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This part shall be known and may be cited as the
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District Act.
It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this part
to provide for a unified, comprehensive institutional structure for
the ownership and governance of a passenger rail system within the
Counties of Sonoma and Marin that shall operate in harmony with
existing freight service that operates upon the same rail line and
serves the Counties of Humboldt, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma.
It is the further intent of the Legislature that the district
established by this act may succeed to the powers, duties,
obligations, liabilities, immunities, and exemptions of both the
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Commission and the Northwestern
Pacific Railroad Authority upon their dissolution. Because there is
no general law under which this district could be formed, the
adoption of a special act and the formation of a special district is
Unless the context otherwise requires, the provisions of
this chapter govern the construction of this part.
As used in this part, the following terms have the
(a) "District" means the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District.
(b) "Rail transit" means the transportation of passengers and
their incidental baggage by rail.
(c) "Rail transit works" or "rail transit facilities" means any or
all real and personal property, equipment, rights or interests owned
or to be acquired by the district for rail transit service purposes,
including ancillary bicycle and pedestrian pathways that provide
connections between and access to station sites.
(d) "Board of directors," "board," or "directors" means the board
of directors of the district.
(e) "Public agency" includes the state, and any county, city and
county, city, district, or other political subdivision or public
entity of, or organized under the laws of, this state, or any
department, instrumentality, or agency thereof.
The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization
Act of 2000 (Part 1 (commencing with Section 56000) Division 3 of
Title 5 of the Government Code), shall not apply to the formation or
dissolution of the district, or the annexation of additional
contiguous territory to the district.