AB 1746, as amended, 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 law, the Alameda-Contra
4Costa Transit District, the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority,
5the Monterey-Salinas Transit District, the North County Transit
6District, the San Diego Association of Governments, the San Diego
7Metropolitan Transit System, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation
8Authority, and the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District may
9conduct a transit bus-only program using the shoulders of certain
10highways in the state highway system within the areas served by
11the transit services of each entity, with the approval of the
12department and the Department of the California Highway Patrol.
13The department, the Department of the California Highway Patrol,
14and each participating transit entity shall jointly determine the
15segments of each highway where it is appropriate to designate the
16shoulders as transit bus-only traffic corridors, based upon factors
17that shall include, but are not limited to, right-of-way availability
18and capacity, peak congestion hours, and the most heavily
19congested areas. Under the program, the participating transit
20entities shall actively work with the department and the Department
21of the California Highway Patrol to develop guidelines that ensure
22driver and vehicle safety and the integrity of the infrastructure.
23(b) The development of the guidelines shall be done with
24transparency, including the opportunity for public comment.
25(c) The department and the participating transit entities shall
26monitor the state of repair of highway shoulders used in the
27 program, including repairs attributable to the operation of transit
28buses on the shoulders.
P3 1(d) The participating transit entities shall be responsible for all
2costs attributable to this program, including costs related to repairs
3attributable to the operation of transit buses on shoulders.
4(e) The program may commence operation as soon as guidelines
5are agreed to by the participating transit entities, the department,
6and the Department of the California Highway Patrol.
29 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
32right half of the roadway, except as follows:
33(a) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding
34in the same direction under the rules governing that movement.
35(b) When placing a vehicle in a lawful position for, and when
36the vehicle is lawfully making, a left turn.
37(c) When the right half of a roadway is closed to traffic under
38construction or repair.
39(d) Upon a roadway restricted to one-way traffic.
40(e) When the roadway is not of sufficient width.
P4 1(f) When the vehicle is necessarily traveling so slowly as to
2impede the normal movement of traffic, that portion of the highway
3adjacent to the right edge of the roadway may be utilized
4temporarily when in a condition permitting safe operation.
5(g) This section does not prohibit the operation of bicycles on
6any shoulder of a highway, on any sidewalk, on any bicycle path
7within a highway, or along any crosswalk or bicycle path crossing,
8where the operation is not otherwise prohibited by this code or
10(h) This section does not prohibit the operation of a transit bus
11on the shoulder of a state highway in conjunction with the
12implementation of a program authorized pursuant to Section 148.1
13of the Streets and Highways Code on state highways within the
14areas served by the transit services of the Alameda-Contra Costa
15Transit District, the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, the
16 Monterey-Salinas Transit District, the North County Transit
17District, the San Diego Association of Governments, the San Diego
18Metropolitan Transit System, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation
19Authority, or the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District.