senate Bill S776

Relates to requirements for metropolitan transportation authority hearings for proposed fare increases, major reductions of transportation and/or major service changes

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 12 / Feb / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.62
  • 27 / Feb / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 28 / Feb / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A31

Summary

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.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A31
Versions:
S776
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1263, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S7372, A1726A
2009-2010: A10303A, A10303A

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BILL NUMBER:S776

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
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
changes

PURPOSE:
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

JUSTIFICATION:
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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: Rules Committee/Passed Assembly (S.7372/A.1726A)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Ninetieth day after it shall have become law.

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

                                   776

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. FUSCHILLO -- 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 requirements
  for metropolitan transportation authority hearings for  proposed  fare
  increases,  major  reductions  of  transportation and/or major service
  changes

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

  Section  1.  Section  1263 of the public authorities law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 10 to read as follows:
  10. (A) THE AUTHORITY SHALL HOLD HEARINGS IN EACH COUNTY  AFFECTED  BY
PROPOSED FARE INCREASES, MAJOR REDUCTIONS OF TRANSPORTATION AND/OR MAJOR
SERVICE CHANGES.
  (B) THE HEARING REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDI-
VISION  SHALL  NOT  APPLY  TO  STANDARD SEASONAL OR HOLIDAY ADJUSTMENTS,
TEMPORARY CHANGES DUE TO ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AND/OR TEMPORARY CHANGES IN
RESPONSE TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.
  (C) THE AUTHORITY SHALL HOLD A HEARING IN EACH  COUNTY  OF  A  SERVICE
AREA  THAT  IS  AFFECTED  BY  THE PROPOSED CHANGE OR CHANGES IN FARES OR
SERVICES, PROVIDED THAT SUCH HEARINGS BE  LIMITED  TO  ONE  HEARING  PER
CALENDAR DAY.
  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.
                                                           LBD01455-01-3

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