Article 1. General Provisions of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 1.
Any city together with unincorporated territory, or two or
more cities, with or without unincorporated territory, in either
Alameda County or Contra Costa County or both, may organize and
incorporate as a transit district. Cities and unincorporated
territory included within a district may be in the same or separate
counties and need not be contiguous. No city shall be divided in the
formation of a district. A city may be in more than one transit
district formed under this division.
It is necessary that a district be formed in Alameda and Contra
Costa Counties to meet the transit problem, for the area involved
covers more than one city and is in two counties; moreover, the
problem is unique to these counties due to their geographic location
in relation to the centers of employment of many of their residents.
Although a municipal utility district could provide transportation
facilities, there is already an existent municipal utility district
in part of the area which provides water and sewage disposal to
persons who will not necessarily be benefited by the transportation
facilities, and if a new municipal utility district is formed, there
is a possibility of its becoming merged by operation of law with the
existent district, which would result in those persons in the
existent district being inequitably taxed to pay for the transit
facilities and those benefited only by the transit facilities being
taxed to support the water and sewage disposal functions of the
Also, there are existing transportation facilities in the area
which may be taken over by the transit district and special
provisions relating to this transfer and to the employees of these
facilities, as provided for by this division, are necessary to
protect the public interest.
A request for the formation of a district may be made by
resolution or by petition as set out in this chapter.