BILL ANALYSIS 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. AB 1670 (BEALL) Page 2 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 AB 1670 (BEALL) Page 3 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 AB 1670 (BEALL) Page 4 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.