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  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.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


  ( Heading of Part 12 amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 724, Sec. 5. )

CHAPTER 5. Powers and Functions of VTA [100110 - 100256]

  ( Heading of Chapter 5 amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 32. )

ARTICLE 1. Corporate Power [100110 - 100115.5]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 180. )


The VTA has perpetual succession and may adopt a seal and alter it at its pleasure.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 33. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)


The VTA may sue and be sued, except as otherwise provided by law, in all actions and proceedings, in all courts and tribunals of competent jurisdiction.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 34. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)


All claims for money or damages against the VTA are governed by Division 3.6 (commencing with Section 810) of Title 1 of the Government Code except as provided therein, or by other statutes or regulations expressly applicable thereto.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 35. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)


(a) The VTA shall not levy any tax pursuant to Section 100250 unless approved by the electors voting on the measure in accordance with Article XIII C of the California Constitution at a special election called for that purpose by the board of directors.

(b) Whenever a bond election is held to authorize incurring bonded indebtedness pursuant to Section 100400, the ordinance calling the election shall include a statement of the tax or taxes to be levied or continued to be levied and used, to the extent those taxes are required to pay principal of and interest on the bonds as the same become due, to provide any sinking fund payments required therefor, or to create or maintain any reserve fund required therefor. A vote in favor of the issuance of the bonds shall authorize the board to levy and collect such taxes. The ordinance levying the taxes shall not be repealed until all bonds payable from the revenues derived from the taxes have been fully paid or provision has been made for their payment in full.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 36. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)


Except as otherwise provided in this part, VTA elections shall be called, held, and conducted as provided by the Uniform District Election Law.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 37. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)


The VTA may exercise any and all powers granted by any other law that, by its terms, is applicable to transit districts generally, to public agencies generally, or to any classification of districts or public agencies that includes an entity of the type provided for in this part, but the VTA shall not exercise any power contrary to an express provision of this part.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 38. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)


(a) The VTA may administer and implement any adopted countywide transportation expenditure plan funded in an amount greater than 50 percent from revenues derived from a retail transaction and use tax, if so designated in the plan or if the VTA and the entity that imposes the tax have entered into an agreement that so provides. The VTA may exercise those powers necessary to carry out this purpose.

(b) The VTA may do any and all things necessary to ensure the completion of any projects established in a plan as set forth in subdivision (a). These projects may include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(1) The construction and improvement of state highways.

(2) The construction, maintenance, and improvement of local roads, streets, and county highways.

(3) The construction, improvement, and operation of public transit systems, including paratransit services.

(4) The construction and improvement of bicycle and other transportation facilities.

(c) The VTA shall consult with and coordinate any actions for administering and implementing a plan as set forth in subdivision (a) with the cities in the county, the board of supervisors, and the Department of Transportation.

(d) Nothing in this section shall vary the terms of the cooperative agreement dated July 1, 1999, between the VTA and the County of Santa Clara for the construction of transportation projects utilizing local transaction and use tax revenues derived from Santa Clara County general tax Measure B approved by the voters in November 1996. If any of the provisions of this section conflict with the provisions of that cooperative agreement, the provisions of the cooperative agreement shall take precedence.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 39. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)

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