Legislative Update: Transit Boards, High-Speed Rail, New Agencies

Continuing our very early look at upcoming California bills

Source: StreetsBlog CA

Melanie Curry

 

It is still early to know what will happen with many of the bills being floated by legislators this year, especially in the context of last year’s major disruption of the session and its ongoing effects. But they do give an idea what is on their minds. Among them are some bills aiming at changing governance structures at transit agencies.

Transit Boards

The most fleshed-out-so-far in this group of bills is A.B. 1091, from Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), which aims to shrink the size of Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority Board and change its makeup so it no longer consists of local elected officials. The changes are based on the findings of a grand jury report. Damien Newton wrote about this in depth on San Francisco Streetsblog here.

Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has a bill, A.B. 784, which aims to update the governance structure of AC Transit, the transit agency for Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The bill would also give the district an extra year to pay back loans it takes out against future local sales tax revenues.