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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  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.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 5. Relationships Between Operators [99280 - 99299]
  ( Heading of Article 5 amended by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1408. )

99280.
  

An included municipal operator shall not establish a public transportation system either by adding new routes or extending existing routes, by acquisition or otherwise, outside of its boundaries and outside of the reserved service area consisting of the area that would be formed by joining all points that are distant three-quarters of one mile from any point of any of its regularly scheduled routes in existence and in operation on March 1, 1971. No point within such reserved service area shall be more than three-quarters of a mile from a point on one of such regularly scheduled routes, without first providing the governing board of the transit district with a 60-day advance written notice of its intention to add new routes or extend existing routes outside of the reserved service area. Within 30 days of receiving such written notice, the governing body of the transit district shall either (a) notify the included municipal operator that the transit district does not intend to add or extend the routes in question itself, in which case the included municipal operator may proceed with implementation of its plans; or (b) serve immediate notice upon the included municipal operator that the transit district desires to establish the proposed new service itself and is otherwise not precluded from doing so. In the event that the governing body of the transit district elects to provide the service in question, it shall institute such service within 60 days of the time proposed by the included municipal operator for initiation of such service.

The operation by included municipal operators of new or extended routes established pursuant to this section are subject to the condition whereby the transit district may assume operation of such new or extended routes, if it is not otherwise precluded from doing so, after a 60-day notification by the transit district to the included municipal operator. No route so assumed by the transit district may be abandoned by the transit district without first serving a 60-day written notice of intent to abandon on the included municipal operator which previously provided the service. Subsequent to the abandonment by the transit district, the included municipal operator may, at its option, resume service if it is not otherwise precluded from doing so.

Any included municipal operator, as a condition precedent to filing a claim under Article 4 (commencing with Section 99260) of this chapter, shall file with the transportation planning agency a certified route map showing those regularly scheduled routes in existence and in operation on March 1, 1971, outside of its boundaries. Such certified map shall also indicate by an appropriate legend the service area where the consent of the transit district is not required under the terms of this section.

The establishment of new routes, or the extension of existing routes, outside the boundaries of an included municipal operator, but within the reserved service area, as defined in this section, shall not be permitted where the operation or establishment of such routes will compete with or divert patronage from a route of the transit district as of the date the transit district is given the notice hereinafter required. Before any such new routes are established or existing routes are extended, the included municipal operator shall give the transit district an appropriate 60-day notice.

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

99281.
  

The transit district may operate or establish new routes or extend existing routes in all or part of the area outside a municipal operator, except where the operation or establishment of that service will compete with or divert patronage from an existing service of any included municipal operator or service in a reserved service area under Section 99280. However, this limitation upon the district does not apply with respect to services established outside a reserved service area by an included municipal operator under Section 99280.

Unless both the department and the statutorily created regional transportation planning agency designate otherwise, the transit district has the sole prerogative of using funds available under this chapter for the purpose of constructing and operating a grade-separated mass transit system, regardless of whether the operation of the system competes with or diverts patronage from any services of an included municipal operator.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 579, Sec. 21.)

99282.
  

All operators shall be encouraged to establish maximum coordination of public transportation services, fares, transfer privileges, and all other related matters for the overall improvement of public transportation service to the general public requiring such services within the affected areas.

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

99282.5.
  

Where there are two or more operators within its area of jurisdiction, the transportation planning agency, the county transportation commission, and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board, as the case may be, shall adopt, not later than July 1, 1980, rules and regulations to provide for transfers between the public transportation services of the operators so that such services will be coordinated.

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

99283.
  

The consent of a transit district to the operation of a public transportation system by an included municipal operator pursuant to Section 99280 may include a requirement for interchange of transfers on an appropriate basis between the public transportation system of the included municipal operator and the public transportation system of the transit district, or any nominee of such transit district, in connection with the furnishing of services by such public transportation systems.

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

99284.
  

The violation by a transit district or an included municipal operator of any provisions of this article, or of any agreement between them with regard to providing public transportation services, shall disqualify the violator from filing a public transportation claim pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 99260) of this chapter, and the transportation planning agency shall take no further action in connection with the approval of any pending public transportation claim of such violator until it determines that such violation has ceased.

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

99285.
  

(a) The county transportation commissions created pursuant to Division 12 (commencing with Section 130000), including those agencies in Los Angeles County created by statute that assume the same statutory obligations as county transportation commissions, shall submit to the transportation planning agency those claims to be funded, and the transportation planning agency shall approve only those claims submitted.

(b) Each commission shall adopt appropriate criteria by which claims shall be analyzed and evaluated, and shall approve only those claims which will provide for a coordinated public transportation system consistent with the adopted transportation improvement program and adopted regional transportation plan and which will not result in undesirable duplication of public transportation services.

(c) In considering proposals, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority shall consider, among other things, the fare revenue to operating cost ratio and the public transit service mileage of each operator in the authority operating area, but under no circumstances shall the included municipal operators in existence and receiving formula allocation program funding on July 1, 1996, receive less than the percentage of state, federal, and local funds allocated in the 1995–96 fiscal year for bus services. An operator designated as an included municipal operator effective July 1, 1996, shall, under no circumstances, receive less than its percentage of state, federal, and local funds for eligible services pursuant to the formula specified in subdivision (d).

Under no circumstances shall included or eligible municipal operators, as defined in Sections 99207 and 99207.5, respectively, in existence on July 1, 1996, and receiving formula-equivalent funding from sources other than federal operating funds pursuant to Section 5307 of Title 49 of the United State Code, and funds claimed under Article 4 (commencing with Section 99260) and Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 99310) of this chapter receive less than the proportional share allocated during the 1995–96 fiscal year from the Proposition A 40 percent fund and other available funding sources.

(d) Commencing with the 1996–97 fiscal year, eligible and included municipal operators and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority shall continue to be allocated not less than the amount that would be allocated to them under the formula allocation procedure in effect July 1, 1995, and under subdivision (i). Based upon audited transit performance data submitted for bus transit operations covering the most recent year for which audited data is available, each of those operator’s share of the funds available for allocation shall be calculated as follows: 50 percent of the operator’s vehicle service miles, and 50 percent of the operator’s passenger revenues divided by its base cash fare.

(e) A three-fourths vote of the principal members of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority shall be required to modify the formulas for allocating of funds available for bus service under this section to the authority operator and included and eligible municipal operators, as defined or described in Sections 99207, 99207.5, and 130050.2.

(f) (1) A two-thirds vote of the members shall be required in order to establish or change the criteria for admitting new included municipal operators for eligibility for funds allocated under Article 4 (commencing with Section 99260).

(2) A two-thirds vote of the members shall be required, based on the criteria in effect under paragraph (1), to allocate funds under Article 4 (commencing with Section 99260) to any “included municipal operator,” as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 99207, which has not previously received funds under this article.

(g) The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority shall give equal consideration to the capital projects of all operators in the county, and shall allocate regional federal bus transit capital funds based on the authority’s capital allocation procedure existing on July 1, 1995, exclusive of funds specifically earmarked by federal law for other purposes.

(h) It is the intent of the Legislature that neither this section nor the creation of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its operating organizational unit shall impact the allocation of funds pursuant to Article 8 (commencing with Section 99400) by local agencies currently eligible to receive these funds.

(i) As part of the formula allocation procedure used to distribute from a state transit assistance fund, the Mills-Deddeh Transportation Development Act (Division 11 (commencing with Section 120000) of the Public Utilities Code), Section 5307 of Title 49 of the United States Code, and Proposition A 40 percent funds pursuant to this chapter, and federal operating funds to Los Angeles County operators, eligible and included municipal operators designated on September 25, 1991, or July 1, 1992, who, since that time, have received annual allocations of local sales tax funding in lieu of specified formula funds, shall continue to receive those same formula-equivalent levels of funding from local discretionary sources. Included municipal operators who receive annual allocations of local sales tax funding for specified services or service levels shall continue to receive equivalent levels of funding allocated from local sources for these services in the 1995–96 fiscal year.

(j) Ninety percent of the Proposition C 5 percent security funds shall be allocated to the included and eligible municipal operators and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority according to their proportionate number of transit passengers served. The funds shall be allocated only to those operators which have filed with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority a cost-effective program to provide transit security services. Any unallocated funds shall revert to the remaining balance of security funds which shall be disbursed at the discretion of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

(k) This section shall not impact or restrict the use of those portions of Mills-Deddeh Transportation Development Act, Proposition A, or Proposition C local return or other transportation funds allocated to cities or counties by population nor shall this section restrict the level or source of funding programmed by local jurisdiction to operators.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 554, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1997.)

99285.1.
  

For any fiscal year commencing on and after July 1, 1975, in determining the allocation of any operator pursuant to Section 99285, the public transit service mileage of any operator which has lost any days of operation due to strikes occurring prior to August 1, 1975, civil disorders, or acts of God shall equal its actual public transit service mileage times the number of days it would have been in operation but for such causes, divided by the number of days it was in actual operation.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 698.)

99285.2.
  

 Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 99285, any county transportation commission created pursuant to Division 12 (commencing with Section 130000) may adopt a resolution electing to approve the proposals to be funded and shall approve only those claims submitted for its approval.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 769, Sec. 16. (AB 2679) Effective January 1, 2013.)

99286.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no operator may plan or establish a public transportation system by adding or extending routes, by acquisition or otherwise, into the area of a contiguous transit district, nor may moneys be allocated from the fund of the county where such addition or extension is contemplated for such purposes, without the consent of the affected transit district.

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

99287.
  

(a) No provision of this article shall preclude the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District from planning, acquiring, constructing, and operating its system within or without the territory of the district as provided for by Article 5 (commencing with Section 29030), Chapter 6, Part 2 of Division 10. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (d) of Section 99220, in the event an extension is to be made into a county for which services have not been provided, the moneys within the fund of that county may be used to pay the costs of securing such services.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) or the limitations of Section 99231, during a period of up to five years that the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is planning any extension of its system into a county outside of the district but with a coterminous boundary with the district and which contains a major transportation facility belonging to another county or city and county, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission may order that any funds in the local transportation fund of such county that are not necessary to pay approved claims under Article 4 (commencing with Section 99260) of this chapter be retained.

(Added by renumbering Section 99303 by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1408.)

99288.
  

(a) Any city, county, or transit district may enter into a contract with any operator, except with an included municipal operator unless specifically approved by the governing body of the transit district in whose area the included municipal operator is located, for the operator to provide public transportation service in the city, county, or transit district. In that case, the operator providing the service may include the claim of the city, county, or transit district, as the case may be, with its claim. The claim may include an amount for reimbursement of the actual costs incurred by the city, county, or transit district for the administration, review, and monitoring of the contract. The amount so claimed shall not exceed 5 percent of the total amount of the contract for public transportation service in the city, county, or transit district.

(b) With the prior express authorization of the department, a transit district may include in its claim a proportional amount for regularly scheduled services outside its boundaries even though the contract specified in subdivision (a) has not been executed.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 579, Sec. 22.)

99289.
  

(a) Funds received by a city or county designated as an included municipal operator pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 99207 because it is not receiving adequate local public transportation service from any transit districts in which it is located may only be used by such a city or county to contract with an operator for public transportation services.

(b) If the Metropolitan Transportation Commission determines that it is not feasible on the basis of, among other things, cost to contract with an operator pursuant to subdivision (a), the city or county may use the funds for either or both of the following:

(1) The development and operation of a public transportation system.

(2) Public transportation service received under contract from an operator providing such service since at least July 1, 1972, or from a common carrier, as defined in Section 211, which is under the jurisdiction and control of the Public Utilities Commission and which is engaged in the transportation of persons, as defined in Section 208.

(c) The system or the service under the contract, as the case may be, shall be consistent, as determined by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, with the regional transportation plan.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 117.)

99299.
  

The provisions of this article shall control over the provisions of any other act or law applicable to a transit district to the extent of any conflict with such provisions.

(Added by renumbering Section 99285 by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1408.)

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