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          Date of Hearing:  April 6, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          1746 (Mark Stone) - As Amended March 9, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill extends to additional transit operators the authority  
          to operate transit buses on state highway shoulders.  
          Specifically, this bill: 









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          1)Extends the above authority to the following transit agencies,  
            subject to approval of Caltrans and the CHP: 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.


          2)Requires any transit agency, within two years of exercising  
            this authority, to report to the Legislature, in conjunction  
            with Caltrans and the CHP, specified information regarding  
            program costs and impacts and to post this report on the  
            transit agency's website.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)Any costs to Caltrans and the CHP would be minor and  
            absorbable.


          2)Any costs to transit agencies that elect to exercise their  
            authority under this bill would not be state reimbursable.


          COMMENTS:


          Background and Purpose. AB 946 (Stone), Chapter 426, Statutes of  
          2013, authorized a bus-on-shoulder program specifically for  
          Monterey-Salinas Transit District and Santa Cruz Metropolitan  
          Transit District.  To date, neither of agencies have not  
          initiated a bus on shoulder program due to a lack of resources  
          for planning and evaluating potential projects. Expanding the  
          number of transit agencies that, with the approval of Caltrans  
          and CHP, can utilize a bus on shoulder option is intended to  
          help demonstrate the concept in different metropolitan regions  








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          of California.


          A number of bus-on-shoulder programs have been implemented  
          throughout the country and have been successful in shortening  
          commute times and increasing transit ridership, without  
          increasing the number of collisions. In 2006, the Transit  
          Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) studied such programs and  
          concluded their success has largely resulted from being tailored  
          to the specific highway corridors where they are used. The study  
          pointed out that transit, highway, and safety agencies must  
          partner together to produce safe and effective programs.  


          Analysis Prepared by:Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081