senate Bill S7657

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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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Jun 20, 2012 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1398
Jun 12, 2012 referred to rules

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S7657 - Bill Details

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A10680
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Transportation

S7657 - Bill Texts

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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 NUMBER:S7657

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 Transportation 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
containing three or more people.

JUSTIFICATION:
Interstate 278 (I-278) is one of the most heavily traveled 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 m1d
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 Verrazano-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 State. A 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.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after becoming law.

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

                                  7657

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 12, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. SAVINO, LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

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.
                                                           LBD16149-04-2

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