senate Bill S3778D

Provides for reimbursement of unused one-way and round trip tickets purchased for use on the Long Island Rail Road or the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company

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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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  • 03 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 22 / Mar / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 22 / Mar / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 3778A
  • 10 / Jun / 2011
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 10 / Jun / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 3778B
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1219
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 09 / Jan / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 01 / Mar / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 01 / Mar / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 3778C
  • 01 / May / 2012
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 01 / May / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 3778D
  • 08 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.725
  • 09 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 14 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 15 / May / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 15 / May / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 15 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 3778E
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • AMENDED BY RESTORING TO PREVIOUS PRINT 3778D
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • REPASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS

Summary

Provides for the reimbursement of the ticket price of unused one-way and round trip tickets purchased for use on the Long Island Rail Road or the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company if returned within six months.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3778
S3778A
S3778B
S3778C
S3778D
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง1266-j, Pub Auth L

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BILL NUMBER:S3778D

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public authorities law, in relation to
one-way or round trip
tickets purchased
for use on the Long Island Rail Road
and the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To eliminate the cost of mandated
surcharges for the cancellation of one-way or round trip Long Island
Rail Road and Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company tickets within
six months of their original purchase.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Creates Section 1266-j of the public
authorities law; requiring the Metropolitan Transit Authority to
extend the validity of one-way or round trip Long Island Railroad and
Metro-North Railroad tickets to six months from the date of purchase
and to reimburse one hundred percent (100%) of the purchase price for
unused one-way or round Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North
Commuter Railroad Company tickets returned within six months of the
date of purchase and prohibiting the assessment of any surcharge or
processing fee for the returned ticket.

JUSTIFICATION:
On December 30, 2010, the Metropolitan Transit
Authority (MTA) Board adopted a new refund policy for tickets
purchased for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro-North
Commuter Railroad Company. The recently instituted policy invalidates
Unused One Way and Round Trip tickets within two weeks of the
purchase date. For a full refund, any unused tickets must be returned
within 30 days of the purchase date. Prior to this policy's
enactment, LIRR and Metro-North tickets had been valid for up to six
months.

In addition to the reduction in, the amount of time allowed for
full-refund ticket returns, the new policy also includes a $10 refund
processing fee for each ticket return transaction. In most cases, the
$10 processing fee is more than the cost of the purchased One-Way
ticket. This policy discourages transit riders from obtaining a
refund, losing the cost of the ticket if they are unable use the
ticket within 14 days.

This legislation will eliminate the inequitable charge of the $10
processing fee for refunded tickets and prolong the use of tickets
for a reasonable amount of time.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3778--D

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 3, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. MARTINS, FUSCHILLO, SKELOS, STAVISKY -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Transportation  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted  as  amended  and recommitted to said committee -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee -- recommitted to the Committee on Transportation in
  accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from  said
  committee  and  committed  to  the  Committee  on Finance -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend the public authorities law, in relation to one-way or
  round trip tickets purchased for use on the Long Island Rail Road  and
  the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The public authorities law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 1266-j to read as follows:
  S  1266-J.  LONG  ISLAND  RAIL  ROAD AND METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAILROAD
COMPANY; REIMBURSEMENT.  NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ANY
ONE-WAY OR ROUND TRIP TICKET PURCHASED FOR USE ON THE LONG  ISLAND  RAIL
ROAD OR THE METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAILROAD COMPANY SHALL BE VALID FOR SIX
MONTHS  FROM  THE DATE OF PURCHASE AND THE AUTHORITY SHALL REIMBURSE ONE
HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE PURCHASE PRICE OF ANY  UNUSED  LONG  ISLAND  RAIL
ROAD  OR  METRO-NORTH  COMMUTER  RAILROAD  COMPANY ONE-WAY OR ROUND TRIP
TICKET TO THE BEARER OF  SUCH  TICKET,  PROVIDED  THAT  SUCH  TICKET  IS
RETURNED  WITHIN  SIX  MONTHS  OF THE DATE OF PURCHASE. THE AUTHORITY IS
PROHIBITED FROM ASSESSING ANY SURCHARGE OR PROCESSING FEE FOR THE RETURN
OF ANY SUCH UNUSED ONE-WAY OR ROUND TRIP TICKET PURCHASED FOR USE ON THE
LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD OR THE METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAILROAD COMPANY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09820-10-2

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