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  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036. )


  ( Heading of Part 1 added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056. )

CHAPTER 6. Powers and Functions of District [25701 - 25951]

  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036. )

ARTICLE 5. Transit Facilities and Service [25801 - 25816]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036. )


A district may acquire, construct, own, operate, control or use rights of way, rail lines, bus lines, stations, platforms, switches, yards, terminals, and any and all other facilities necessary or convenient for transit service within or partly without the district, underground, upon, or above the ground and under, upon, or over public streets or other public ways or waterways, together with all physical structures necessary or convenient for the access of persons and vehicles thereto, and may acquire any interest in or rights to the joint use of any or all of the foregoing; provided, that installations in state freeways shall be subject to the approval of the State Department of Public Works and installations in other state highways shall be subject to Article 2, Chapter 3, Division 1 of the Streets and Highways Code.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


A district may without limitation by any other provisions of this part requiring approval of indebtedness, accept contributions of money, rights-of-way, labor, materials, and any other property for the acquisition, construction, maintenance, and operation of transit facilities, and may without limitation by any other provisions of this part enter into any contracts and cooperate with and accept cooperation from the state, or any department, instrumentality, or agency thereof, or any public agency of the state in the acquisition, construction, maintenance, and operation of, and in financing the acquisition, construction, maintenance, and operation of, any such transit facilities.

(Amended by Stats. 1973, Ch. 78.)


A district shall not interfere with or exercise any control over any transit facilities now or hereafter owned and operated wholly or partly within the district by any city or public agency, unless by consent of such city or public agency and upon such terms as are mutually agreed upon between the board and such city or public agency.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


A district may lease or contract for the use of its transit facilities, or any portion thereof, to any operator, and may provide for subleases by such operator upon such terms and conditions as it deems in the public interest. The word “operator” as used in this section means any city or public agency or any person, firm or private corporation.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


A district may construct and operate or acquire and operate works and facilities in, under, upon, over, across, or along any street or public highway or any stream, bay or watercourse, or over any of the lands which are the property of the State, to the same extent that such rights and privileges appertaining thereto are granted to municipalities within the State. The district shall with respect to the operation of any rail facilities maintain the area of the street or public highway between such rails and for two feet on either side thereof and shall upon removal of such rails restore any such street or public highway to a like condition as the surrounding street or highway area, all in accordance with local ordinances. The district shall not use any street or public highway in a manner to unnecessarily impair its usefulness. The district shall upon acquiring by condemnation or otherwise the facilities of a private transit company assume any and all obligations of such private company to maintain, repair or replace any street, public highway or part thereof.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


A district may enter into agreements for the joint use of any property and rights by the district and any city, public agency or public utility operating transit facilities; may enter into agreements with any city, public agency or public utility operating any transit facilities, either wholly or partially within, or without, the district, for the joint use of any property of the district or of such city, public agency or public utility, or the establishment of through routes, joint fares, transfer of passengers or pooling arrangements.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


The rates and charges for service furnished pursuant to this part shall be fixed by the board and shall be reasonable.

(Amended by Stats. 1973, Ch. 78.)


The board of supervisors of a county or a city and county, or the city council of a municipality having territory located within the district may file a request for a hearing before the district board as to the reasonableness of any rates or charges fixed by the district and as to any proposal for fixing the location of facilities by the district. The request shall be in writing and shall state the subject matter on which a hearing is desired.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


Upon the filing of a request for hearing as provided in Section 25808 the district board shall fix the time and place for hearing. The time fixed shall not be less than 15 days nor more than 60 days from the date such request is filed. Notice of such hearing shall be given to the county or city requesting such hearing and shall be published by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


At the time fixed for any hearing before the board any board of supervisors or city council eligible to file a request for hearing, not a party to the original request for hearing, may intervene and shall be entitled to be heard and to introduce evidence.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


The district, petitioner or petitioners, and the intervenors shall have the right to call and examine witnesses; to introduce exhibits; to cross-examine opposing witnesses on any matter relevant to the issues even though that matter was not covered in direct examination; and to rebut evidence introduced by other parties.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


Oral evidence shall be taken only on oath or affirmation. The hearing need not be conducted according to technical rules relating to evidence and witnesses. Any relevant evidence shall be admitted if it is the sort of evidence on which responsible persons are accustomed to rely in the conduct of serious business affairs, regardless of the existence of any common law or statutory rule which might make improper the admission of such evidence over objection in a civil action. Hearsay evidence may be used for the purpose of supplementing or explaining any direct evidence but shall not be sufficient in itself to support a finding unless it would be admissible over objection in a civil action.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


The attorney for the district shall be present at the hearing and shall advise the board on matters of law, and shall render such other assistance as may be requested by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


A complete record of all proceedings and testimony before the board at such hearing shall be taken down by a reporter appointed by the board. In case an action is brought to review any decision of the board, a transcript of such testimony, together with all exhibits or copies thereof introduced, together with the written request for hearing and other proceedings in the cause shall constitute the record on review; provided, however, that the board and other parties may stipulate in writing that a specified portion of the evidence be certified to the court for judgment and in such case the portion of the evidence specified and the stipulation specifying such evidence shall be the record on review.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


Within 30 days after submission of the case the board shall render its decision in writing together with written findings of fact. Copies of the findings and decision shall be sent forthwith to the petitioners and intervenors by registered mail, postage prepaid.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)


Within 40 days after the mailing of the decision to the petitioner, the petitioner may apply for a writ of mandate in the manner provided in the Code of Civil Procedure. The complete record of the proceedings, or such parts thereof as are designated by the petitioner, shall be prepared by the district and shall be delivered to the petitioner within 30 days after a request therefor, upon payment of the expense of preparation and certification thereof.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)

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