as amended, Roger Hernández.
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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.end delete
The bill would make an additional legislative finding that transportation resources should be equitably distributed within Los Angeles County.end delete
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State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 130001 of the Public Utilities Code is
7amended to read:
The Legislature hereby finds and declares that:
9(a) Public demand for an efficient public transportation system
10in the southern California region resulting from population sprawl,
11the concentration of many transit dependent citizens in the large
12urban areas, and increasing mobility requirements indicates a need
13for improved, as well as more innovative, policy and
14decisionmaking institutions to resolve these problems.
15(b) A basic purpose of transportation policy within the region
16should be to avoid undesirable duplication of transportation
17services, achieve the operation of a coordinated and integrated
18transportation system which will reduce automobile usage and
19dependency, reduce the consumption of scarce and expensive
20energy fuels, and reduce the levels of automobile-related air
22(c) Recognizing the scarcity of resources available for all
23transportation development, the commissions shall give priority
24to low-cost highway and transit improvements, and shall work
25toward maximizing the effectiveness of existing resources available
26to the commissions.
27(d) Recognizing the importance of the state highway system in
28the Los Angeles metropolitan area to bus, automobile, and freight
29transportation, it is necessary to maintain this highway system at
30least at its present operating standards and to increase the
31person-moving capability of this system by such methods as
32carpooling, improved traffic operations, exclusive busways, and
33fringe parking facilities.
34(e) Recognizing the geographic diversity and transportation
35needs in Los Angeles County, transportation resources should be
36equitably distributed within the county.
37(f) The transportation system should offer adequate public
38transportation to all citizens, including those immobilized by
39poverty, age, physical handicaps, or other reasons.
P6 1(g) The cities and local communities acting singly or jointly
2should be given more responsibilities for designing and providing
3local transit services to improve the responsiveness of public transit
4to public needs.
5(h) The transportation decisionmaking process should be
6responsive to public values, and provide for the continuing
7involvement of the public in the preparation, revision, and
8discussion of transportation plans and services.
9(i) Transportation planning should recognize that transportation
10systems have significant effect on the physical and socioeconomic
11characteristics of the areas served, and emphasis should be given
12to the protection and enhancement of the environment and the
13restoration of blighted neighborhoods near community centers.
14Los Angeles County, in particular, is a multicentered area with
15diverse socioeconomic levels and travel patterns, and a majority
16of the trips in the county are four miles or less.