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DIVISION 10. TRANSIT DISTRICTS [24501 - 107025]

  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.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

PART 16. SONOMA-MARIN AREA RAIL TRANSIT DISTRICT [105000 - 105337]

  ( Part 16 added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. )

CHAPTER 2. Formation of District [105010 - 105012]
  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. )

105010.
  

There is hereby created the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District, comprising the territory lying within the boundaries of the Counties of Marin and Sonoma.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2003.)

105011.
  

Through compliance with the provisions for annexation set forth in Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 105280), the territory of all or part of any other contiguous county may be included within the district.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2003.)

105012.
  

(a) Upon the dissolution of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Commission and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority, the district shall succeed to any or all of the powers, duties, rights, obligations, liabilities, indebtedness, bonded and otherwise, immunities, and exemptions of the commission and its board of commissioners and the authority and its board of directors.

(b) Upon the dissolution of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Commission and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority, the district shall assume the rights and obligations of the commission and the authority under any contract to which the commission or the authority is a party and which is to be performed, in whole or in part, on or after the date of dissolution of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Commission and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority, including, without limitation, any existing operating agreements with the North Coast Railroad Authority. The district shall thereafter negotiate in good faith a new operating agreement with the North Coast Railroad Authority. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement on the new operating agreement, the parties shall select a mutually agreed upon third party to mediate a resolution of the dispute.

(c) All real and personal property owned by the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Commission and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority may be transferred to the district. Any real or personal property owned individually or jointly by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, the County of Marin, or the Marin County Transit District, or any other public agency, may be transferred to the district. The transfer of any right-of-way from the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, the County of Marin, or the Marin County Transit District to the district shall be made subject to any existing easements for freight and passenger excursion service issued to the North Coast Railroad Authority prior to the time of the transfer.

(d) Upon the dissolution of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Commission, the district shall assume, without any condition whatsoever, all responsibilities and obligations previously assumed by the commission with respect to its fund transfer agreement with Caltrans for the funding of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Project.

(e) On and after the date of dissolution of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Commission and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority, any reference in any provision of law or regulation to the commission or the authority shall be deemed to refer to the district.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2003.)

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