Legislation Would Require MTA to Give Customers Full Refunds on Unused One-Way and Round-Trip LIRR Tickets
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation he cosponsors to repeal the MTA’s refund fee on one-way and round-trip LIRR tickets.
“Charging riders a ticket refund fee that is often more expensive than the ticket itself is totally unreasonable. This legislation would put a stop to this unfair policy and require the MTA to do the right thing by its customers,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), along with Senator Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon) and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), called on the MTA to accelerate the proposed double track project, which would help create jobs, promote economic development, and improve LIRR service for thousands of commuters.
New York State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. has called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to "do everything possible to expedite" a proposed project to construct a second track on the Long Island Rail Road line between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma.
The project is "a critical component of the proposed Republic/Route 110 Corridor HUB project, which would help create additional jobs and economic development for Long Island," said Fuschillo (R-Merrick), chairman of the Senate transportation committee.
The MTA could jack up the fine for farebeating from $100 to $500 under legislation the state Senate passed Monday.
The bill — inspired by a Daily News article — would deter riders from jumping turnstiles or entering through emergency exit gates, Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-L.I.), who drafted the legislation, said.
"The MTA and its fare-paying riders shouldn't have to spend tens of millions of dollars more each year paying for other people’s illegal free rides," Fuschillo, chairman of the Senate's transportation committee, said.
Fare beaters might want to think about investing in a monthly MetroCard.
The state Senate yesterday voted to raise the maximum penalty for subway scofflaws to $500 a summons — five times the highest fine currently on the books. The legislation also raises fines on turnstile jumpers from $50 to $100.
“At a time when every dollar counts, the MTA needs stronger tools to discourage fare evasion,” said Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-LI), the Transportation Committee chairman and sponsor of the bill.
An Assembly version of the bill must pass and be signed by Gov. Cuomo before the higher fines become law.
A new law banning smoking on the platforms of Long Island Rail Road train stations took effect Sunday, bringing some harsh penalties along with it.
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R-Merrick, and signed into law in August by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, extends existing smoking bans on all indoor mass transportation areas to outdoor ticketing, boarding or platform areas of train stations operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Law Bans Smoking on MTA Train Platforms and Boarding Areas
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents that a new law he authored to help protect MTA passengers from harmful second hand smoke exposure takes effect Sunday.
The law prohibits smoking at all outdoor ticketing, boarding, and platform areas of train stations operated by the MTA or its subsidiaries, including the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North. The City of New York already enacted a similar law banning smoking on all subway platforms. The law builds upon the existing ban on smoking on indoor mass transportation areas. The law was authored by Senator Fuschillo and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe (D-Suffern) and signed by Governor Cuomo on August 15th.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated Merrick resident Robert Kroll on being appointed to the MTA Inspector General Management Advisory Board. Mr. Kroll was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos at the recommendation of Senator Fuschillo. Members of the MTA Inspector General Advisory Board assist and work with the MTA Inspector General’s Office in its mission to provide independent oversight of the MTA and its subsidiary agencies, including the Long Island Rail Road.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that he is introducing legislation to raise the fines for those who attempt to avoid paying fares on New York City subways. Fare evasion cost the MTA an estimated $31 million last year alone.