Article 5. Transit Facilities And Service of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 13. >> Chapter 5. >> Article 5.

The district may acquire, construct, own, operate, control, or use rights-of-way, rail lines, buslines, stations, platforms, switches, yards, terminals, and any and all other facilities necessary or convenient for transit service within or partly outside the district, underground, upon, or above the ground and under, upon, or over public streets or other public ways or waterways, together with all physical structures necessary or convenient for the access of persons and vehicles thereto, and may acquire any interest in, or rights to, the joint use of any or all of the foregoing; provided, that installations in any street, road, or other property devoted to a public use shall be subject to consent of the governing body in charge of such public use.
The district may, without limitation by any other provisions of this part requiring approval of indebtedness, accept contributions of money, rights-of-way, labor, materials, and any other property for the acquisition, construction, maintenance, and operation of transit facilities, and may, without limitation by any other provisions of this part, enter into any contracts and cooperation with, and accept cooperation from the United States, the state, or any department, instrumentality, or agency thereof, or any public agency in the acquisition, construction, maintenance, and operation of, and in financing the acquisition, construction, maintenance, and operation of, any such transit facilities.
The district shall not interfere with, or exercise control over, any transit facilities now or hereafter owned and operated wholly or partly within the district by any city or public agency, unless by consent of such city or public agency and upon such terms as are mutually agreed upon between the board and such city or public agency.
The district may lease, or contract for the use of, its transit facilities, or any portion thereof, to any operator, and may provide for subleases by such operator upon such terms and conditions as it deems in the public interest. The word "operator" as used in this section means any city or public agency or any person, firm, or private corporation.
The district may construct and operate or acquire and operate works and facilities in, under, upon, over, across, or along any street or public highway or any stream, bay, or watercourse, or over any of the lands which are the property of the state, to the same extent that such rights and privileges appertaining thereto are granted to municipalities within the state, and to install adequate bus stops, including the painting of curbs, subject to the governing body in charge of such streets, highways, stream, watercourse, or lands.
The district may enter into agreements for the joint use of any property and rights by the district and any city, public agency, or public utility operating transit facilities and may enter into agreements with any city, public agency, or public utility operating any transit facilities, either wholly or partially within or outside the district, for the joint use of any property of the district or of such city, public agency, or public utility, or the establishment of through routes, joint fares, transfer of passengers, or pooling arrangements.
The rates and charges for service furnished by the district shall be fixed by the board and shall be reasonable.
The board of supervisors, or the city council of a municipality having territory located within the district, may file a request for a hearing before the district board as to the reasonableness of any rates or charges fixed by the district and as to any proposal for fixing the location of facilities by the district. The request shall be in writing, and shall state the subject matter on which a hearing is desired.
Upon the filing of a request for hearing as provided for in Section 101202, the district board shall fix the time and place for hearing. The time fixed shall be not less than 20 days nor more than 60 days from the date such request is filed. Notice of such hearing shall be given by mail to the city or county requesting such hearing and to each local agency lying either in whole or in part within the district. Such mailing shall be completed not later than the 15th day before the date fixed for the hearing. Notice of the hearing shall be published by the district pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code. The first publication shall be made not sooner than the 30th day and not later than the 15th day before the date fixed for the hearing. As used in this section, "local agency" means the county, an incorporated city, and a special district, including a school district.
Prior to, or at the time fixed, for hearing, the board of supervisors, or any city council eligible to file a request for hearing, and not a party to the original request for hearing, may intervene by filing a written notice of intervention with the secretary of the district. Any such intervener shall be entitled to be heard and introduce evidence.
Within 30 days after submission of the case, the board shall render its decision and its decision shall be final.
The district may operate charter bus service subject to the following limitations:
  (a) No bus equipment which is designed solely for charter service shall be purchased. A bus equipped with a toilet or underfloor baggage compartment shall be deemed charter equipment.
  (b) The board shall hold a public hearing prior to adopting a charter rate schedule or any amendment thereof. Notice of the hearing shall be mailed to each charter-party carrier operating within the district at least 30 days prior to the hearing. The notice shall include the proposed charter rate schedule. At the close of the public hearing, the board may adopt charter rate schedules which shall not be less than the average for the three largest private charter-party carriers operating similar service in the district.
  (c) Charter service shall originate and terminate within the area served by the district, unless a private charter-party carrier requests the district to provide service beyond the area served by the district.