Today's Law As Amended


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AB-577 Rail construction: County of Los Angeles.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 21, 2014


SECTION 1.
 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature to give local residents the flexibility needed to address the growing demands of public transportation in the greater San Fernando Valley by allowing the installation of above-ground rail transit along the Los Angeles Metro Orange Line.
(b) Currently, the Los Angeles Metro Orange Line runs on a dedicated bus route known as a bus rapid transit system. When bus rapid transit was determined to be the preferred alternative, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority estimated that Orange Line ridership would average 16,000 riders on weekdays. As of September 2012, average ridership was 31,787, nearly double the initial estimate. It is evident that the San Fernando Valley has outgrown this bus rapid transit system. The greater San Fernando Valley needs a rail system on par with other parts of the region in order to transport a larger number of riders quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively.
(c) By repealing the ban on light rail installation along the Orange Line, local residents will be able to take the first step toward a 21st Century transit system, which will lead to greater connectivity to other transportation lines throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

SEC. 2.

 Section 30648 of the Public Utilities Code is repealed.

SEC. 3.

 Section 130265 of the Public Utilities Code is repealed.