senate Bill S720

Directs the metropolitan commuter transportation authority to implement a program to enable passengers to traverse over the Queens county and Nassau county borders

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 14 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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Bill Details

Versions:
S720
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S720

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to directing
the metropolitan commuter transportation authority to implement a
program or arrangement to enable passengers to conveniently and
efficiently traverse over the Queens county and Nassau county
boundaries


PURPOSE :
Requires the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide adequate
means for disabled individuals to cross the Queens County and Nassau
County borders.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1 amends the public authorities law Section 1266 to add a new
subdivision 4-a dealing with the accessibility of transportation
between counties.

Section 2 states that this act shall not affect any collective
bargaining agreements currently in effect.

Section 3 creates an effective date.

JUSTIFICATION :
This legislation will eliminate a problem for individuals who need to
get across county borders and whose only means of transportation are
buses provided by the Metropolitan Commuter Authority. It will allow
for passengers to easily and effectively cross over the Queens County
and Nassau County border within a 5 mile radius from such boundaries.
Queens and Nassau Counties provide services that allow for convenient
travel by disabled persons who are generally unable to utilize mass
transportation. Persons who use this system of transportation include
those who are disabled due to illness, injury, age, or other
semi-permanent incapacity. Individuals are picked up at their
residences and transported by this service. Currently, the systems
fail individuals when they need to reach destinations for purposes
such as medical treatment and the facility happens to be on the other
side of the county's borderline. In such a case, an individual would
be dropped off at the border of Queens County and then be required to
cross over on their own or be picked up by the Nassau county bus.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-08: S.3865: Referred to Transportation
2005-06: S.3575A: Passed both houses; Vetoed by the Governor; Veto
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FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the program is
put into effect on or before the one hundred eightieth day after this
act becomes law and a report is completed containing the purpose and
provisions of the act 30 days prior to its implementation.
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