Article 1. Corporate Power of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 2. >> Chapter 6. >> Article 1.
The district has perpetual succession and may adopt a seal
and alter it at pleasure.
The district may sue and be sued, except as otherwise
provided by law, in all actions and proceedings, in all courts and
tribunals of competent jurisdiction.
The district may levy, and collect or cause to be collected,
taxes for any lawful purpose, as provided in Chapter 7 of this part.
The district may exercise the right of eminent domain to
take any property necessary or convenient to the exercise of the
powers granted in this part. The district, in exercising such power,
shall in addition to the damage for the taking, injury, or
destruction of property, also pay the cost, exclusive of betterment
and with credit for salvage value, of removal, reconstruction, or
relocation of any structure, railways, mains, pipes, conduits, wires,
cables or poles of any public utility which is required to be moved
to a new location.
The Public Utilities Commission of the State shall have and
exercise power and jurisdiction to fix just compensation to be paid
for the taking of any property of a public utility in eminent domain
proceedings brought by the district. The district may commence and
maintain such eminent domain proceedings in the Public Utilities
Commission or the superior court at its option.
The district is entitled to the benefit of any reservation
or grant, in all cases, where any right has been reserved or granted
to the State or any agency or political subdivision thereof or any
public corporation to construct or maintain roads, highways or other
crossings over any public or private lands.
The district may be merged into or consolidated with any
other public agency which may be established by law upon such terms
as the board of directors shall specify in a resolution to be
submitted to the electors of the district for approval in the manner
provided in Sections 29540 to 29545, inclusive, of this part insofar
as possible. The resolution authorizing consolidation or merger shall
not take effect unless and until a majority of the votes cast are in
favor of the proposed merger or consolidation. In the event of
merger or consolidation, the surviving entity or the consolidated
entity shall succeed to all the powers, duties, purposes,
responsibilities, liabilities, and jurisdiction now or hereafter
vested by law in the district.
The board may authorize the temporary transfer of cash
balances in any fund (except moneys in any fund which the district is
required to set aside for the payment of bonds, notes or other
evidence of indebtedness and the interest thereon) to any other fund;
and the amount so transferred shall be repaid as soon as moneys are
available in the fund to which such transfer has been made. Transfers
of funds within, or revision of, a budget adopted by the district,
whether before or after the incurring of a bonded indebtedness, may
be made by appropriate act of the board at a regular or special
Notwithstanding Sections 53090 and 53091 of the Government
Code, commercial outdoor advertising signs located on property of the
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District shall be in
conformance with the zoning regulations and ordinances of the city or
county in which the signs are located.