Article 1. General Provisions And Definitions of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 11. >> Chapter 4. >> Article 1.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the
Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions given
in this article shall govern construction of this chapter.
"Claimant" or any derivative term, such as "applicant,"
means an operator, city, county, or consolidated transportation
"City" means a city within the county having the fund from
which the disbursement will be made.
"Commission" means the California Transportation
"Consolidated transportation service agency" means an
agency designated pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 15975 of the
"Controller" means the Controller of the State of
"County" includes a city and county.
"Department" means the Department of Transportation.
"Director" means the Director of Transportation.
"Fare revenues" means the revenue object classes 401, 402,
and 403 as specified in Section 630.12 of Title 49 of the Code of
Federal Regulations, as now or as may hereafter be amended.
"Fund" means the local transportation fund established by a
county under Article 11 (commencing with Section 29530) of Chapter 2
of Division 3 of Title 3 of the Government Code.
"Disabled person" means any individual who by reason of
illness, injury, age, congenital malfunction, or other permanent or
temporary incapacity or disability, including, but not limited to,
any individual confined to a wheelchair, is unable, without special
facilities or special planning or design, to utilize public
transportation facilities and services as effectively as a person who
is not so affected.
As used in this section, a temporary incapacity or disability is
an incapacity or a disability which lasts more than 90 days.
(a) "Included municipal operator" means a city or county
which is included, in whole or in part, within a transit district or
which has been extended the authority to join a transit district by
that district's enabling legislation, and in which city or county
public transportation services have continuously been provided, since
at least January 1, 1971, by the city or county, by a nonprofit
corporation or other legal entity wholly owned by the city or county,
or by the University of California.
(b) "Included municipal operator" also means the City and County
of San Francisco and the Counties of Alameda and Contra Costa with
respect to any portion of the unincorporated area thereof, and any
city in those counties, which is outside the area of the
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District and which is not receiving
adequate local public transportation services, as determined by the
Metropolitan Transportation Commission, from any of the transit
districts which includes the county or city, taking into
consideration, among other things, the amount of such services needed
in the county or city, the cost to provide such services, and the
amount of such services provided in other areas of the transit
district as compared to their needs.
(c) "Included municipal operator" also means any city within the
County of Sacramento which (1) is outside the activated boundaries of
the Sacramento Regional Transit District, (2) contracts with the
district for transit services, and (3) provides local transit
services within the city that the Sacramento Area Council of
Governments annually determines can be better provided by the city
than the district, taking into consideration, among other things, the
amount and the nature of the services required in the city, the
ability of the district to provide the services, the coordination of
the services with district services, the remoteness of the city in
relation to other district services, the cost of providing the
services, the funds available to provide the services, and the amount
of services provided in other areas of the district compared to
(d) "Included municipal operator" also means any city or
unincorporated area within the County of Los Angeles (1) that is not
receiving adequate local public transportation services, as
determined by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation
Authority, from either the Southern California Rapid Transit District
or any currently "included municipal operator" as defined in this
section, and (2) that meets the criteria established by the Los
Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, taking into
consideration, among other things, the cost to provide such services,
the amount of such services needed in the county or city, the funds
available to provide such services, and the amount of such services
provided in other areas of the county as compared to their needs.
In Los Angeles County, an "eligible municipal operator" is
a transit operator that has been designated eligible to receive
formula-equivalent funds allocable for transit operating purposes,
other than funds specifically included in the formula allocation
"Included transit district" means any of the following which
has operated a public transportation system since at least January
(a) A transit district whose boundaries are contained entirely
within those of a larger transit district.
(b) A district organized pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with
Section 27000) of Division 16 of the Streets and Highways Code.
"Municipal operator" means a city or county, including any
nonprofit corporation or other legal entity wholly owned or
controlled by the city or county, which operates a public
transportation system, or which on July 1, 1972, financially
supported, in whole or in part, a privately owned public
transportation system, and which is not included, in whole or in
part, within an existing transit district.
"Municipal operator" also means any county which is
located in part within a transit district and which operates a public
transportation system in the unincorporated area of the county not
within the area of the district.
"Operates" for purposes of Sections 99209 and 99215, and
"operation" for purposes of paragaraph (1) of subdivision (b) of
Section 99289, mean that the operator owns or leases the equipment,
establishes routes and frequency of service, regulates and collects
fares, and otherwise controls the efficiency and quality of the
operation of the system, but does not require that operators of
rolling stock be employees of a public agency.
"Operator" means any transit district, included transit
district, municipal operator, included municipal operator, or transit
"Operator" also means the San Joaquin Regional Rail
Commission for operation of commuter rail services.
"Public transportation system" means any system of an
operator which provides transportation services to the general public
by any vehicle which operates on land or water, regardless of
whether operated separated from or in conjunction with other
"Ridesharing services" means a comprehensive
organizational effort which is designed to reduce the number of
vehicles on the highways during peak travel periods within a defined
area by encouraging the planning and marketing of high-occupancy
vehicle facilities, increases in the number of passengers per vehicle
in vehicles used for ridesharing, alternative work schedules, and
other transportation demand management strategies among employers and
"Secretary" means the Secretary of Transportation.
"Transit district" means a public district organized
pursuant to state law and designated in the enabling legislation as a
transit district or a rapid transit district.
(a) "Transportation planning agency" means the entity
designated in Section 29532 of the Government Code.
(b) "Transportation planning agency" also includes, for purposes
of this chapter, the county transportation commissions created in the
Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and
Ventura pursuant to Division 12 (commencing with Section 130000).
(c) "Transportation planning agency" also includes, for purposes
of this chapter, the Imperial County Transportation Commission in
"Transit development board" means a public entity created
pursuant to state law and designated in the enabling legislation as a
transit development board, including, solely for purposes of
submission of claims, receipt of funds, separate annual reporting to
the Controller, and provision of service as an operator under this
chapter, any nonprofit corporation or other legal entity wholly owned
or controlled by the transit development board which operates a
public transportation system.
"Urbanized area" means such an area as defined by Section
101 of Title 23 of the United States Code.