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AB-840 County transportation commissions: regional transit service: airports.(2021-2022)



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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 15, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 840


Introduced by Assembly Member Holden

February 17, 2021


An act to add Article 11 (commencing with Section 130460) to Chapter 4 of Division 12 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 840, as amended, Holden. Transportation: interregional connectivity. County transportation commissions: regional transit service: airports.
The County Transportation Commissions Act provides for the creation of county transportation commissions in the Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura, with various powers and duties relative to transportation planning and funding, as specified. Existing law requires the county transportation commissions for the Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino, upon the adoption of a resolution by each of those commissions, to jointly develop, in consultation with certain governmental agencies, a program for regional transit services, as defined, within the multicounty region.
This bill would require the county transportation commissions in the Counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino to jointly develop, in consultation with certain governmental agencies, a funding and implementation program for regional transit services to include service to international airports within the multicounty region, as provided. The bill would require the initial regional transit services draft program under these provisions to be completed on or before December 1, 2022. The bill would require the county transportation commissions in the Counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino to hold a joint public hearing in each county in their jurisdiction on the draft program no earlier than 30 days after the draft has been completed. Following the public hearings, the bill would require the county transportation commissions in the Counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino to adopt the regional transit services program. By imposing additional duties on county transportation commissions, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Existing law establishes the Transportation Agency, which consists of various departments and state entities, including the California Transportation Commission and the Department of Transportation. Existing law provides various sources of revenue for transportation projects undertaken by state and local agencies.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to later enact legislation that would increase interregional connectivity for Californians across counties and improve interconnectivity across modes of transit, and pursue opportunities to meet the state’s environmental goals through evidence-based public planning that prioritizes diverse public transit options and active transportation infrastructure.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NOYES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Article 11 (commencing with Section 130460) is added to Chapter 4 of Division 12 of the Public Utilities Code, to read:
Article  11. Regional Transit Services to Airports

130460.
 For purposes of this article, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Agencies” means the county transportation commissions of the Counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino.
(b) “Region” means the multicounty region within the collective jurisdiction of the two agencies.
(c) “Regional transit service” means each existing and planned public transit service, including those that are privately owned and that either receive public funds or are operated under an agreement pursuant to Section 143 of the Streets and Highways Code, whether provided by rail or bus, which operates or is planned for operation between the two counties in the region.

130461.
 (a) The agencies shall jointly develop a funding and implementation program for regional transit services to include service to international airports. In developing the program, the agencies shall consult with the Southern California Association of Governments, California Transportation Commission, Ontario International Airport Authority, Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, and Counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino.
(b) The program shall include, at a minimum, all of the following:
(1) A system plan and map of all regional transit services.
(2) An implementation plan and schedule to establish each regional transit service not already in existence to Ontario International Airport and other airports if appropriate.
(3) A policy and implementation plan for the coordination of technologies, fares, and schedules to maximize the ability and convenience of passengers to transfer among regional transit services and to and from other publicly owned or privately owned mass transit services in each county connecting to the regional transit services.
(4) A plan to fund current and future construction, including from federal and state funds.
(c) The program shall consider the specialized transportation needs of elderly and handicapped persons.
(d) The program shall be consistent with and implement the adopted regional transportation plan for the region.

130462.
 The initial regional transit services draft program under this article shall be completed on or before December 1, 2022. The initial program need not reflect intercounty bus services.

130463.
 The agencies shall hold a joint public hearing in each county in their jurisdiction on the draft program no earlier than 30 days after the draft has been completed. Following the public hearings, each agency shall adopt the regional transit services program under this article.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to later enact legislation that would increase interregional connectivity for Californians across counties and improve interconnectivity across modes of transit, and pursue opportunities to meet the state’s environmental goals through evidence-based public planning that prioritizes diverse public transit options and active transportation infrastructure.