(a) The authority and any utility required to remove a utility facility or to relocate
any utility facility may, by agreement, provide for the respective amounts of the
cost to be borne by each. The authority may, without prejudice to its rights under Section 185506, advance the cost of removal or relocation, and, if the authority advances that cost,
it is the duty of the utility to move its facilities as soon as reasonably possible
so as not to delay high-speed rail construction. In the case of any utility that is not financially able to bear the costs of removal
or relocation, the authority may by agreement provide for the work to be done on condition
that the utility's portion of the costs be repaid to the authority over a period of
time not exceeding 10 years.
(b) Either party may maintain an action in a court of competent jurisdiction for an
adjudication as to the obligations and costs to be borne by each party under any contract
entered into by the parties at any time within four years after the cause of action
first arose. The cause of action shall be deemed to arise at the time of the completion by the
utility of the removal or relocation in question, or at the time of a breach of the
agreement by either party, whichever occurs first. The filing of a claim with a state agency shall not be deemed a condition precedent
to the maintenance by the utility of an action under this subdivision.
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