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          Date of Hearing:   March 22, 2010

                               Bonnie Lowenthal, Chair
                    AB 1670 (Beall) - As Amended:  March 11, 2010
          SUBJECT  :  State highway: relinquishment  

           SUMMARY  :  This bill allows the California Transportation  
          Commission (CTC) to relinquish two specific segments of the  
          state highway system to the City of San Jose (City).  
          Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Authorizes CTC to relinquish to the City an 11-mile portion of  
            State Route (SR) 82 and a 2.25-mile portion of SR 130, upon  
            terms and conditions the CTC finds to be in the best interest  
            of the state, if the California Department of Transportation  
            (Caltrans) and the City enter into an agreement providing for  
            that relinquishment.  

          2)Provides that the relinquishments will become effective  
            immediately following the county recordation of the  
            relinquishment resolutions containing CTC's approval of the  
            specified terms and conditions.  

          3)Specifies that, following the effective date of  
            relinquishment, the relinquished segments will no longer be  
            state highways and may not be considered for future adoption  
            as state highways.  

          4)Requires the City to ensure continuity of traffic flow,  
            maintain traffic signal progression, and maintain signs along  
            the segments in their jurisdiction directing motorists to the  
            continuation of the respective state routes.  

           EXISTING LAW  :  

          5)Statutorily identifies state highway system routes.  

          6)Defines "state highway" as any roadway that is acquired, laid  
            out, constructed, improved, or maintained as a state highway  
            pursuant to constitutional or legislative authorization.  

          7)Specifies that it is the intent of the Legislature that the  
            prescribed routes of the state highway system connect the  


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            communities and regions of the state and that they serve the  
            state's economy by connecting centers of commerce, industry,  
            agriculture, mineral wealth, and recreation.  

          8)Provides for the expansion or deletion of the state highway  
            system through a process whereby CTC makes a finding that it  
            is in the best interest of the state to include or delete a  
            specified portion of roadway to the system.  

          9)Provides for the relinquishment of a portion of state highway  
            to a city or county under an agreement between the local  
            jurisdiction and Caltrans when an act of the Legislature has  
            deleted the portion of highway from the state highway system.   

          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown

          COMMENTS:  Each session, numerous bills authorizing CTC to  
          relinquish segments of the state highway segments to local  
          jurisdictions are passed by the Legislature and signed by the  
          Governor.  Relinquishment transactions are generally preceded by  
          a negotiation of terms and conditions between the local  
          jurisdiction and Caltrans.  Once an agreement has been  
          established, CTC typically approves the relinquishment and  
          verifies its approval via a resolution.  The final step is for  
          the Legislature to delete these segments from current law.  

          State highway relinquishments provide recipient agencies with  
          greater control over a local transportation segment and relieve  
          Caltrans of any further responsibility to improve, maintain, or  
          repair it.  

          SR 82 and SR 130, commonly referred to as the Alameda and  
            Monterey Highway (SR 82) and Alum Rock Avenue (SR 130), serve  
            primarily as urban arterials within the City.  The City is  
            seeking control of these highway segments so that it may  
            pursue economic development and community enhancements without  
            the constraints of Caltrans' design and operations  

          According to the author's office, the City and Caltrans have  
            engaged in discussions regarding the proposed relinquishments  
            and Caltrans has indicated its initial support.  

           Technical amendments:   The author will be taking author's  


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            amendments to correct grammar mistakes and to add a co-author.  


          None received

          None received

          Analysis Prepared by  :   Janet Dawson / TRANS. / (916) 319-2093