Legislation Around the District

The Legislative Committee’s role is to monitor legislative bills being considered by State legislative bodies in the 13 western states that comprise the Western District, and share those activities with both the District Board and the District members. This webpage will be a clearinghouse for transportation related legislation in each state, items that the District Board is focusing on, and legislative information from the individual sections.

If there is any legislation you believe is important for ITE to be aware of and is not shown, please contact the Legislative Chair, Tom Mericle.

View a summary of 2017 Legislative Activity by State

Current Legislative Activities by the Western District Board:

SB 743 (CA) Task Force:

Implementation of SB 743: Working with State Office of Planning and Research (OPR) on implementation of bill regarding new LOS standards. The Western District Board has appointed Erik Ruehr to chair a task force to work with OPR.  Contact Erik

Revised guidelines to implement SB 743 have been prepared by OPR and were sent to the Natural Resources Agency for incorporation into CEQA. The revised SB 743 guidelines are incorporated into two separate documents: (1) An update to CEQA Section 15.064.3, Determining the Significance of Transportation Projects and (2) Technical Advisory on Evaluating Transportation Impacts in CEQA.  These documents can be found at the following link:


More general information regarding the entire CEQA update can be found at the following link:


Here are the highlights to the new guidelines:

– The required deadline for implementation statewide is January 1, 2020.  Agencies have the option to implement SB 743 any time prior to the required deadline.

– For land development projects, the guidance is very similar to the previous guidance provided in the draft guidelines dated January 2016.

– For roadway capacity projects, the new guidance does not specifically require the use of VMT in determining transportation impacts.  Instead, the new CEQA Section 15064.3 states the following: “Agencies have the discretion to determine the appropriate measure of transportation impact consistent with CEQA and other applicable requirements.”  However, the Technical Advisory states the following in its section regarding the recommended significance threshold for transportation projects: “This section recommends consideration of evaluating impacts using vehicle miles traveled”. 

– Projects that reduce VMT such as pedestrian, bicycle, and transit projects should be presumed to have a less than significant impact.

Legislative Activities by the International Board:

Federal Legislation is monitored by the ITE International Board and staff.

State by State Transportation Legislative Activity:

Each state has different schedules for their legislative sessions.

Get information on each session by State.



2018 Session

HB 204 – Adds road maintenance vehicles to list of vehicles that drivers must vacate the nearest lane or slow down when conducting official business.

HB 333 – Allowing municipalities to ban drivers for using a phone in school zones.

SB 200 – Defining low speed vehicles as those with achieving a min speed of 20 mph and max of 25 mph.

SB 201 – Establishing a safe routes to school program.


2018 Session



HB 2422 – Rules related to “personal delivery device.” Essentially defining and restricting delivery devices to sidewalks and crosswalks.

HB 2557 – Define and authorize electric vehicle charging stations.

HB 2539 – Allow for traffic control spikes  for wrong-way drivers.

SB 1261 – Prohibits use of a portable wireless communication device while driving. Exceptions include hands-free operation, play music, and use as a GPS device.


2018 Session



AB 1 – Create the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program to address deferred maintenance.

AB 287 – Encourage Caltrans to coordinate with MTA and local agencies to seek alternatives to SR 710 North.

AB 1866 and AB 496 – Create the Traffic Relief and Road Improvement Program to address traffic congestion and deferred road maintenance.

AB 1324 – Allow for a county transportation tax to be imposed on a portion of its county if ⅔ of that portion approves the tax. Died in committee.

AB 1640 – Require that regional STIP’s allocate a minimum of 25% of funds to projects and programs that benefit low-income residents.

AB 1905 – Would prohibit a court from staying or enjoining a transportation project that would reduce VMT and is included in a sustainable communities strategy.

AB 1969 – Allows for a temporary exemption to the TDA farebox requirements.

AB 2418 – Establish the California Smart City Challenge Grant Program.

AB 2851 – Require cities to develop and implement a traffic signal optimization plan. Would create a special fund to provide grants for agencies to optimize traffic signals.

SB 182 – Restrict local agencies from requiring multiple business licenses for TNC drivers.

SB 760 – Allow local agencies and Caltrans to consider additional design guides, including the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide.

SB 1014 – Establish the California Clean Miles Standard and Incentive Program for zero-emission vehicles. Will provide funding for zero-emission vehicles that will be used for TNC’s

SB 1376 – TNC’s must ensure that they provide full access to persons with disabilities.


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Individual Section Legislative Information and Contacts (where applicable):

California – Northern Section: Vacant

California – SF Bay Area Section: Tony Henderson

SF Bay Area Legislative Information

California – Riverside/San Bernardino Section: Anwar Wagdy

California – Southern California Section: Martin Varona

So Cal Legislative Information (in newsletter)

Colorado/Wyoming Section: Scott Thomas

Colorado/Wyoming Legislative Information

Oregon: Kevin Haas

Oregon Legislative Information

Hawaii: Vacant

New Mexico: Steve Egan