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Legislative Affairs

Legislative Affairs

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The Legislative Affairs Team oversees the District’s advocacy efforts at the local, regional, state, and federal levels.  This includes development of the District’s annual federal and state legislative programs which guide our advocacy efforts in Washington, DC and Sacramento.  Team members work closely with state and federal policymakers to influence transit legislation, appropriations, and administrative matters that impact AC Transit’s operations.  At the regional and local levels the team tracks and influences proposed transportation policies and funding measures, in addition to managing public education efforts for ballot measures designed to increase or augment AC Transit’s operating and capital revenues. 

Please e-mail any questions or concerns to Claudia Burgos, Director of Legislative Affairs and Community Relations. 

Thank you.

Annual Reports

At AC Transit, we are always working hard to provide high quality and reliable service to our riders. Each year, we are busy rolling out a variety of initiatives to keep us at our best. Our annual reports are intended to let you know what we have been up to and how we continue to improve service for our riders.

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

State & Federal Advocacy

Each year AC Transit’s Board of Directors adopts both a state advocacy and a federal advocacy program. The District tracks relevant legislation and issues at the state and federal levels and keeps a record of its positions on each bill or issue.  This board direction guides the agency's advocacy efforts to ensure that its interests are represented throughout the process.

2022: Federal and State Legislative Program

2021: Federal and State Legislative Program

2020: Federal and State Legislative Program

2019: Federal and State Legislative Program

2018: Federal and State Legislative Program  

2017: Federal and State Legislative Program  

2016: Federal and State Legislative Program  

2015: Federal and State Legislative Program  

2014: Federal and State Legislative Program  

Legislative Positions

The AC Transit Board of Directors routinely evaluates bills that affect public transit and decides whether it will take a position on them or not. These positions demonstrate support or they may be used to advocate for change in the bill that might better serve the interests of public transit agencies. Below are the current positions take by the AC Transit Board of Director during this legislative session.

State Legislative Positions

Bill NumberBill DescriptionBoard Position TakenDate Position Taken
SB 551 (Stern)Supports coordination among state agencies to advance electric vehicle and zero-emission charging infrastructure.  SB 551 proposes a technology neutral approach that prioritizes both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology. Support7/28/2021
AB 43: Traffic SafetyAB 43 would implement some of the findings of the Vision Zero Task Force to reduce pedestrian and bicyclists’ fatalities by allowing local governments greater flexibility in setting safer speed limits. Support5/26/21
AB 361: Open meetings: local agencies: teleconferences AB 361 creates an alternative process for local agencies to hold teleconference meetings during emergencies or where in person meetings could put attendees’ health or safety at risk. Support 5/26/21
AB 1401: Residential and commercial development: parking requirements AB 1401 would prohibit local governments from imposing or enforcing minimum automobile parking requirements if the parcel is located within one-half mile walking distance of either of a high-quality transit corridor or a major transit stop.  Support 5/26/21
SB 18: Green electrolytic hydrogen SB 18 would require the Air Resources Board to prepare a strategic plan for accelerating the production and use of hydrogen and an analysis of how curtailed electrical generation could be better utilized to meet the state’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Support 5/26/21
SB 274: Local government meetings: agenda and documents SB 274 would require local agencies that have websites to email a copy of, or provide a link to, the agenda packet if an individual requests the local agency to deliver these items by email. Support 5/26/21
AB 339: Local government: open and public meetings AB 339 requires certain city council or county boards of supervisors meetings to allow the public to attend and comment via telephone or internet.Watch 5/26/21
SB 643: Fuel cell electric vehicle fueling infrastructure and fuel production: statewide assessment SB 643 would require the Air Resources Board to create a working group to prepare a statewide assessment of the fuel cell electric vehicle fueling infrastructure and fuel production needed to support the adoption of zero-emission trucks, buses, and off-road vehicles. Watch 5/26/21
SB 662: Energy: transportation sector: hydrogen SB 662 would establish a process to allow gas corporations to enter the market for producing hydrogen for transportation uses. Watch 5/26/21
SB 674: Public Contracts: workforce development: transportation-related contracts SB 674 would require private entities bidding on transportation-related contracts valued at over $10 million to provide the minimum numbers of jobs that are projected to be retained and created if the applicant wins the contract, in addition to proposed wages, benefits and investments in training. Watch 5/26/21
AB 703: Open meetings: local agencies: teleconferences AB 703 is a two-year bill that would allow local agencies to use teleconference services to hold legislative meetings at any time. Watch 5/26/21
SB 726: Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies: Sustainable Transportation Strategy SB 726 proposes to revise the California Energy Commission’s “Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program” and requires the development of a sustainable transportation strategy. Watch 5/26/21
AB 1238: Pedestrian access AB 1238 decriminalizes jaywalking when no cars are present. Watch 5/26/21
AB 1312: Vehicular fuels: renewable and clean hydrogen: income tax: credit AB 1312 is a two-year bill aimed at creating an investment tax credit for building hydrogen stations, distribution, and renewable fuel production to make hydrogen mobility self-sufficient by 2030. Watch 5/26/21
AB 1389: Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program AB 1389 makes various changes to the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, also known as the Clean Transportation Program (CTP). Watch 5/26/21
AB 476: Department of Transportation: state highways: transit bus pilot programAB476 would authorize Caltrans to expand its bus-on-shoulder pilot program to eight total projects. Existing law allows two agencies to conduct a transit bus-only program using the shoulders of certain state highways.Support4/28/21
SB 437: Local publicly owned electric utilities: integrated resource planning: transportation electrification. SB 437 would require that utilities include details of an electricity rate design for heavy-duty vehicles, which would support zero emission bus rollout. Support 4/28/21
AB 629: San Francisco Bay area: public transportation. AB 629 aims to improve transit coordination in the Bay Area and calls for the institutionalization of transit system network management that takes into consideration the Transit Recovery Task Force recommendations.Watch 4/28/21
AB 917 Vehicles: video imaging of parking violations AB 917 would allow California transit agencies to use cameras, like those installed on Tempo BRT coaches, to discourage illegal parking in transit-only lanes and at transit stops and stations. AC Transit is co-sponsoring this bill with LA Metro and the California Transit Association. Support 3/24/2021
AB 455: Bay Bridge Fast Forward Program AB 455 aims to enhance transit service into and out of San Francisco. Phase 1 the bill focuses on improving the approaches to the Bay Bridge. Phase 2 would allow the creation of a transit only lane on the Bay Bridge Support 3/24/2021
AB 1157 Controller: transportation funds: distribution and reporting requirements AB 1157 would require local transportation planning agencies to report to the Controller within 7 months after the end of each fiscal year the public transportation operators within its jurisdiction that are eligible to claim specified local transportation funds. Current law requires local transportation planning agencies to report this information by June 15 of each year. Support 3/24/2021
ACA 1: Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure ACA 1 would lower the voter threshold for property tax increases, parcel taxes and sales taxes to 55% if the funds are used for affordable housing and infrastructure projects, including capital improvements to transit and streets and highways. Support 2/24/2021
SB 44: California Environmental Quality Act: streamlined judicial review: environmental leadership transit projects SB 44 would make zero-emission, fixed guideway transit projects eligible for expedited CEQA administrative and judicial review procedures established by the Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act Support2/24/2021

Federal Legislative Positions

Bill NumberBill DescriptionBoard Position TakenDate Position Taken
H.R. 3744, the Stronger Communities through Better Transit ActWould provide $80 billion in transit operations funding over four years.  The bill aims to provide more frequent service, especially in disadvantaged communities. Support7/28/2021
S. 874: BUILD GREEN Infrastructure & Jobs ActThe Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) GREEN Act would invest $500 billion over ten years to electrify public transit systems and help modernize the nation’s infrastructure by covering up to 85% of costs for eligible projects. The Act would also dedicate at least 40% of all funding to projects in disadvantaged communities.Support4/28/2021
HR 535: Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act HR 535 would require states to allocate at least 5 percent of their total federal COVID relief funds allocation to special districts and do so within 60 days of receiving a disbursement from the U.S. Treasury. The bill would also provide other tools for districts to access capital during the economic downturn. Support 3/24/2021
S. 479: The Lifting Our Communities through Advance Liquidity for Infrastructure (LOCAL Infrastructure) ActThe LOCAL Infrastructure Act would amend the federal tax code to restore state and local governments’ ability to use advance refunding to manage bond debt and reduce borrowing costs for public projects. Support3/24/2021
H.R. 7389, the Freedom to Move Act Directs the Secretary of Transportation to carry out a grant program to support efforts to provide fare-free transit service and efforts to improve public transportation, particularly in underserved communities. Support 1/13/2021