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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  AB 206
          Author:   Dickinson (D)
          Amended:  4/1/13 in Assembly
          Vote:     21


           SENATE TRANSPORTATION & HOUSING COMMITTEE  : 10-0, 6/4/13
          AYES: DeSaulnier, Gaines, Beall, Cannella, Galgiani, Hueso,  
            Lara, Liu, Roth, Wyland
          NO VOTE RECORDED: Pavley

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  76-0, 4/15/13 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    Bus length limits

           SOURCE  :     Sacramento Regional Transit District


           DIGEST  :    This bill allows the Sacramento Regional Transit  
          District (RT) to install larger bike racks on its buses.

           ANALYSIS  :    Existing law limits the length of a bus to 45 feet.  
           A public transit operator may equip its buses of any length  
          with bike racks that extend up to 36 inches out from the front  
          of its buses and which may be loaded such that the bike handle  
          bars extend up to 42 inches in front of the bus.  In no case,  
          however, can the total length of the bus, the bike rack, and  
          bikes total a length greater than 48.5 feet.

          In order for a transit agency to operate its 45-foot buses with  
          bike racks (but not buses less than 45 feet), it must establish  
          a route review committee that conducts a field review of routes  
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          where these buses would travel and consults traffic engineers  
          from public agencies with jurisdiction over roads that the bus  
          routes follow.  Only when a route review committee by unanimous  
          vote determines that 45-foot buses with front bike racks can  
          operate safely on the selected routes may the public transit  
          agency then operate such buses on those routes.  The route  
          review committee is comprised of:

             A.   A representative of the transit agency appointed by the  
               general manager of that agency;

             B.   A traffic engineer from the public agency that has  
               jurisdiction over the largest proportion of the transit  
               agency's bus routes; and

             C.   A representative of the bus drivers chosen by the labor  
               organization representing the bus drivers.

          Existing law permits the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District  
          (AC Transit) and the Gold Coast Transit District (GCT) both to  
          install on their buses bike racks that extend up to 40 inches in  
          front of the bus (i.e., an additional four inches), provided  
          that the handle bars of the bikes loaded extend no more than 46  
          inches and subject to a specified review for 45-foot buses.  The  
          review is similar to that described above for installing bike  
          racks on 45-foot buses generally, except that the route review  
          committee also must include a member of the bicycling community  
          who is appointed by the transit district's governing board, but  
          who cannot vote.  In addition, before GCT's route review  
          committee votes to approve a route for these larger bike racks,  
          it must receive certification from a licensed traffic engineer  
          stating that all proposed routes are safe for travel for 45-foot  
          buses equipped with 40-inch bike racks.

          Both of these districts must report to the Senate Transportation  
          and Housing Committee and Assembly Transportation Committee on  
          any traffic incidents or accidents where the size of the bike  
          rack was a factor, as well as a summary of the mobility  
          improvements the bike racks provided.  AC Transit's report is  
          due on December 31, 2014, and GCT's report is due on December  
          31, 2017.

          This bill permits RT also to install bike racks of up to 40  
          inches on its buses subject to the same requirements as AC  







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          Transit and GCT districts, including the requirement that a  
          traffic engineer certify that all proposed routes are safe for  
          these 40-inch bike racks on 45-foot buses.  RT's report to the  
          Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and the Assembly  
          Transportation Committee is due December 31, 2018.

           


          Comments
           
          The author states that the number of bicyclists using transit in  
          Sacramento has increased to the point that RT cannot accommodate  
          many bicyclists who wish to ride RT's buses with their existing  
          two-bike racks.  He introduced this bill at the request of RT so  
          it can run buses with bike racks that can hold three bikes when  
          the route is safe for the required extra length.  RT reports  
          that it is eligible for a federal grant to provide three-bike  
          racks.  Because these racks when added to RT's buses extend four  
          inches beyond what existing state law permits, RT has not  
          applied for the grant.

          This bill should result in added assurance for bicyclists that  
          there will be room for their bikes when they board the bus.   
          Proponents note that increasing bicyclists' access to bus  
          transit service extends the range from which transit users  
          travel to and from the bus and will make RT transit service more  
          attractive.

           Previous Legislation

           AB 652 (Skinner, Chapter 369, Statutes of 2009), gave AC Transit  
          authority to install 40-inch bike racks on its buses, including  
          on its 45-foot buses but only pursuant to a vote of a route  
          review committee.  AC Transit reports that it never installed  
          racks on any of its 45-foot buses but has installed 40-inch  
          racks on about 50 of its 40-foot buses.  It is tracking  
          incidents and will be prepared to report on the racks on  
          schedule next year.

          AB 652 served as a model for AB 2488 (Williams, Chapter 376,  
          Statutes of 2012), which gave the same authority to GCT in  
          Ventura County.  This spring GCT installed three larger bike  
          racks on its buses but none on 45-foot buses as it only owns 35-  







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          and 40-foot buses.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  No   Local:  
           No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified 6/5/13)

          Sacramento Regional Transit District (source)
          Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
          Sacramento Metropolitan Quality Management District
          Sierra Club California



           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  76-0, 4/15/13
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Allen, Ammiano, Atkins, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Blumenfield, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bonta, Bradford, Brown,  
            Buchanan, Ian Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chesbro, Conway,  
            Cooley, Dahle, Daly, Dickinson, Donnelly, Eggman, Fong, Fox,  
            Frazier, Beth Gaines, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez, Gordon, Gorell,  
            Gray, Hagman, Hall, Roger Hernández, Holden, Jones,  
            Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Linder, Logue, Maienschein, Mansoor,  
            Medina, Melendez, Mitchell, Morrell, Mullin, Muratsuchi,  
            Nazarian, Nestande, Olsen, Pan, Patterson, Perea, V. Manuel  
            Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Salas, Skinner, Stone,  
            Ting, Torres, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wieckowski, Wilk,  
            Williams, Yamada, John A. Pérez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Grove, Harkey, Lowenthal, Vacancy


          JA:ej  6/3/13   Senate Floor Analyses 

                           SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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