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AB-1605 City and County of San Francisco: Crooked Street Reservation and Pricing Program.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Article 3.5 (commencing with Section 21150) is added to Chapter 1 of Division 11 of the Vehicle Code, to read:

Article  3.5. Crooked Street Reservation and Pricing Pilot Program
21150.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Due to over two million annual visitors, and daily queuing for up to 10 hours, traffic congestion on and around the 1000 block of Lombard Street in the City and County of San Francisco (known as the “Crooked Street”) has deteriorated the safety and quality of life for residents of the Crooked Street and surrounding community.
(2) During peak periods, the vehicle queue can stretch three blocks west past the intersection of Lombard Street and Van Ness Avenue, creating congested conditions on the state highway system as Van Ness and Lombard west of Van Ness comprise a portion of State Highway Route 101.
(3) A reservation and pricing program is a potentially useful tool for managing automobile demand and access for visitors to the street. It would reduce traffic congestion and fund program administration, traffic management, and enforcement. The use of a reservation system to manage and maintain practical and sustainable numbers of visitors has been implemented in a number of parks in California, including Muir Woods National Monument in the County of Marin and Uvas Canyon County Park in the County of Santa Clara.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to authorize the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco to locally approve a reservation and pricing pilot program for vehicles to use the Crooked Street, and to designate an entity to administer the Crooked Street reservation and pricing pilot program to manage traffic congestion.
21151.
 For purposes of this article, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Beginning of the pilot program,” or a variation of that term, means the first day that a reservation may be made to use the Crooked Street under the pilot program.
(b) “Board of supervisors” means the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco.
(c) “Crooked Street” means the portion of Lombard Street located between Leavenworth Street and Hyde Street in the City and County of San Francisco.
(d) “Pilot program” means the reservation and pricing pilot program authorized pursuant to Section 21152.
(e) “Program administrator” means the board or agency designated to administer the pilot program pursuant to Section 21153.
21152.
 (a) The board of supervisors may conduct a reservation and pricing pilot program for vehicles that use the Crooked Street by adopting an ordinance.
(b) Before adopting an ordinance pursuant to subdivision (a), the board of supervisors shall make all of the following findings:
(1) The pilot program is likely to be successful in its goal of congestion management.
(2) The requirement to consult with the public pursuant to subdivision (c) has taken place.
(3) The pilot program is aligned with the objectives of the applicable countywide congestion management program and regional transportation plan.
(c) Before adopting an ordinance pursuant to subdivision (a), the board of supervisors shall conduct at least two public outreach meetings or hearings within the City and County of San Francisco to ensure consideration of all stakeholder views.
21153.
 In an ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 21152, the board of supervisors shall do all of the following:
(a) Designate a board or agency to administer the pilot program, to be known as the program administrator.
(b) Require the pilot program to prioritize both of the following goals:
(1) Significantly reduce local congestion and queues for vehicles seeking to travel down the Crooked Street.
(2) Ensure that program revenues are sufficient to implement the reservation and pricing system and support traffic management activities in the area of the Crooked Street.
(c) Specify how the pilot program will be adjusted if program revenues exceed the cost to implement the program and support traffic management activities in the area of the Crooked Street, including any allocation of excess funds.
(d) Specify congestion reduction objectives and goals to be achieved, public involvement and consultation requirements, and performance monitoring requirements.
(e) Require the program administrator to consult with any other applicable local transportation planning agencies.
(f) Require the program administrator to evaluate the feasibility of policies to maintain access for those who cannot access the Crooked Street as pedestrians, such as the elderly or those with physical limitations, and for those who cannot afford the fee.
(g) Require the program administrator to evaluate the performance of the pilot program and submit a report to the Legislature one year after the beginning of the pilot program and five years after the beginning of the pilot program, using the objectives and goals established in the adopted ordinance. In the first report, the program administrator shall state the beginning date of the pilot program for purposes of Section 21156. The reports required to be submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
21154.
 In an ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 21152, the board of supervisors may specify the powers and duties of the program administrator, including, but not limited to, the authority to impose fees on vehicles for use of the Crooked Street and impose penalties for violations, to collect and use revenues generated from the program to build, operate, maintain, finance, and administer the program, and to ensure regular monitoring and reporting.
21155.
 (a) A charge imposed pursuant to this article shall be imposed consistent with the California Constitution and federal law.
(b) Sections 9400.8 and 21101.6 shall not apply to the pilot program, including to any charge imposed pursuant to this article for the privilege of using the Crooked Street.
21156.
 This article shall become inoperative seven years after the beginning of the pilot program, and, as of the following January 1, is repealed.
SEC. 2.
 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique need to manage traffic congestion on and around the 1000 block of Lombard Street in the City and County of San Francisco resulting from over two million annual visitors and queuing of vehicles waiting to use that portion of Lombard Street for up to 10 hours each day.