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California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 726


Introduced by Assembly Member Nazarian

(Coauthor: Assembly Member Dababneh)

February 25, 2015


An act to add Section 35400.75 to the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 726, as amended, Nazarian. Vehicles: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Existing law imposes a 40-foot limitation on the length of vehicles that may be operated on the highways, with specified exemptions. Existing law exempts from this limitation, among other things, an articulated bus or articulated trolley coach that does not exceed a length of 60 feet.

This bill would authorize the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to operate articulated buses that do not exceed a length of 82 feet on the route designated as the Orange Line in the County of Los Angeles. The bill would require the authority to establish a route review committee prior to operation of those buses, as specified. The bill would require that implementation of those articulated bus operations would be contingent upon a determination by a majority of the route review committee that the Orange Line and routes between the Orange Line, maintenance facilities, and storage yards are suitable for the safe operation of those buses. The bill would also make implementation of those articulated bus operations contingent upon specified collective bargaining requirements.

This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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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SECTION 1.  

Section 35400.75 is added to the Vehicle Code, 2immediately following Section 35400.7, to read:

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35400.75.  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 35400, the Los Angeles
4County Metropolitan Transportation Authority created pursuant
5to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 130050) of Division 12
6of the Public Utilities Code may operate articulated buses that do
7not exceed a length of 82 feet on the route designated as the Orange
8Line in the County of Los Angeles, and between that route,
9terminals, and maintenance facilities.

10(b) (1)  The authority shall establish a route review committee
11prior to the operation of any bus, pursuant to subdivision (a), that
12is greater than 60 feet in length.

13(2) The committee shall perform a review of the Orange Line
14route and any necessary routes from the Orange Line to
15maintenance and storage yards upon which the authority proposes
16to operate a bus greater than 60 feet in length, pursuant to
17subdivision (a), prior to the operation of those buses. The reviews
18shall include field reviews of the Orange Line and proposed routes.
19The field reviews shall includebegin delete consultationend deletebegin insert both of the following:end insert

20begin insert (A)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertConsultationend insert with traffic engineers from public agencies
21that have jurisdiction over the routes where the buses are proposed
22to be operated pursuant to subdivision (a), to ensure coordination
23with the affected state and local public agencies for purposes of
24public safety.

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25(B) Consultation with pavement engineers from public agencies
26that have jurisdiction over the routes where the buses are proposed
27to be operated pursuant to subdivision (a), to ensure that any
P3    1impacts of the weight of the vehicles upon any streets and roads
2that are used to access the right-of-way or are crossed by the
3right-of-way are considered.

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4(3) The route review committee shall be comprised of four
5members, as follows:

6(A) A member representing the authority who shall be appointed
7by the authority’s general manager.

8(B) A member who is a traffic engineer who shall be appointed
9by the authority’s general manager.

10(C) A member appointed by the labor organization that is the
11exclusive representative of the bus drivers of the authority.

12(D) A member representing law enforcement appointed by the
13law enforcement agency having authority over the proposed routes.

14(4) The route review committee shall determine, by majority
15vote, whether the Orange Line is suitable for the safe operation of
16a bus exceeding 60 feet in length, but not exceeding 82 feet in
17length, and shall determine, by majority vote, routes that are
18 suitable for the safe operation of those buses between the Orange
19Line, maintenance facilities, and storage yards.

20(c) Implementation of this section is subject to both of the
21following:

22(1) The collective bargaining requirements under Article 10
23(commencing with Section 30750) of Chapter 5 of Part 3 of
24Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code and the Los Angeles
25County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Transit
26Employer-Employee Relations Act (Chapter 7 (commencing with
27Section 99560) of Part 11 of Division 10 of the Public Utilities
28Code).

29(2) Determination by a majority vote of the route review
30committee that the Orange Line and the routes between the Orange
31Line, maintenance facilities, and storage yards are suitable for the
32safe operation of buses pursuant to subdivision (a).

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SEC. 2.  

The Legislature finds and declares that a special law
34is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable
35within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California
36Constitution because of the unique circumstances of a large number
37of riders using buses operated by the Los Angeles County
P4    1Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the Orange Line and
2the need to reduce overcrowding on those buses.



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