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  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )


  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )


  ( Part 5.3 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106. )

CHAPTER 1. General [14500 - 14516]
  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106. )


There is in the Transportation Agency a California Transportation Commission.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 290. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)


As used in this part, unless the context requires otherwise:

(a) “Commission” means the California Transportation Commission.

(b) “Department” means the Department of Transportation.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106.)


The commission consists of 13 members appointed as follows:

(a) Nine members shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. One member shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one member shall be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, with neither of these members subject to confirmation by the Senate. A member appointed pursuant to this subdivision shall not simultaneously hold an elected public office, or serve on any local or regional public board or commission with business before the commission.

(b) One Member of the Senate appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and one Member of the Assembly appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly shall be ex officio members without vote and shall participate in the activities of the commission to the extent that such participation is not incompatible with their positions as Members of the Legislature.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a voting member of the commission may serve on the High-Speed Rail Authority as established in Division 19.5 (commencing with Section 185000) of the Public Utilities Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 162, Sec. 62. (SB 1171) Effective January 1, 2013.)


(a) Other than ex officio members, the members of the commission shall hold office for terms of four years, and until their successors are appointed, except as otherwise provided in this section.

(b) In the case of the members initially appointed by the Governor, three shall be appointed to serve until February 1, 1979, two until February 1, 1980, two until February 1, 1981, and two until February 1, 1982.

(c) The members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Committee on Rules pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 14502 shall hold office for terms of four years, and until their successors are appointed.

(d) Vacancies shall be filled by the appointing authority for the unexpired portion of the terms in which they occur.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 717, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2008.)


(a) In appointing members, the Governor shall make every effort to ensure both of the following:

(1) That there is a geographic balance of representation on the commission as a whole, with members from the northern and southern areas and from the urban and rural areas of the state.

(2) That the commission has a diverse membership with expertise in transportation issues, taking into consideration factors including, but not limited to, socioeconomic background and professional experience, which may include experience working in, or representing, disadvantaged communities.

(b) Each member of the commission shall represent the state at large.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 737, Sec. 1. (AB 179) Effective January 1, 2018.)


The commission shall elect one of its members as a chairman who shall preside at all meetings, and a vice chairman who shall preside in the absence of the chairman.

The chairman shall serve a term of one year. No member may serve as chairman for more than two successive terms.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106.)


After consulting with members of the commission, the chairman of the commission shall appoint the members of all the committees of the commission, including those committees created pursuant to Section 14506.

Each committee shall elect one of its members other than the chairman of the commission, as the committee chairman, who shall preside at all committee meetings.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106.)


In order to perform its duties and functions, the commission shall organize itself into at least the following four committees:

(a) The Committee on Aeronautics, which shall consider issues related to aeronautics.

(b) The Committee on Streets and Highways, which shall consider issues related to streets and highways.

(c) The Committee on Mass Transportation, which shall consider issues related to the movement of groups of people within urban areas, and between rural communities and between cities.

(d) The Committee on Planning, which shall be responsible for transportation planning related issues, including, but not limited to, monitoring the transportation planning and programming process pursuant to Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 65080) of Division 1 of Title 7 and recommending to the commission the allocation of federal and state funds available for planning and research.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106.)


The chairman shall appoint a Technical Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, after consultation with members of the aviation industry, airport operators, pilots, and other aviation interest groups and experts, as appropriate. This Technical Advisory Committee shall give technical advice to the Committee on Aeronautics on the full range of aviation issues to be considered by the commission.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106.)


The commission shall not form a committee for the purpose of considering budgetary and related fiscal matters.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106.)


The chairman shall not serve on any of the committees except in an ex officio capacity.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106.)


Each member shall receive a compensation of one hundred dollars ($100) per day, but not to exceed eight hundred dollars ($800) for any commission business authorized by the commission during any month, when a majority of the commission approves the compensation by a recorded vote, plus the necessary expenses incurred by the member in the performance of the member’s duties. The need for up to eight days per diem per month is unique to the commission in that its members must evaluate projects and issues throughout the state in order to prioritize projects for the state transportation improvement program. These responsibilities require greater time, attention, and travel than local or regional transportation entities which have responsibility only for individual portions of the program.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1257, Sec. 1.)


The commission shall appoint an executive director for the commission who shall serve at the pleasure of the commission.

The executive director shall receive the salary established by the Director of Finance for exempt officials.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 977.)


The executive director shall administer the affairs of the commission as directed by the commission and shall direct the staff of the commission.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 977.)


The executive director may appoint, with the approval of the commission, such staff as necessary to carry out the provisions of this part.

The commission may request the department, and the department shall have the authority, to perform such work as the commission deems necessary to carry out its duties and responsibilities. The commission shall consider the expertise and resources available in the department for the purpose of carrying out its duties and responsibilities. This does not preclude, however, the commission from utilizing the services of other agencies, public or private.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 977.)


The commission may employ its own legal staff or contract with other state agencies for legal services, or both.

(Amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 350, Sec. 1.)


The commission may sue or be sued.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106.)


Except where a statute expressly provides that the commission itself shall hold a public hearing, the commission may delegate functions such as listening to argument, taking of evidence, and finding of facts to committees or staff members of the commission. The committee or staff shall have the authority to recommend a decision to the commission.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 669.)


The commission, the State Air Resources Board, and a representative from the Department of Housing and Community Development shall hold at least two joint meetings per calendar year to coordinate their implementation of policies that jointly affect transportation, housing, and air quality, including interagency efforts, which shall include, but not be limited to, implementation of the sustainable freight action plan developed pursuant to Executive Order B-32-15, development of the California Transportation Plan update pursuant to Section 65071, and the setting of targets pursuant to subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 65080.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 534, Sec. 1. (AB 185) Effective January 1, 2020.)

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