AB 1746, as introduced, Mark Stone. Transit buses.
Existing law authorizes the Monterey-Salinas Transit District and the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District to conduct a transit bus-only program using the shoulders of certain state highways as transit bus-only traffic corridors, subject to approval by the Department of Transportation and the Department of the California Highway Patrol. Existing law requires that the highway segments to be used for the program are to be jointly determined by the districts, the department, and the Department of the California Highway Patrol, and imposes other conditions and requirements.
Existing law creates the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, the North County Transit District, the San Diego Association of Governments, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority with various powers and duties relative to the operation of public transit.
This bill would additionally authorize the operation of transit buses on the shoulder of a segment of a state highway designated under the program within the areas served by the transit services of the 6 entities described above, subject to the same conditions and requirements.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 148.1 of the Streets and Highways Code
2 is amended to read:
(a) Notwithstanding any other
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9Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District may conduct a transit
10bus-only program using the shoulders of certain highways in the
11state highway system within the areas served by the transit services
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13and the Department of the California Highway Patrol. The
14department, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, and
15 participating transit
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16segments of each highway where it is appropriate to designate the
17shoulders as transit bus-only traffic corridors, based upon factors
18that shall include, but
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19availability and capacity, peak congestion hours, and the most
20heavily congested areas. Under the program, the participating
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22and the Department of the California Highway Patrol to develop
23guidelines that ensure driver and vehicle safety and the integrity
24of the infrastructure.
25(b) The development of the guidelines shall be done with
26transparency, including the opportunity for public comment.
27(c) The department and the participating transit
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28 shall monitor the state of repair of highway shoulders used in the
29program, including repairs attributable to the operation of transit
30buses on the shoulders.
31(d) The participating transit
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32for all costs attributable to this program, including costs related to
33repairs attributable to the operation of transit buses on shoulders.
P3 1(e) The program may commence operation as soon as guidelines
2are agreed to by the transit
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3department, and the Department of the California Highway Patrol.
4(f) As used in this section, “highway” includes “freeway.”
Section 21650 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
Upon all highways, a vehicle shall be driven upon the
7right half of the roadway, except as follows:
8(a) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding
9in the same direction under the rules governing that movement.
10(b) When placing a vehicle in a lawful position for, and when
11the vehicle is lawfully making, a left turn.
12(c) When the right half of a roadway is closed to traffic under
13construction or repair.
14(d) Upon a roadway restricted to one-way traffic.
15(e) When the roadway is not of sufficient width.
16(f) When the vehicle is necessarily traveling so slowly as to
17impede the normal movement of traffic, that portion of the highway
18adjacent to the right edge of the roadway may be utilized
19temporarily when in a condition permitting safe operation.
20(g) This section does not prohibit the operation of bicycles on
21any shoulder of a highway, on any sidewalk, on any bicycle path
22within a highway, or along any crosswalk or bicycle path crossing,
23where the operation is not otherwise prohibited by this code or
25(h) This section does not prohibit the operation of a transit bus
26on the shoulder of a state highway in conjunction with the
27implementation of a program authorized pursuant to Section 148.1
28of the Streets and Highways Code on state highways within the
29areas served by the transit services of the
31 Monterey-Salinas Transit
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