county or a transit district under this article for payments to be made to a railroad corporation subject to the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission and engaged in the transportation of persons, as defined in Section 208, for operating losses incurred in such transportation of persons between points within the city and county or the district, as the case may be, and for that portion of the operating losses incurred in such transportation of persons in the city and county or the district, as the case may be, whose origin or destination, or both, are outside the city and county or district.

(b) A city and county or a transit district receiving funds under a claim filed pursuant to subdivision (a) shall use those funds for the purposes specified in that subdivision.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1216.)

99260.6.
  

Public agencies authorized to file claims pursuant to Section 99234.9 may file claims under this article.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 995, Sec. 7.)

99260.7.
  

In order to provide, or to contract to provide, transportation services using vehicles for the exclusive use of elderly or disabled persons, a city or a county, which is contributing funds it is eligible to receive under this article to a joint powers agency of which it is a member to operate a public transportation system, may also file a claim under this article and may also file a claim for funds made available pursuant to Section 99313.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 769, Sec. 13. (AB 2679) Effective January 1, 2013.)

99261.
  

The transportation planning agency may adopt rules and regulations supplemental to, and consistent with, those of the department to further delineate procedures for the submission of claims and stating criteria by which they will be analyzed and evaluated.

The criteria may include a statement of intent to disallow any portion of an operator’s claim which calls for moneys to finance unreasonable or arbitrary increases in executive level salaries based on consideration of executive level salaries in other public agencies and in the public transportation industry, both nationally and within the state.

To the extent necessary to perform its duties under this article, the transportation planning agency has full access to the books, records, and accounts of claimant operators.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 579, Sec. 19.)

99261.5.
  

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board shall adopt rules and regulations for its area of jurisdiction.

The transportation planning agency may include in its rules and regulations any rule and regulation of the transit development board.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1055, Sec. 6.)

99262.
  

Claims for public transportation systems may include claims for money for all purposes necessary and convenient to the development and operation of the system, including planning and contributions to the transportation planning process, acquisition of real property, construction of facilities and buildings, purchase and replacement of vehicles (including those usable by disabled persons), and system operation, maintenance, and repair, payment for any of which purposes may take the form of direct expenditures or payment of principal and interest on equipment trust certificates, bonded or other indebtedness, or any amounts in accomplishment of a defeasance of any outstanding revenue bond indenture.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 769, Sec. 14. (AB 2679) Effective January 1, 2013.)

99263.
  

An approved claim may include an amount to pay the principal and interest on bonds of the applicant for a public transportation system.

This section shall not be construed as an authorization to any applicant to pledge revenues received from the county’s local transportation fund, unless approved by the voters of the county under Article 7 (commencing with Section 99320) of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1400.)

99264.
  

An operator shall not be eligible for allocation under this article if it routinely staffs with two or more persons a vehicle for public transportation purposes designed to be operated by one person.

(Added by renumbering Section 99266.7 by Stats. 1979, Ch. 161.)

99266.
  

No moneys may be allocated to an operator whose claim includes funds for an increase in operating budget in excess of 15 percent above the preceding year or substantial increase or decrease in scope of operations or capital budget provisions for major new fixed facilities, unless the operator’s claim is accompanied by statements, reports, and such other supporting data as may be reasonably required to substantiate such change.

(Amended by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1408.)

99267.
  

If an operator ceases operations, any capital acquisitions made by that operator from funds allocated to it pursuant to this article may be transferred to any claimant to provide transportation services under this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 630, Sec. 7.)

99268.
  

The expenditure of the funds received under this article by an operator may in no year exceed 50 percent of the amount required to meet operating, maintenance, and capital and debt service requirements of the system after deduction therefrom of approved federal grants estimated to be received and funds estimated to be allocated pursuant to Section 99314.5.

Notwithstanding the 50-percent limitation, the amount budgeted for capital requirements in any year or other period up to five years, less the amount of federal and other state funds granted or approved therefor, may be allocated and expended for capital improvements to a grade-separated mass transit system, if construction of such facilities has been found to be not inconsistent with the regional transportation plan of the transportation planning agency. Within such five-year period, the transportation planning agency may order the amount of the allocation in any year to be set aside and accumulated for accomplishment of the particular project.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 161.)

99268.1.
  

Commencing with claims for the 1980–81 fiscal year, an operator that was in compliance with Section 99268 during the 1978–79 fiscal year in order to be eligible for funds under this article shall be eligible for such funds in any fiscal year, if it remains in compliance with that section during the fiscal year. The determination of compliance for any fiscal year shall be made in the same manner as the determination was made for the 1978–79 fiscal year, except for the exemption provided under Section 99267.5. An allowance for depreciation shall be made in the same manner as provided in the 1978–79 fiscal year.

For purposes of this section, an operator granted a waiver from the requirements of Section 99268 pursuant to Section 99268.8, as it read on January 1, 1979, shall not be deemed in compliance with that section.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1124, Sec. 1.)

99268.2.
  

In the case of an operator required to be in compliance with Section 99268 under Section 99268.1, the operator may be allocated additional funds that could not be allocated to it because of those requirements, if it maintains, for the fiscal year, a ratio of fare revenues to operating cost, as defined by subdivision (a) of Section 99247, at least equal to one-fifth if serving an urbanized area or one-tenth if serving a nonurbanized area.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 716, Sec. 4. (SB 508) Effective January 1, 2016.)

99268.3.
  

(a) In the case of an operator that is serving an urbanized area, and that was eligible for funds under this article during the 1978–79 fiscal year even though not required to be in compliance with Section 99268 or that commenced operation after that fiscal year, the operator shall be eligible for those funds in any fiscal year, commencing with claims for the 1980–81 fiscal year, if it maintains, for the fiscal year, a ratio of fare revenues to operating cost, as defined by subdivision (a) of Section 99247, at least equal to one-fifth.

(b) In the case of an operator that is serving an urbanized area, and that was in operation during the 1978–79 fiscal year even though not then eligible for funds under this article, but that has since become eligible for those funds, the operator shall be eligible for the funds in any fiscal year, commencing with the 1980–81 fiscal year, if it complies with either of the following:

(1) The requirements of Section 99268.

(2) The requirements of subdivision (a).

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 716, Sec. 5. (SB 508) Effective January 1, 2016.)

99268.4.
  

In the case of an operator that is serving a nonurbanized area, and that was eligible for funds under this article during the 1978–79 fiscal year even though not required to be in compliance with Section 99268 or that commenced operation after that fiscal year, the operator shall be eligible for those funds in any fiscal year, commencing with claims for the 1980–81 fiscal year, if it maintains, for the fiscal year, a ratio of fare revenues to operating cost, as defined by subdivision (a) of Section 99247, at least equal to one-tenth.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 716, Sec. 6. (SB 508) Effective January 1, 2016.)

99268.5.
  

(a) Commencing with claims for the 1980–81 fiscal year, no funds shall be allocated under this article in any fiscal year to an operator providing services using vehicles for the exclusive use of elderly and disabled persons, unless the operator maintains, for the fiscal year, a ratio of fare revenues to operating cost, as defined by subdivision (a) of Section 99247, for those services at least equal to one-tenth or to the ratio it had for those services during the 1978–79 fiscal year, whichever is greater.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), an operator which provides both exclusive transportation services for elderly and disabled persons and regular scheduled public transportation services may be allocated funds under this article for the exclusive service if the combined services qualify under Section 99268.1, 99268.2, 99268.3, or 99268.4, as the case may be, and the ratio of fare revenues to operating cost for the combined service shall not be less than the ratio required in order to make allocations to the operator for its regular scheduled services.

(c) In a county which had less than 500,000 population as determined by the 1970 federal decennial census and more than 500,000 in population as determined by the 1980 or 1990 federal decennial census, an operator in the county shall maintain a ratio of fare revenues to operating cost, as defined by subdivision (a) of Section 99247, at least equal to one-fifth if serving an urbanized area or one-tenth if serving a nonurbanized area.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 769, Sec. 15. (AB 2679) Effective January 1, 2013.)

99268.6.
  

(a) If a joint powers entity providing public transportation services was funded at any time under this article and is subsequently dissolved, any succeeding entity providing such services shall not be eligible for funding, unless it conforms to Section 99268.1, 99268.2, 99268.3, 99268.4, 99268.5, or 99268.9, as the case may be, which applied to its predecessor.

(b) Except a city or a county filing a claim pursuant to Section 99260.7, no public agency providing public transportation services, after withdrawing from, or while remaining in, a joint powers entity providing public transportation services, shall be eligible for funding under this article, unless it conforms to Section 99268.1, 99268.2, 99268.3, 99268.4, or 99268.9, as the case may be, that the joint powers entity is required to conform with in order to be eligible for such funding at the time the public agency commences its public transportation services. The public agency is an operator and shall be subject to Section 99268.9.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 1002.)

99268.7.
  

Any unallocated funds resulting from the limitations of Section 99268 may be used for capital intensive transit-related improvements. Every effort shall be made to obtain federal funds for the purposes of this section. Such improvements shall include, but not be limited to, park-and-ride lots, terminal facilities, bus waiting shelters, exclusive lanes for buses, and the acquisition of vehicles and rolling stock for replacement purposes.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 161.)

99268.8.
  

The required ratios of fare revenues to operating cost prescribed by this article shall not apply to an extension of public transportation services until two years after the end of the fiscal year in which the extension of services was put into operation. As used in this section, “extension of public transportation services” includes additions of geographical areas or route miles, or improvements in service frequency or hours of service greater than 25 percent of the route total, or the addition of new days of service, and for transit service claimants also includes the addition of a new type of service, such as van, taxi, or bus.

Within 90 days after the end of the first year of implementation, the operator shall submit to the transportation planning agency, the county transportation commission, or the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board having jurisdiction over it, a report on the extension of public transportation services, including, but not limited to, the area served, the revenues generated, and the cost to provide the extended services.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1399, Sec. 2. Operative July 1, 1987, by Sec. 6 of Ch. 1399.)

99268.9.
  

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b), if an operator was allocated funds under this article during a fiscal year in which it did not maintain the required ratio of fare revenues to operating cost, the operator’s eligibility to receive moneys from the local transportation fund and allocations pursuant to Sections 99313.3 and 99314.3 shall be reduced during a subsequent penalty year by the amount of the difference between the required fare revenues and the actual fare revenues for the fiscal year that the required ratio was not maintained. The penalty year shall be the fiscal year that begins one year after the end of the fiscal year during which the required ratio was not maintained.

An operator subject to this subdivision shall demonstrate to the transportation planning agency, the county transportation commission, or the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board how it will achieve the required ratio of fare revenues during any penalty year.

(b) The first fiscal year for which an operator does not maintain the required ratio of fare revenues to operating cost is deemed a grace year, and shall not result in any penalty nor loss of eligibility for funds under this article.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1399, Sec. 3. Operative July 1, 1987, by Sec. 6 of Ch. 1399.)

99268.11.
  

Sections 99268.3, 99268.4, and 99268.9 may be waived by the transportation planning agency with respect to an operator during any fiscal year in which both of the following occurred, if the waiver is necessary to enable the operator to provide vital public transportation services:

(a) The operator sustained two separate work stoppages for 15 days or longer due to labor disputes.

(b) At least one of the work stoppages was not related to a labor dispute with the operator.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 115, Sec. 4. Effective May 10, 1984.)

99268.12.
  

Notwithstanding Sections 99268.2 and 99268.3, the transportation planning agency or the county transportation commission may set the required ratio of fare revenue to operating cost at not less than three-twentieths for an operator in a county with a population of 500,000 or less and serving an urbanized area where funds may be allocated under Article 8 (commencing with Section 99400). Prior to setting the required ratio, the transportation planning agency or the county transportation commission shall make findings specifying the reasons for its action.

(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 56, Sec. 157.)

99268.16.
  

Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 99247, the costs of providing ridesharing services are excluded from operating costs.

(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1143, Sec. 2.)

99268.17.
  

(a) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 99247, the following costs shall be excluded from the definition of “operating cost” for the purposes of calculating any required ratios of fare revenues to operating cost specified in this article:

(1) The additional operating costs required to provide comparable complementary paratransit service as required by Section 37.121 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, pursuant to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.), as identified in the operator’s paratransit plan pursuant to Section 37.139 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations that exceed the operator’s costs required to provide comparable complementary paratransit service in the prior year as adjusted by the Consumer Price Index.

(2) Cost increases beyond the change in the Consumer Price Index for all of the following:

(A) Fuel.

(B) Alternative fuel programs.

(C) Power, including electricity.

(D) Insurance premiums and payments in settlement of claims arising out of the operator’s liability.

(E) State and federal mandates.

(3) Startup costs for new services for a period of not more than two years.

(b) The exclusion of costs from the definition of operating costs in subdivision (a) applies solely for the purpose of this article and does not authorize an operator to report an operating cost other than as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 99247 or a ratio of fare revenue to operating cost other than as that ratio is described elsewhere in this article, to any of the following entities:

(1) The Controller pursuant to Section 99243.

(2) The entity conducting the fiscal audit pursuant to Section 99245.

(3) The entity conducting the performance audit pursuant to Section 99246.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 716, Sec. 7. (SB 508) Effective January 1, 2016.)

99268.18.
  

The exclusions contained in Sections 99268.10, 99268.16, and 99268.17 shall not be applicable for purposes of determining an operator’s compliance with Section 99268.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 800, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1994.)

99268.19.
  

If fare revenues are insufficient to meet the applicable ratio of fare revenues to operating cost required by this article, an operator may satisfy that requirement by supplementing its fare revenues with local funds. As used in this section, “local funds” means any nonfederal or nonstate grant funds or other revenues generated by, earned by, or distributed to an operator.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 716, Sec. 8. (SB 508) Effective January 1, 2016.)

99269.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, all operators providing service within the area under the jurisdiction of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board and filing claims pursuant to Section 99260 shall be considered a single operator. In order for all those operators to be eligible for funds under this article, an areawide ratio of fare revenues to operating cost, as defined by subdivision (a) of Section 99247, shall be determined on the basis of the total operating cost and total fare revenues of all the operators, which ratio shall not be less than the areawide ratio for the 1978–79 fiscal year.

(b) In calculating the areawide ratio for the 1978–79 fiscal year, only the fare revenues and the operating costs of those operators that are in compliance with Section 99268, 99268.1, 99268.2, or 99268.3, whichever section was applicable to the operator during the 1978–79 fiscal year, are to be used.

(c) During the period of the first two years of operation, a new operator subject to this section shall claim each year no more than 75 percent of its total operating cost for that year.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1055, Sec. 8.)

99270.
  

On or after the first day of any fiscal year, an operator may engage in temporary borrowing pursuant to Article 7.6 (commencing with Section 53850), Chapter 4, Part 1, Division 2, Title 5 of the Government Code and for such purposes “revenues” as defined in Sections 53856 and 53858 of that code may include the amount of any claim permitted under this article if a claim has been filed and approved. The amount of any claim for the purposes of this section shall be subject to the limitations on claims specified in this chapter; provided that the calculations of the limitations referred to herein may be based upon estimates of the operator.

The payments made for temporary borrowing authorized under this section shall not be deemed capital expenditures for purposes of Section 99267.

The power of an operator to levy taxes shall not be a prerequisite to its power to issue notes as general obligations pursuant to Article 7.6.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 812.)

99270.1.
  

If an operator serves urbanized and nonurbanized areas in the area of jurisdiction of a transportation planning agency, the transportation planning agency shall adopt rules and regulations to determine what portion of the public transportation services of the operator serves urbanized areas and what portion serves nonurbanized areas to determine its required ratio of fare revenues to operating cost, as defined by subdivision (a) of Section 99247, or its required ratio of the sum of fare revenues and local support to operating cost, or both.

The transportation planning agency shall submit the rules and regulations to the department for approval.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 579, Sec. 20.)

99270.2.
  

If an operator serves an area that was first designated as an urbanized area in the 1980 or a subsequent federal census, the transportation planning agency or the county transportation commission may grant the operator time, but not more than five years from July 1 of the year following the year of the census, to meet the ratio of fare revenues to operating cost required of an operator serving an urbanized area.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1399, Sec. 5. Operative July 1, 1987, by Sec. 6 of Ch. 1399.)

99270.5.
  

In determining whether there is compliance with Section 99268.1, 99268.2, 99268.3, 99268.4, 99268.5, or 99268.9, as the case may be, by operators serving the area of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, excluding the City and County of San Francisco, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission may make that determination for all or some of the operators as a group, if the Metropolitan Transportation Commission finds that the public transportation services of the operators grouped are coordinated.

(Added by renumbering Section 99270 (as added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 1002) by Stats. 1986, Ch. 248, Sec. 213.)

99270.6.
  

In determining whether there is compliance with Section 99268.1, 99268.2, 99268.3, 99268.4, 99268.5, or 99268.9, as the case may be, by operators serving the area of Sacramento County and the cities within the county, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments may make that determination for all or some of the operators as a group, if the Sacramento Area Council of Governments finds that the public transportation services of the operators grouped are coordinated. Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the fare recovery ratio for the Sacramento Regional Transit District shall be no less than 23 percent.

(Added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 229, Sec. 1. (AB 432) Effective January 1, 2013.)

99270.8.
  

(a) This section shall only apply to an individual operator that both has its primary service area in the Stanislaus Council of Governments’ jurisdiction and files claims with the Stanislaus Council of Governments pursuant to Section 99260.

(b) (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, in determining if an individual operator complies with Section 99268.1, 99268.2, 99268.3, 99268.4, 99268.5, or 99268.9, the Stanislaus Council of Governments may reduce the applicable ratio of fare revenues to operating cost for an individual operator by up to five percentage points from the ratio that was effective during the 2015–16 fiscal year.

(2) The Stanislaus Council of Governments may use the calculation method described in this section for calculations beginning with the 2018–19 fiscal year.

(c) (1) If the Stanislaus Council of Governments reduces an individual operator’s ratio pursuant to this section, the Stanislaus Council of Governments, before January 1, 2020, shall submit a report to the transportation policy committee of each house of the Legislature and to the department analyzing the options for organizing and supporting transit service in the county.

(2) The report shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

(A) A description of the transit routes operating within the county.

(B) The service levels on those transit routes, including any planned expansions or consolidations.

(C) The ridership numbers for those transit routes.

(D) The annual budget numbers for the transit services provided by each individual operator in the county, including its ratio of fare revenues to operating cost and any salary increases since the enactment of this section.

(3) A report to be submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(d) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2020, and, as of January 1, 2021, is repealed.

(Added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 107, Sec. 1. (SB 903) Effective July 16, 2018. Inoperative July 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, by its own provisions.)

99271.
  

(a) An operator shall be eligible for allocations under this article, on and after July 1, 1976, only if the current cost of its retirement system is fully funded with respect to the officers and employees of its public transportation system, or if the operator is implementing a plan approved by the transportation planning agency which will fully fund the retirement system for such officers and employees within 40 years.

(b) “Fully funded” with respect to the retirement system, means that the system, at any particular time, has assets determined to be sufficient to provide for the payment of all pension and other benefits to such officers and employees then entitled, or who may become entitled, under terms of the system to an immediate or deferred benefit in respect to service rendered by such officers and employees.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1275.)

99272.
  

An operator that has a private pension plan shall be eligible for allocations under this article, on and after July 1, 1976, only if the operator does both of the following:

(a) Conducts periodic actuarial studies of its employee pension plans to determine the annual cost of future pension benefits.

(b) Sets aside and invests, on a current basis, funds sufficient to provide for the payment of future pension benefits.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 988, Sec. 12.)

99273.
  

An operator that has a private pension plan shall be eligible for allocations under this article, on and after July 1, 1976, only if the operator reports in its financial statements, at least annually, all of the following:

(a) The actuarially determined amount of pension liability.

(b) The amount of cash funds set aside and invested to meet the pension liability.

(c) The amount of any deficit in the pension fund.

(d) The financial plan adopted to eliminate the deficit in the pension fund.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1275.)

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