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DIVISION 10. TRANSIT DISTRICTS [24501 - 107025]

  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.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

PART 2. SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT [28500 - 29757]

  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056. )

CHAPTER 6. Powers and Functions of District [28950 - 29103]

  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056. )

ARTICLE 5. Rapid Transit Facilities and Service [29030 - 29047]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056. )

29030.
  

The district may provide a rapid transit system for the transportation of passengers and their incidental baggage.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29031.
  

The district may acquire, construct, own, operate, control, or use rights-of-way, rail lines, bus lines, stations, platforms, switches, yards, terminals, parking lots, and any and all other facilities necessary or convenient for rapid transit service within or partly without the district, underground, upon, or above the ground and under, upon, or over public streets, highways, bridges, or other public ways or waterways, together with all physical structures necessary or convenient for the access of persons and vehicles thereto, and may acquire any interest in or rights to the use or joint use of any or all of the foregoing; provided, that installations in state freeways shall be subject to the approval of the Department of Transportation and installations in other state highways shall be subject to Article 2 (commencing with Section 670), Chapter 3, Division 1 of the Streets and Highways Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 725, Sec. 15.)

29032.
  

The district may lease or contract for the use of its facilities, or any portion thereof, to any operator, and may provide for subleases by such operator upon such terms and conditions as it deems in the public interest. The word “operator” as used in this section means any city or public agency or any person, firm or private corporation.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29033.
  

The district may construct and operate or acquire and operate works and facilities in, under, upon, over, across, or along any street or public highway or any stream, bay or watercourse, or over any of the lands which are the property of the State, to the same extent that such rights and privileges appertaining thereto are granted to municipalities within the State.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29034.
  

The district may enter into agreements for the joint use of any property and rights by the district and any public agency or public utility operating transit facilities; may enter into agreements with any public agency or public utility operating any transit facilities, either wholly or partially within, or without, the district, for the joint use of any property of the district or of that public agency or public utility, or the establishment of through routes, joint fares, transfer of passengers or pooling arrangements.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 536, Sec. 2. Effective October 5, 2005.)

29034.5.
  

(a) The district may approve annexation of areas to the district pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 29500) or other forms of affiliation; however, the district shall meet its service commitments within its boundaries as they existed on January 1, 1971, before the district may expend any district funds for the purpose of extending services and facilities outside of those boundaries, except for the extension of services and facilities south of the Daly City Station to the terminus of the BART-San Francisco Airport Extension.

(b) This section does not preclude either of the following:

(1) Rail line extensions to other areas that may be annexed to, or in some other way are affiliated with, the district, if other than district funds are used to finance the construction and operation of the extensions.

(2) Improvements to existing district stations and yards.

(c) As used in this section, “service commitments” means the extension of district services and facilities to the Cities of Antioch, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, Livermore, and Fremont and to the northwest section of the City and County of San Francisco.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 70, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1997.)

29034.6.
  

(a) Not later than 1991, the district shall proceed to commence construction of an extension of its facilities to West Pittsburg, or to a point east of that location, if the funding described in subdivision (b) is sufficient and all of the following occur:

(1) The voters of Contra Costa County, at the November 8, 1988, general election, approve an additional one-half of 1 percent sales tax for transportation purposes.

(2) An increase in San Francisco Bay area bridge tolls, as proposed by Senate Bill No. 45 of the 1987–88 Regular Session, is approved.

(3) Sufficient funds are provided to the district from paragraphs (1) and (2) which, together with funds identified in subdivision (b), would result in the generation of at least four hundred twenty-five million dollars ($425,000,000) for the West Pittsburg BART extension.

(b) The district board of directors shall set aside at least thirty-four million dollars ($34,000,000) from district reserve funds and, if the district receives two hundred million dollars ($200,000,000) from the San Mateo County Transit District as a result of an agreement between the district and the San Mateo County Transit District, the district board of directors shall set aside at least an additional seventy-four million dollars ($74,000,000) for the purposes of this section. The district shall seek other funding as may be available from state and other sources to meet the objective of completing construction of an extension to West Pittsburg.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the district extend its service and facilities to eastern Contra Costa County as far as the four hundred twenty-five million dollars ($425,000,000) funding amount will permit.

(d) If funds generated from the additional Contra Costa County transportation sales tax or the increase in bridge tolls do not become available to the district, it is the intent of the Legislature that the district proceed with service and facilities extension as far as available funding sources permit.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1259, Sec. 1.)

29034.7.
  

(a) Not later than December 31, 1991, the district shall proceed to commence construction of an extension of its facilities to Dublin if an agreement is then existing between the district and the Alameda County Transportation Commission to provide funding for that extension in accordance with the Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan adopted pursuant to Section 131055.

(b) Not later than December 31, 1991, the district shall proceed to commence construction of an extension of its facilities to Warm Springs, subject to each of the following conditions:

(1) The Dublin extension is fully funded and ready for implementation.

(2) Appropriate federal and environmental approvals are obtained in a timely manner.

(3) Adequate funding is available from the sources described in subdivision (c).

(c) In order to meet the objective of completing construction of the Dublin and Warm Springs extensions of the district’s facilities, as contemplated by the Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan, the board of directors of the district shall take the following actions:

(1) Set aside, for expenditure on those projects, not less than fifty-eight million dollars ($58,000,000) from the district’s reserve funds.

(2) Commit for expenditure on those projects, an additional amount of not less than one hundred twenty-six million dollars ($126,000,000) if, pursuant to an agreement between the district and the San Mateo County Transit District, the district is to receive two hundred million dollars ($200,000,000) as a capital contribution from the San Mateo County Transit District.

(3) Seek additional funding as may be available from an increase in San Francisco Bay area bridge tolls pursuant to Chapter 406 of the Statutes of 1988, together with funding from state and other sources, to provide not less than six hundred two million dollars ($602,000,000) to fund the Dublin and Warm Springs extensions as provided for in the Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan.

(d) It is the intent of the Legislature, if funding, as provided for in the Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan and pursuant to paragraphs (2) and (3) of subdivision (c), does not become available to the district for the full extension of service and facilities described in subdivisions (a) and (b), that the district nevertheless undertake to provide the described extensions to the extent that available funding permits.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 491, Sec. 5. (SB 1318) Effective January 1, 2011.)

29035.
  

The district may operate such feeder bus lines and other feeder services as necessary.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29035.5.
  

Metropolitan Transportation Commission Resolution 3434, in December 2001, established the following Regional Transit Expansion Program for the San Francisco Bay area:

(a) BART to Warm Springs, sponsored by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District.

(b) BART from Warm Springs to Milpitas, San Jose, and Santa Clara, sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

(c) San Francisco Muni Third Street Light-Rail Transit Project: Phase 2-New Central Subway, sponsored by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and San Francisco Muni.

(d) BART/Oakland Airport Connector, sponsored by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District.

(e) Caltrain Downtown Extension/Rebuilt Transbay Terminal, sponsored by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.

(f) Caltrain Rapid Rail/Electrification, sponsored by the Joint Powers Board (Caltrain).

(g) Caltrain Express/Phase 1, sponsored by the Joint Powers Board (Caltrain).

(h) Downtown to East Valley Light-Rail and Bus Rapid Transit: Phases 1 and 2, sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

(i) Capitol Corridor: Phase 1 Expansion, sponsored by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority.

(j) AC Transit Oakland/San Leandro Bus Rapid Transit: Phase 1 (Enhanced Bus), sponsored by AC Transit.

(k) Regional Express Bus: Phase 1, sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

(l) Dumbarton Rail, sponsored by the Joint Powers Board (Caltrain).

(m) BART/East Contra Costa Rail Extension, sponsored by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and BART.

(n) BART/Tri-Valley Rail Extension, sponsored by the Alameda County Transportation Commission and BART.

(o) Altamont Commuter Express (ACE): Service Expansion, sponsored by the Altamont Commuter Express.

(p) Caltrain Express: Phase 2, sponsored by the Joint Powers Board (Caltrain).

(q) Capitol Corridor: Phase 2 Enhancements, sponsored by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority.

(r) Sonoma-Marin Rail, sponsored by Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit.

(s) AC Transit Enhanced Bus: Hesperian/Foothill/MacArthur Corridors, sponsored by AC Transit.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 491, Sec. 6. (SB 1318) Effective January 1, 2011.)

29036.
  

The board of directors shall refer for recommendation the plans of routes, rights of way, terminals, stations, yards and related facilities and improvements to the city councils and boards of supervisors within whose jurisdiction said facilities and improvements lie and to such other state, regional and local agencies and commissions as may be deemed appropriate by the board of directors. The board of directors shall give due consideration to all recommendations submitted.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29037.
  

The district shall not interfere with or exercise any control over any transit facilities now or hereafter owned and operated wholly or partly within the district by any city or public agency, unless by consent of such city or public agency and upon such terms as are mutually agreed upon between the board and such city or public agency.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29038.
  

The rates and charges for service furnished pursuant to this part shall be fixed by a two-thirds vote of the board and shall be reasonable. Insofar as practicable, the rates shall be fixed so as to result in revenue which will be sufficient to do all of the following:

(a) Pay the operating expenses of the district.

(b) Provide for repairs, maintenance, and depreciation of works owned or operated by the district.

(c) Provide for the purchase, lease, or acquisition of rolling stock, including provisions for interest, sinking funds, reserve funds, or other funds required for the payment of any obligations incurred by the district for the acquisition of rolling stock.

(d) After making any current allocation of funds required for the foregoing purposes and by the terms of any indebtedness incurred under Articles 6 (commencing with Section 29240) and 7 (commencing with Section 29250) of Chapter 8, provide funds for any purpose the board deems necessary and desirable to carry out the purposes of this part.

(Amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 714, Sec. 391.)

29039.
  

The board of supervisors of a county or a city and county, or the city council of a municipality having territory located within the district may file a request for a hearing before the district board as to the reasonableness of any rates or charges fixed by the district and as to any proposal for fixing the location of facilities by the district. The request shall be in writing and shall state the subject matter on which a hearing is desired.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29040.
  

Upon the filing of a request for hearing as provided in Section 29039 the district board shall fix the time and place for hearing. The time fixed shall not be less than fifteen (15) days nor more than sixty (60) days from the date such request is filed. Notice of such hearing shall be given to the county or city requesting such hearing and shall be published by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29041.
  

At the time fixed for any hearing before the board any board of supervisors or city council eligible to file a request for hearing, not a party to the original request for hearing, may intervene and shall be entitled to be heard and to introduce evidence.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29042.
  

The district, petitioner or petitioners, and the intervenors shall have the right to call and examine witnesses; to introduce exhibits; to cross-examine opposing witnesses on any matter relevant to the issues even though that matter was not covered in direct examination; and to rebut evidence introduced by other parties.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29043.
  

Oral evidence shall be taken only on oath or affirmation. The hearing need not be conducted according to technical rules relating to evidence and witnesses. Any relevant evidence shall be admitted if it is the sort of evidence on which responsible persons are accustomed to rely in the conduct of serious business affairs, regardless of the existence of any common law or statutory rule which might make improper the admission of such evidence over objection in a civil action. Hearsay evidence may be used for the purpose of supplementing or explaining any direct evidence but shall not be sufficient in itself to support a finding unless it would be admissible over objection in a civil action.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29044.
  

A complete record of all proceedings and testimony before the board at such hearing shall be taken down by a reporter appointed by the board. In case an action is brought to review any decision of the board, a transcript of such testimony, together with all exhibits or copies thereof introduced, together with the written request for hearing and other proceedings in the cause shall constitute the record on review; provided, however, that the board and other parties may stipulate in writing that a specified portion of the evidence be certified to the court for judgment and in such case the portion of the evidence specified and the stipulation specifying such evidence shall be the record on review.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29045.
  

Within thirty (30) days after submission of the case the board shall render its decision in writing together with written findings of fact. Copies of the findings and decision shall be sent forthwith to the petitioners and intervenors by registered mail, postage prepaid.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29046.
  

Within forty (40) days after the mailing of the decision to the petitioner, the petitioner may apply for a writ of mandate in the manner provided in the Code of Civil Procedure. The complete record of the proceedings, or such parts thereof as are designated by the petitioner, shall be prepared by the district and shall be delivered to the petitioner within thirty (30) days after a request therefor, upon payment of the expense of preparation and certification thereof.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29047.
  

The district shall be subject to regulations of the Public Utilities Commission relating to safety appliances and procedures, and the commission shall inspect all work done pursuant to this part and may make such further additions or changes necessary for the purpose of safety to employees and the general public.

The commission shall enforce the provisions of this section.

The district shall reimburse the commission for any cost incurred by the commission in regulating pursuant to this section when such regulating is performed (a) by persons not on the staff of the commission or (b) by the staff of the commission but not funded by a Budget Act appropriation. The reimbursement shall be in the amount as agreed upon by the district and the commission and approved by the Director of Finance. If the district and the commission are unable to agree as to the amount of the cost, the Director of Finance shall determine the amount.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1089.)

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