senate Bill S2963

Directs the department of transportation to keep open the high-occupancy vehicle lane on certain areas of I-278 for twenty-four hour periods

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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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  • 28 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 28 / Feb / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.140
  • 04 / Mar / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 05 / Mar / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 11 / Mar / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 11 / Mar / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 11 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.652
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Directs the department of transportation to keep open the high occupancy vehicle lane on certain areas of I-278 for twenty-four hour periods.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4079
Versions:
S2963
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Transportation
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7657, A10680, A7657

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2963

TITLE OF BILL: An act directing the department of transportation to
keep certain roadways open

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to improve the flow of traffic by
dispersing more cars among more lanes, while preserving the principal
objective of the high-occupancy vehicle lane

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Subsection 1 directs the Department of Transpor-
tation to allow all high occupancy vehicles to use the "high-occupancy
vehicle" lanes of the specified portion of Interstate 278 at all times,
while reserving for the Department of Transportation the right to close
such lanes for purposes for maintenance and repairs

Subsection 2 defines "high-occupancy vehicle" as any automobile contain-
ing three or more people

JUSTIFICATION: Interstate 278 (I-278) is one of the most heavily trav-
eled roadways in all of New York State, running through each of New York
City's five boroughs. New York's southernmost portion of I-278, known as
the Staten island Expressway, suffers from significant traffic and
bottlenecks as motorists: make their way between New Jersey, Manhattan,
and Long Island. To accommodate this, "high-occupancy vehicle" (HOV)
lanes were established to provide an incentive for car-pooling and
public transportation, resulting in less vehicles on the road, shortened
travel time, and a less chaotic flow of traffic.

The HOV lanes on the Staten Island Expressway are currently open to
high-occupancy vehicles (3 or more individuals) and buses from 6:00 a.m
to 10:00 a.m. for traffic heading toward the Verrazana Narrows Bridge,
and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for traffic heading toward the Goethals
Bridge. During all other hours, the lanes may be used only by buses.
This legislation would permit the use of these lanes by any automobile
containing three or more people during all other hours as well.

Making use of HOV lanes during off-peak hours has proven effective in
other parts of New York S7ate similar policy has been implemented in
Nassau County on a portion of the Long Island Expressway (LIE) between
Exits 32 and 40. HOV lanes along ten miles of the roadway between the
"Towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay are open for use during off-
peak hours, providing relief for notorious LIE traffic.

The essential function of the HOV lane is to provide an incentive for
people to car-pool or make use of public transportation, resulting in
less vehicles on the road. Extending this "off-peak" privilege to all
high-occupancy vehicles would further that goal.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 Session - new legislation S. 7657 passed
Senate

EFFECTIVE DATE: 90 days after it shall become law

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

                                  2963

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 28, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT directing the department of transportation to keep certain  road-
  ways open

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

  Section 1. 1.  The department of transportation is directed  to  allow
any high-occupancy vehicle traveling northbound and southbound on Inter-
state  278  between the Goethals Bridge to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge,
known as the Staten Island Expressway,  to  utilize  the  high-occupancy
vehicle lane at all times, excepting periods of road work and repairs.
  2. As used in this section, "high-occupancy vehicle" is defined as any
automobile containing three or more people.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07998-01-3

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