California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 338

Introduced by Assembly Member Roger Hernández

February 13, 2015

An act to amend Section 130001 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to transportation.


AB 338, as introduced, Roger Hernández. County transportation commissions: Los Angeles County.

The County Transportation Commissions Act provides for the creation of county transportation commissions with specified powers and duties in the southern California region, including Los Angeles County. The act makes various legislative findings regarding the transportation needs of the region.

The bill would make an additional legislative finding that transportation resources should be equitably distributed within Los Angeles County.

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 130001 of the Public Utilities Code is
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The Legislature hereby finds and declares that:

4(a) Public demand for an efficient public transportation system
5in the southern California region resulting from population sprawl,
6the concentration of many transit dependent citizens in the large
P2    1urban areas, and increasing mobility requirements indicates a need
2for improved, as well as more innovative, policy and
3decisionmaking institutions to resolve these problems.

4(b) A basic purpose of transportation policy within the region
5should be to avoid undesirable duplication of transportation
6services, achieve the operation of a coordinated and integrated
7transportation system which will reduce automobile usage and
8dependency, reduce the consumption of scarce and expensive
9energy fuels, and reduce the levels of automobile-related air

11(c) Recognizing the scarcity of resources available for all
12transportation development, the commissions shall give priority
13to low-cost highway and transit improvements, and shall work
14toward maximizing the effectiveness of existing resources available
15to the commissions.

16(d) Recognizing the importance of the state highway system in
17the Los Angeles metropolitan area to bus, automobile, and freight
18transportation, it is necessary to maintain this highway system at
19least at its present operating standards and to increase the
20person-moving capability of this system by such methods as
21carpooling, improved traffic operations, exclusive busways, and
22fringe parking facilities.

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23(e) Recognizing the geographic diversity and transportation
24needs in Los Angeles County, transportation resources should be
25equitably distributed within the county.

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27begin insert(f)end insert The transportation system should offer adequate public
28transportation to all citizens, including those immobilized by
29poverty, age, physical handicaps, or other reasons.

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31begin insert(g)end insert The cities and local communities acting singly or jointly
32should be given more responsibilities for designing and providing
33local transit services to improve the responsiveness of public transit
34to public needs.

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36begin insert(h)end insert The transportation decisionmaking process should be
37responsive to public values, and provide for the continuing
38involvement of the public in the preparation, revision, and
39discussion of transportation plans and services.

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P3    1begin insert(i)end insert Transportation planning should recognize that transportation
2systems have significant effect on the physical and socioeconomic
3characteristics of the areas served, and emphasis should be given
4to the protection and enhancement of the environment and the
5restoration of blighted neighborhoods near community centers.
6Los Angeles County, in particular, is a multicentered area with
7diverse socioeconomic levels and travel patterns, and a majority
8of the trips in the county are four miles or less.