2005 California Streets and Highways Code Sections 30950-30963 CHAPTER 4.3. METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION
30950. For the purposes of this chapter, Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 30910), and Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 31000), "the authority" is the Bay Area Toll Authority, which is hereby created. The authority is a public instrumentality governed by the same board as that governing the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The authority is, however, a separate entity from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. 30950.1. The authority shall adopt an annual budget. The members of the authority shall be compensated as determined by the authority and shall be reimbursed for necessary and reasonable expenses incurred in connection with performing authority duties. The authority shall pay all costs required by this section. 30950.2. (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), the authority is responsible for the administration of all toll revenues from state-owned toll bridges within the geographic jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, until such time as obligations of the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank secured by the seismic retrofit surcharge imposed pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 31010 are no longer outstanding, as that term is defined in the constituent instruments defining the rights of the holders of those obligations, both of the following apply: (1) The phrase "toll revenues" as used in Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 30910) and this chapter shall not include the seismic retrofit surcharge imposed pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 31010. (2) The seismic retrofit surcharge imposed pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 31010 shall remain pledged to the payment of obligations incurred by the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank under Chapter 4.6 (commencing with Section 31070). 30950.3. (a) The authority shall prepare, adopt, and from time to time revise, a long-range plan for the completion of all projects within its jurisdiction, including those of the Regional Traffic Relief Plan. (b) The authority shall give first priority to projects and expenditures that are deemed necessary by the department to preserve and protect the bridge structures. 30950.4. All authority of the California Transportation Commission as to the bay area bridges is transferred to the authority. 30951. The authority is authorized in its own name to do all acts necessary or convenient for the exercise of its powers under this division and the financing of projects, including, but not limited to, the following: (a) To make and enter into contracts. (b) To employ agents or employees. (c) To acquire, construct, manage, maintain, lease, or operate any public facility or improvements. (d) To sue and be sued in its own name. (e) To issue bonds and otherwise to incur debts, liabilities, or obligations. (f) To apply for, accept, receive, and disburse grants, loans, and other assistance from any agency of the United States of America or of the State of California. (g) To invest any money not required for the immediate necessities of the authority, as the authority determines is advisable. (h) To apply for letters of credit or other forms of financial guarantees in order to secure the repayment of bonds and to enter into agreements in connection with those letters of credit or financial guarantees. 30952. The department shall collect tolls, operate, maintain, and provide rehabilitation of all bridges described in Section 30910, including toll facilities, and be responsible for the design and construction of improvements on those bridges in accordance with programming and scheduling requirements adopted by the authority. The department and the authority shall enter into a cooperative agreement upon terms and conditions that they shall deem mutually agreeable, including, without limitation, provisions for the department to provide for the operation of the bridges and the planning, design, and construction of improvements to the bridges paid for by revenues from tolls collected. 30952.05. (a) The authority and the department shall amend the cooperative agreement required by Section 30952 to incorporate the project oversight and control responsibilities described in this section relative to the construction of the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, as described in Section 30917, and the state toll bridge seismic retrofit program, as described in Section 188.5 as that section read on January 1, 2005. (b) The department shall develop specifications and bid documents and invite bids and award contracts for the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, as described in Section 30917, and the state toll bridge seismic retrofit program projects. All contract specifications and bid documents shall be reviewed and approved by the authority prior to their release. (c) The Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, created pursuant to Section 30952.1, shall implement a project oversight and project control process for the Benicia-Martinez Bridge project and the state toll bridge seismic retrofit program projects. The committee's project oversight and control processes shall include, but not be limited to, reviewing bid specifications and documents, providing field staff to review ongoing costs, reviewing and approving significant change orders and claims (as determined by the committee), and preparing project reports. (d) The authority may contract with, and oversee, one or more consulting firms to provide the services described in subdivision (c) and subdivision (a) of Section 30952.1. All contracts shall be reviewed and approved by the committee prior to their execution. The authority's expenses incurred for project oversight and control services may be reimbursed by toll revenue collected pursuant to Section 30916, 31010, or 31011. (e) To ensure that the department manages the risks associated with the toll bridge seismic retrofit projects, the department shall, at a minimum, take all of the following actions: (1) Establish a comprehensive risk management plan that clearly defines roles and responsibilities for risk management and addresses the process by which it will identify and quantify project risks, implement and track risk response activities, and monitor and control risks throughout the duration of the project. (2) Quantify the effect of identified risks in financial terms. (3) Develop and maintain documents to track identified risks and related mitigation steps. (4) Regularly update its estimates of capital and capital outlay support costs. (5) Regularly reassess its reserves for potential claims and unknown risks, incorporating information related to risks identified and quantified through its risk assessment processes. (6) Regularly integrate estimates for capital, capital outlay support costs, and contingency reserves into a programwide report. (7) Ensure that reports to the Federal Highway Administration and others reflect current data and provide an accurate representation of the project's status. (8) When unexpected events occur, quickly inform the committee created in Section 30952.1 describing the effects of these key events on the project's overall budget and schedule. 30952.1. (a) The authority and the department shall establish a Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, which shall consist of the director, the authority's executive director, and the Executive Director of the California Transportation Commission. The committee may establish a project management team to assist it in performing the duties required of it under this section and Section 30952.05. (b) The Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee shall review project status, program costs, and schedules; resolve project issues; evaluate project changes; develop and regularly update cost estimates, risk assessments, and cashflow requirements for all phases of the toll bridge projects; and provide program direction. (c) In addition to the duties described in subdivision (b), the committee shall review project staffing levels and structures, and consultant and contractor services related to the Benicia-Martinez Bridge construction project, as described in Section 30917, and the state toll bridge seismic retrofit program, as described in Section 188.5. (d) Expenses incurred by the department, the authority, and the California Transportation Commission for costs directly related to duties required by this section, Section 30952, and Section 30952.05 shall be reimbursed by toll revenue collected pursuant to Section 30916, 31010, or 31011. (e) The Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee is not a state body as that term is defined in Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code or a local agency as that term is defined in the Ralph M. Brown Act (Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 54950) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code). 30952.2. (a) The department shall provide monthly reports to the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, including, but not limited to, the construction status, actual expenditures, and forecasted costs and schedules for the Benicia-Martinez Bridge construction project and the state toll bridge seismic retrofit program projects. (b) (1) Commencing August 15, 2005, and quarterly thereafter until completion of all applicable projects, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee shall provide quarterly reports within 45 days of the end of each quarter to the transportation and fiscal committees of both houses of the Legislature and the California Transportation Commission for the toll bridge seismic retrofit program in subdivision (a) of Section 188.5. (2) The report shall include details of each toll bridge seismic retrofit project and all information necessary to clearly describe the status of the project, including, but not limited to, all of the following: (A) A progress report. (B) The baseline budget for capital and capital outlay support costs for the revised program cost estimate, as described in Section 188.6. (C) The current or projected budget for capital and capital outlay support costs. (D) Expenditures to date for capital and capital outlay support costs. (E) A comparison of the current or projected schedule and the baseline schedule that was assumed. (F) A summary of milestones achieved during the quarterly period and any issues identified and actions taken to address those issues. (G) A summary of the expenses incurred by the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee to perform the duties required by Sections 30952.05 and 30952.1. (H) A summary of the incentives, disincentives, and criteria for each utilized by the department, and the expenses incurred by the department, pursuant to Section 30952.3. (3) The report described in paragraph (1) shall also include a programwide summary of the program's budget status for capital and capital outlay support costs. 30952.3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the department may, from the resources provided in, and for the purpose of, Sections 188.5 and 188.6, include incentives or disincentives, or both, to maximize the number of bidders participating in a bid process relative to toll bridge seismic retrofit and replacement projects, and to encourage the timely and thorough completion of contracts awarded for those projects. 30953. Toll revenues and all other income derived from bridges pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 30910) shall be deposited in the Bay Area Toll Account, which is hereby created. 30954. At such time as obligations of the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank secured by the seismic retrofit surcharge imposed under subdivision (a) of Section 31010 are no longer outstanding, as that term is defined in the constituent instruments defining the rights of the holders of those obligations, all revenues, interest earned, and existing fund balances in the Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Account shall be transferred to the authority for deposit in the Bay Area Toll Account. 30958. After payments for debt service on outstanding bonds, and the costs for the operation and maintenance expenses set forth in Section 30952 are provided for, and after all direct operating costs of the authority are provided for, the authority may retain, for its cost in administering this article, an amount not to exceed 1 percent of the gross annual bridge revenues. 30960. (a) The authority may issue both defeasance and future capital project bonds payable from the revenues of the tolls imposed on the bridges described in Section 30910. The bonds or commercial paper may be issued by the authority at any time, and from time to time, payable from the revenues from the tolls. The bonds or commercial paper shall be referred to as "toll bridge revenue bonds." (b) The revenues from the tolls on the bridges described in Section 30910 shall be subject to a statutory lien in favor of the bondholders to secure all amounts due on the bonds and in favor of any provider of credit enhancement for the bonds to secure all amounts due to that provider with respect to those bonds, and the lien shall immediately attach to those toll revenues and be effective, binding, and enforceable against the authority, its successors, creditors, and all others asserting rights therein, irrespective of whether those parties have notice of the lien and without the need for any physical delivery, recordation, filing, or further act, and the toll revenues shall remain subject to that lien until all bonds are paid in full or provision made therefor, and the bridges shall not become toll-free prior to that time. (c) The liens on toll revenues created by this chapter shall be subject to expenditures for operation and maintenance of the bridges, including toll collection, unless those expenditures are otherwise provided for by statute. (d) Interest on any bonds issued pursuant to this chapter shall at all times be free from state personal income tax and corporate income tax. 30961. Toll bridge revenue bonds shall be issued pursuant to a resolution adopted at any time, and from time to time, by the authority by a majority vote of all members of the authority. (a) The authority may from time to time issue bonds in accordance with the Revenue Bond Law of 1941 (Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 54300) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code), for the purpose of constructing, improving, or equipping any of the bridges or for any of the purposes authorized by this chapter, Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 30910), or Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 31000). Operation of the bridges or any grouping or units thereof shall constitute an "enterprise" within the meaning of Section 54309 of the Government Code, and the authority shall constitute a "local agency" within the meaning of Section 54307 of the Government Code. Article 3 (commencing with Section 54380) of Chapter 6 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code shall not apply to the issuance and sale of bonds pursuant to this chapter. Instead, the authority shall authorize the issuance of bonds by resolution, and that resolution shall specify all of the following: (1) The purposes for which the bonds are to be issued. (2) The maximum principal amount of the bonds. (3) The maximum term for the bonds or commercial paper. (4) The maximum rate of interest to be payable upon the bonds or commercial paper. That interest rate shall not exceed the maximum rate specified in Section 53531 of the Government Code. The rate may be either fixed or variable and shall be payable at the times and in the manner specified in the resolution. (b) The authority shall keep full and complete accounts for toll revenues and expenses of the toll bridges and shall annually prepare balance sheets showing the financial condition of the entire toll bridge enterprise as well as toll revenues and operating costs for each toll bridge. The accounts and related reports shall be maintained and prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices and shall be subject to an annual audit conducted by an independent certified public accountancy firm licensed to practice in the state. (c) The authority may issue toll bridge revenue bonds to provide the department with sufficient funds to combine with the unspent proceeds of outstanding obligations of the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank under Chapter 4.6 (commencing with Section 31070) to establish that those obligations are no longer outstanding, as that term is defined in the constituent instruments defining the rights of the holders of those obligations. (d) As and when requested by the authority, the department and the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank shall take all actions necessary or appropriate to promptly establish that obligations of the bank under Chapter 4.6 (commencing with Section 31070) are no longer outstanding and to effect the consolidation of toll revenues in accordance with Section 188.6. 30961.1. Not later than December 31, 2005, the California Transportation Commission, in consultation with the department and the authority, shall adopt a schedule for the payment of the remaining state contributions identified in Sections 188.5 and 188.6 for the toll bridge seismic retrofit and replacement projects identified in Section 188.5. The schedule shall include the timing and sources of the state contributions to the state toll bridge seismic retrofit and replacement program. The schedule shall provide for the state contributions to be made available for expenditure commencing in the fiscal year 2005-06, and in a manner that distributes the state contributions over the years during which construction of the toll bridge seismic retrofit and replacement program occurs, ensures that the state contributions provide a timely balance between those sources and the contribution from toll revenues, and, to the extent possible, minimizes the impact on state transportation programs. The schedule shall include and make available for expenditure, the state contribution identified in subparagraph (B) of paragraph (8) of subdivision (b) of Section 188.5 commencing in fiscal year 2008-09, and shall distribute it over that fiscal year and each of the fiscal years during which construction of the state toll bridge seismic retrofit and replacement program occurs. The California Transportation Commission, in consultation with the department and the authority, may update and revise the schedule as it determines is necessary. 30962. Any bonds or commercial paper issued pursuant to this chapter are a legal investment for all trust funds; for the funds of insurance companies, commercial and savings banks, and trust companies; and for state school funds. Whenever any money or funds may, by any law now or hereafter enacted, be invested in bonds of cities, counties, school districts, or other districts within the state, those funds may be invested in the bonds issued pursuant to this chapter, and whenever bonds of cities, counties, school districts, or other districts within this state may, by any law now or hereafter enacted, be used as security for the performance of any act or the deposit of any public money, the bonds issued pursuant to this chapter may be so used. The provisions of this chapter are in addition to all other laws relating to legal investments and shall be controlling as the latest expression of the Legislature with respect thereto. 30963. (a) The State of California pledges and agrees with the holders of the bonds issued pursuant to this chapter, and with those parties who may enter into contracts with the authority pursuant to this chapter, that the state will not limit, alter, or restrict the rights hereby vested in the authority to finance the toll bridge improvements authorized by this chapter, Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 30910), or Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 31000). The State of California pledges and agrees not to impair the terms of any agreements made with the holders of bonds, and with the parties who may enter into contracts with the authority pursuant to this chapter, and pledges and agrees not to impair the rights or remedies of the holders of any revenue bonds or any parties until the bonds, together with interest, are fully paid and discharged and any contracts are fully performed on the part of the authority. (b) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to pledge the full faith and credit of the State of California. (c) The authority may include the pledges made pursuant to this section in its revenue bonds.
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