California Public Utilities Code
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the San Diego Regional Transportation Consolidation Act. The purpose of this act is to provide for the consolidation of transportation responsibilities in the San Diego region which can only be provided for by and through enactment of state law.
The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:
(a) There is an imperative need for comprehensive planning and implementation of regional transportation projects in the San Diego region. Diminution of congestion on the streets and highways in the San Diego region will facilitate passage of all Californians traveling through San Diego, and especially benefit persons who live or work in San Diego County who must commute to points within and outside the San Diego region on a daily basis.
(b) Several separate limited-purpose transportation agencies have been established in the San Diego region, however, the San Diego region would benefit from coordinated and comprehensive planning by these agencies.
(c) In view of the limited powers of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), to provide the needed comprehensive transportation planning and implementation without consolidation of certain responsibilities of the transit boards, the Legislature finds that consolidation of the planning, programming, project development, and construction activities of various transportation agencies in the San Diego region will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of implementing needed transportation infrastructure and services and provide for a focus on meeting the mobility needs of the region.
(d) It is, therefore, the intent of the Legislature in enacting this chapter to consolidate SANDAG and certain responsibilities of the transit boards to provide for sufficient power and authority to solve the transportation problems in the San Diego region and the needed comprehensive transportation system.
For purposes of this chapter, the definitions contained in this section have the following meanings:
(a) "Consolidated agency" means the authority resulting from the consolidation of SANDAG and the transit boards' responsibilities as set forth herein.
(b) "Consolidated entities" means SANDAG and the transit boards as set forth in Article 4 (commencing with Section 132353).
(c) "Population" means that population of any agency last determined for the agency as certified by the Department of Finance as of April 1 of each year, or if no certification has been made, the last Federal Decennial Census, except that the population of San Diego County shall be that population determined in the same manner for the unincorporated area of the county. The population of the region shall be that population determined by adding the population of each agency.
(d) "North county coastal" means the Cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside.
(e) "North county inland" means the Cities of Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, and Poway.
(f) "South county" means the Cities of Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, and Coronado.
(g) "East county" means the Cities of El Cajon, Santee, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove.
(h) "San Diego region" means the territory located within the boundaries of San Diego County.
(i) "Transit boards" means the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) and the North San Diego County Transit Development Board (NCTD).