California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 378

Introduced by Assembly Member Mullin

February 18, 2015

An act relating to highways.


AB 378, as introduced, Mullin. State Highway 101 corridor.

Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control of the state highway system. Existing law imposes various requirements for the development and implementation of transportation projects.

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that will enable responsible local, regional, and state agencies to substantially improve mobility in the State Highway 101 corridor. The bill would make findings and declarations in that regard.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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The Legislature finds and declares all of the

3(a) The State Highway 101 corridor, the 48 miles between San
4Francisco and San Jose, is the most economically productive and
5important highway corridor in California, with rapidly growing
6employment and tax receipts that greatly benefit workers, small
7business owners, local government budgets, and the state.

P2    1(b) Transportation capacity in the corridor is grossly insufficient
2to serve the growing number of commuters, leading to heavy and
3growing traffic congestion on State Highway 101 and serious
4overcrowding on Caltrain. Highway congestion is costly and
5inconvenient for commuters, local residents, goods movers, buses,
6and emergency responders.

7(c) In order to sustain the economic engine of the State Highway
8101 corridor and the quality of life for local residents, swift and
9decisive action by transportation agencies is needed to relieve
10commuter congestion. It is common for transportation improvement
11projects to take 10 to 15 years to study, fund, design, and construct;
12however, if commuting conditions are not improved on a much
13shorter timeline, economic prospects for the corridor will be

15(d) A coordinated response from county, regional, and state
16transportation agencies can improve State Highway 101 corridor
17operations more effectively than is possible by these agencies
18acting individually. A coordinated agency response that integrates
19carpool or express lane development and operations, adaptive ramp
20metering technology and operations, and ridesharing can deliver
21 meaningful commuter relief within a five year period and can serve
22as a model that other highway corridors in the state can emulate.


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It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation
24that will provide such powers, responsibilities, funding and
25financing mechanisms, innovative project delivery authority, and
26governance structures as may be necessary, convenient, and
27beneficial to enable responsible local, regional, and state agencies
28to substantially improve mobility as soon as possible, but no later
29than within five years, in the State Highway 101 corridor in the
30City and County of San Francisco, the County of San Mateo, and
31the County of Santa Clara.