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  ( Division 11 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 294. )

CHAPTER 4. Powers and Functions [120200 - 120488]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 294. )

ARTICLE 4. Facilities and Services [120260 - 120269]
  ( Heading of Article 4 amended by Stats. 1978, Ch. 577. )


The board shall provide input to the San Diego Association of Governments on the planning and construction of exclusive public mass transit guideways in the area under its jurisdiction in conformance with the California Transportation Plan and the regional transportation plan developed pursuant to Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 65080) of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 303, Sec. 447. (AB 731) Effective January 1, 2016.)


Subject to Section 120260, if the board determines that there is a countywide agency capable of operating exclusive public mass transit guideways, the board shall contract with that agency for such operation.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 294.)


Priority for guideway development shall be given to meeting the transportation needs of areawide corridors of travel. If the transit development board determines that a guideway system intended solely for an activity center is appropriate, the approval of the California Transportation Commission is necessary prior to the use of funds allocated from the State Highway Account in the State Transportation Fund for the guideway system.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1124, Sec. 11.)


The transit development board may acquire, construct, maintain, and operate (or let a contract in conformity with state labor laws and subdivision (d) of Section 120508 to operate) public transit systems and related transportation facilities and services as it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this division in conformity with, and to the extent provided in, the San Diego Regional Transportation Consolidation Act (Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 132350) of Division 12.7). The various systems, facilities, and services may be administered by the transit development board under the name of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 557, Sec. 16. Effective October 5, 2005.)


(a) The San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board may enter into contracts with any city in its area of jurisdiction and with the County of San Diego to license or regulate by ordinance any transportation services rendered wholly within the city’s corporate limits or within the unincorporated area.

(b) The board shall levy the fees necessary to recover the full cost of licensing and regulating these services.

(Added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1279, Sec. 3.)


(a) The board may, by ordinance, regulate vehicle safety and driver qualifications for passenger jitney service operating between cities and between a city and unincorporated portions of San Diego County within the area of its jurisdiction.

(b) The board shall levy the fees necessary to recover the full cost of regulating these services.

(c) For purposes of this section, the term “passenger jitney service” includes every corporation or person engaged as a common carrier, for compensation, in the ownership, control, operation, or management of a passenger transportation service by motor vehicles of not more than 15 passenger capacity, excluding the driver, which operate between fixed termini and over a regular route and generally on short, nonscheduled, headways.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 953, Sec. 1.)


The board may enter into cooperative agreements with cities within its area of jurisdiction and with the County of San Diego to establish uniform policies and regulations governing the use of bus passenger loading zones and establishing responsibility and standards for the maintenance of bus loading zones and any associated improvements.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 222, Sec. 3.)


(a) If the board licenses or regulates any transportation service, pursuant to Section 120266, or any passenger jitney service, pursuant to Section 120267, and the licensed or regulated service employs, or contracts with, any driver who (1) is not required to be tested for controlled substances and alcohol pursuant to Part 382 (commencing with Section 382.101) of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 53075.5 of the Government Code, Section 1032.1 of this code, or Section 34520 of the Vehicle Code, and (2) is not exempted under Section 34520 of the Vehicle Code, the board shall adopt, by ordinance or resolution, a mandatory controlled substance and alcohol testing certification program for those drivers.

(b) The program adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall meet substantially the requirements set forth in paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 53075.5 of the Government Code.

(c) Evidence derived from a positive test result collected pursuant to the program adopted under subdivision (a) shall not be admissible in a criminal prosecution concerning unlawful possession, sale, or distribution of controlled substances.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 405, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 1996.)

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