senate Bill S1551

Relates to providing free fare on metropolitan transportation authority transit systems

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Relates to providing free fare on metropolitan transportation authority transit systems for senior citizens sixty-five years of age or older.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5401
Versions:
S1551
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1266, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1528, A3330
2009-2010: S1089, A5412
2007-2008: A11660

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BILL NUMBER:S1551

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing free fare
on the metropolitan transportation authority transit systems

PURPOSE:
To grant seniors citizens, sixty-five years of age or older, free
access to transit systems operated by the Metropolitan Transit
Authority.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends subdivision 15-a of section 1266 of the Public
Authority Law to require that the New York City transit authority,
the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Commuter Railroad
Company establish a no fare program for transportation on New York city
transit authority systems, the Long Island Rail Road and the
Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company for senior citizens. Section on
e also describes the requirements for no fare eligibility. Those
eligible for the no fare program must be senior citizens sixty-five
years of age or older. Section two is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Senior citizens have been valued and respected members of our
communities for a number of years. During those years they have
contributed
immensely to this great state's workforce and economy with their
labor and taxes, respectively. Senior citizens, more often than
not, live on a fixed income. Furthermore, particularly in these times
of economic hardships, more and more of their fixed income is
spent on the increasing costs of food, housing, and medical treatment.
In most cases, mass transit is their main source of transportation
when going to hospitals for their routine medical treatment or
grocery stores to purchase food. Subsequently, a no fare program
with respect to mass transit would be a well earned, well deserved,
and essential privilege for senior citizens.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: Referred to Transportation (S.1528)
2009-10: Referred to Transportation (S.1089)
2008: Referred to Rules (S.8574)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  1551

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. PERKINS, ADAMS, DILAN, HASSELL-THOMPSON, PARKER --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the Committee on Transportation

AN  ACT  to  amend  the public authorities law, in relation to providing
  free fare on the metropolitan transportation authority transit systems

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

  Section  1.  Section  1266 of the public authorities law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 15-a to read as follows:
  15-A. (A) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW OR THE TERMS  OF
ANY  CONTRACT,  THE  AUTHORITY,  IN  CONSULTATION WITH THE NEW YORK CITY
TRANSIT AUTHORITY, THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND THE METRO-NORTH  COMMU-
TER  RAILROAD  COMPANY,  SHALL ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A NO FARE PROGRAM
FOR TRANSPORTATION ON NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY SYSTEMS, THE  LONG
ISLAND  RAIL  ROAD  AND  THE  METRO-NORTH  COMMUTER RAILROAD COMPANY FOR
SENIOR CITIZENS.
  (B) IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SUCH NO FARE PROGRAM THE SENIOR  CITI-
ZEN MUST BE SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04228-01-3

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