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          Date of Hearing:   April 4, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION


                                 Jim Frazier, Chair


          AB 2075  
          (Atkins) - As Introduced February 17, 2016


          SUBJECT:  State highways:  relinquishment:  Route 75


          SUMMARY:  Allows the California Transportation Commission (CTC)  
          to relinquish  segments of State Route (SR) 75 in San Diego  
          County.  Specifically, this bill:  


          1)Authorizes CTC, upon a determination that it is the best  
            interest of the state to do so and upon an agreement between  
            the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the  
            following local cities, to relinquish that portion of SR 75  
            that lies within the applicable city limits:

             a)   City of Coronado;

             b)   City of  Imperial Beach; and,
              
             c)   City of San Diego.

          2)Provides that the relinquishments will become effective on the  
            date following the county recordation of the relinquishment  
            resolutions containing CTC's approval of the specified terms  
            and conditions.  

          3)Specifies that, following the effective date of  








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            relinquishment, the relinquished segments will no longer be  
            state highways and may not be considered for future adoption  
            as state highways.  

          4)Requires cities that adopt a segment of SR 75 to ensure  
            continuity of traffic flow, including traffic signal  
            progression, on the relinquished segment.  Also requires these  
            cities to install and maintain signs directing motorists to  
            the continuation of SR 75 to the extent that Caltrans  
            determines such signage is necessary.

          EXISTING LAW:  


          1)Defines a "state highway" as any roadway that is acquired,  
            laid out, constructed, improved, or maintained as a state  
            highway pursuant to constitutional or legislative  
            authorization.



          2)Statutorily identifies state highway system routes.



          3)Specifies that it is the intent of the Legislature that the  
            prescribed routes of the state highway system connect  
            communities and regions of the state and that they serve the  
            state's economy by connecting centers of commerce, industry,  
            agriculture, mineral wealth, and recreation.
          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown


          COMMENTS:  Each session, numerous bills authorizing CTC to  
          relinquish segments of the state highway to local jurisdictions  
          are passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.   
          Relinquishment transactions are generally preceded by a  
          negotiation of terms and conditions between the local  
          jurisdiction and Caltrans.  Once an agreement has been  








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          established, the Legislature authorizes CTC to relinquish the  
          segment and CTC then approves the relinquishment and verifies  
          its approval via resolution.  The final step is for the  
          Legislature to delete these segments from current law.


          This bill is consistent with Caltrans' policies that encourage  
          the relinquishment of state highways that do not serve regional  
          or statewide transportation needs.  Recipient agencies often  
          seek relinquishment of state highways so that they can have  
          greater control over the facility, which often serves as a local  
          street.

          According to the author, the U.S. Navy started a series of  
          improvements on its property located along SR 75 in the area  
          between the City of Imperial Beach and the City of Coronado.   
          The improvements are expected to generate a significant amount  
          of traffic when fully constructed and occupied.  The Imperial  
          Beach City Council would like to have more direct control over  
          SR 75 within its boundaries so that it can work with the Navy in  
          managing traffic.  


          SR 75 does not function as an inter-regional transportation  
          facility and relinquishment to the cities is appropriate if  
          agreeable terms can be negotiated. 


          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:




          Support


          Honorable David Alvarez, San Diego City Councilmember, Eighth  
          District









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          Opposition


          None on file




          Analysis Prepared by:Janet Dawson / TRANS. / (916) 319-2093