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           SENATE TRANSPORTATION & HOUSING COMMITTEE       BILL NO: AB 1670
          SENATOR ALAN LOWENTHAL, CHAIRMAN               AUTHOR:  beall
                                                         VERSION: 4/5/10
          Analysis by: Art Bauer                         FISCAL:  Yes
          Hearing date: June 29, 2010






          SUBJECT:

          State highway relinquishment

          DESCRIPTION:

          This bill authorizes the California Transportation Commission  
          (CTC) to relinquish segments of State Route (SR) 82 and SR 130  
          in the City of San Jose.

          ANALYSIS:

          Existing law:

                 Identifies the California state highway system through a  
               description of segments of the state's regional and  
               interregional roads that are owned and operated by the  
               Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

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

                 Specifies that it is the intent of the Legislature for  
               the routes of the state highway system to connect the  
               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.

                 Provides that any expansion or deletion of the state  
               highway system occurs through a statutory process requiring  
               the CTC to make findings that it is in the best interest of  
               the state to include or delete a specified portion of  
               roadway from the system.





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           This bill  :  

             1.   Authorizes the CTC to relinquish to the City of San Jose  
               a ten mile segment of SR 82, locally know as the Monterey  
               Highway, from Blossom Hill Road to I-880, and a 2.5 mile  
               segment of SR 130, locally known as Alum Rock Boulevard,  
               from the city limits to SR 101, both of which are located  
               in the city, upon terms and conditions the CTC finds to be  
               in the best interest of the state.  

             2.   Requires the San Jose to provide signage directing  
               motorist to the continuation of SR 82 and SR 130. 

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

             4.   Specifies that following the effective date of  
               relinquishment, the relinquished segment will no longer be  
               a state highway and may not be considered for future  
               adoption as a state highway.
          
          COMMENTS:

              1)   Purpose  .  The purpose of this bill according to the  
               sponsor is to allow San Jose to have greater control over  
               the design and use of the streets currently designated as  
               state highways. San Jose's goals include "improving the  
               pedestrian environment, implementing multi-modal  
               objectives, and modifying local circulations patterns by  
               reducing the amount of right-of-way previously developed to  
               auto-centric standards." Among the multimodal objectives  
               that the city intends to implement in the corridor are bus  
               rapid transit and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

              2)   High-speed rail an option for part of SR 82  . Of the ten  
               miles of SR 82, being proposed for relinquishment to San  
               Jose, two miles may be used by the High-Speed Rail  
               Authority (HSRA) as a possible alignment into the Diridon  
               Station near downtown San Jose. The city public works  
               department staff indicates that there is adequate  
               right-of-way to accommodate the proposed improvements to  
               the roadway and the high-speed trains.  The HSRA is in the  
               process of preparing an environmental document for the  
               corridor from Merced to San Jose. Several alternatives are  




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               identified in documents on the HSRA's website for this  
               particular corridor. It appears that the segment of SR 82  
               from near Bernal Road in south San Jose to the vicinity of  
               Capitol Expressway is being considered as an alignment for  
               the high-speed train service. Since neither the state nor  
               federal environmental documents have been adopted by the  
               HSRA, it is unclear exactly how the alignment of SR 82 will  
               be harmonized with the high-speed rail alignment through  
               that segment of the SR 82 corridor. 

              3)   Typical relinquishment language missing  . Usually  
               relinquishment bills contain a provision that a city  
               or county assuming responsibility for a former segment  
               of a state highway must ensure the continuity of  
               traffic flow on the relinquished portion of state.  
               Earlier this year the committed approved SB 993  
               (Huff), authorizing the relinquishment of SR 66 in the  
               City Claremont, and that will included such language  
               on continuity of traffic flow. 

               The committee may wish to amend the bill to include the  
               following language which was in other relinquishment bills  
               approved by this committee: "The city shall ensure the  
               continuity of traffic flow on the relinquished portion of  
               State Route 82 and State Route 130, including any traffic  
               signal progression."
               
          

          Assembly Votes:
               Floor:    77-0
               Appr: 17-0
               Trans:    14-0

          POSITIONS:  (Communicated to the Committee before noon on  
          Wednesday,  
                     June 23, 2010)

               SUPPORT:  City of San Jose (sponsor)
                         Pierluigi Oliverio, Councilmember, City of San  
          Jose
                         Alum Rock Village Business Association
                         Bellarmine College Preparatory
                         Builders Exchange of Santa Clara County
                         Downtown College Prep
                         Fiesta Lanes Action Group of San Jose




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                         Independent Construction Estimators
                         Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network
                         Piazza Family LP
                         Rose Garden Neighborhood Preservation Association
                         Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
                         Shasta/Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association
                         Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
                         The Alameda Business Association

               OPPOSED:  None Received.