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  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 1. Railroad Corporations [7503 - 7727]

  ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

ARTICLE 9. Rail Service Assistance [7700 - 7705]
  ( Article 9 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 819. )


By Section 803 of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976, designated in this chapter as the “act,” Congress has established a local rail service continuation assistance program. Such program is designed to cover: the cost of rail service continuation payments; the cost of purchasing a line of railroad or other rail properties to maintain existing or provide for future rail service; the cost of rehabilitating and improving rail properties on a line of railroad to the extent necessary to permit adequate and efficient rail freight service on such line; and the cost of reducing the costs of lost rail service in a manner less expensive than continuing rail service. The Legislature hereby determines that such program should be implemented in California and that such implementation would constitute a public purpose.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 819.)


The Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the commission and other affected state and local agencies, shall be responsible for the preparation and periodic update of the state rail plan required by the act.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 819.)


The Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the commission and other affected state and local agencies, shall perform the duties required by the act in developing, promoting, supervising, and supporting safe, adequate, and efficient rail transportation services; maintaining adequate programs of investigation, research, promotion, and development, with provisions for public participation; and shall take all practicable steps to improve transportation safety and to reduce transportation-related energy utilization and pollution. It is not the intent of this section to diminish in any respect the authority and responsibility of the commission. The department shall work in close cooperation with the commission in carrying out the duties imposed upon it under this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 819.)


The Department of Transportation shall administer a program of projects for rail service assistance financed in whole or in part with funds derived pursuant to the act. All necessary matching funds shall be expressly appropriated by the Legislature or donated by public or private entities.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 819.)


To the maximum extent permitted by federal law, rules, and regulations, the Department of Transportation shall recover the costs of administering this chapter from the federal funds received pursuant to the act.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 819.)


The Governor, the Secretary of the Business and Transportation Agency, and the Department of Transportation may enter into such agreements, execute such documents, establish and manage such accounts and deposits, act as a recipient, and take any other action that may be appropriate to carry out the rail assistance programs authorized by the act.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 819.)

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