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Report ID: 20-226   
Type: Regular - External Affairs
Meeting Body: Board of Directors - Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 7/8/2020 Final action: 7/8/2020
Recommended Action: Consider receiving a report on the implementation of Senate Bill 1051, use of forward facing cameras in transit only lanes, and an update on actions taken by local law enforcement agencies to enforce bus stop violations by motorists and provide direction to staff on pursuing legislative action to extend the provisions of Senate Bill 1051.
Attachments: 1. STAFF REPORT, 2. Att.1. SB 1051, 3. Att.2. Bus Stop Violations Chart, 4. Master Minute Order
TO: AC Transit Board of Directors
FROM: Michael A. Hursh, General Manager
SUBJECT: Update on Implementation of SB 1051 Forward Facing Cameras

ACTION ITEM

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

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Consider receiving a report on the implementation of Senate Bill 1051, use of forward facing cameras in transit only lanes, and an update on actions taken by local law enforcement agencies to enforce bus stop violations by motorists and provide direction to staff on pursuing legislative action to extend the provisions of Senate Bill 1051.
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STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:

Goal - Convenient and Reliable Service
Initiative - Service Quality

The District is preparing for the launch of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system later this year. Deployment of forward-facing camera technology in transit-only lanes will support the delivery of reliable service. Expansion: The use of forward-facing camera technology is currently limited to transit-only lanes, use of forward-facing camera technology at bus stops requires legislative action by the California legislature.

BUDGETARY/FISCAL IMPACT:

There is no budgetary impact associated with this report.

BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:

In 2016, staff worked to secure legislation to allow the District to use forward facing camera technology to enforce parking in transit-only lanes. Staff worked with State Senator Loni Hancock who sponsored and introduced Senate Bill 1051 on behalf of the District. SB 1051 was signed into law by the Governor in September of 2016.

Senate Bill 1051 authorizes the District, "...to enforce parking violations in specified transit-only traffic lanes through the use of video imaging evidence and to install automated forward-facing parking control devices on district-owned public transit vehicles." Prior to issuing notices of parking violations, the District is required to issue warning notices for 30 days. Additionally, the District is required to make a public announcement of the program at least 30 days prior to comm...

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