senate Bill S776
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Requires the MTA to hold hearings in each county affected by proposed fair increases, major reductions of transportation and/or major service changes; does not apply to standard seasonal or holiday adjustments, temporary changes due to routine maintenance and/or temporary changes in response to emergency situations; requires the authority to hold a hearing in each county of a service area that is affected by the proposed change(s) in fares or services, provided that such hearings be limited to one hearing per calendar day.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requirements for
metropolitan transportation authority hearings for proposed fare
increases, major reductions of transportation and/or major service
Requires the MTA to hold hearings regarding changes in
fares or service in each county and to limit the number of hearings
per day to one.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1263 of the public authorities law is
amended by adding a new subdivision 10
In the most recent round of public comment hearings
regarding fare increases and service cuts, the MTA held nine forums
simultaneously in different areas of the MTA region, inhibiting
commuters access to information and their ability to publicly comment
on the proposals in three of the MTA regions affected by these
increases and/or service cuts. Holding multiple hearings on a single
day also inhibits the members of the MT A board from attending
hearings in the regions they were appointed to represent.
This legislation would require the MTA to hold a public hearing in
each county affected by a proposed fare increase or major change in
service and limit the number of hearings to one per calendar day.
These changes will ensure that the public will have the ability to
comment on proposed changes to the cost of and level of service that
the MTA provides them. They will also ensure that board members
appointed to represent the public are able to assess the impact that
such proposals will have on their everyday lives.
2012: Rules Committee/Passed Assembly (S.7372/A.1726A)
Ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
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