senate Bill S1913

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes and directs the commissioner of transportation and the thruway authority to establish a mileage-based exit numbering system

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 18, 2013 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 12, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.1311
committee discharged and committed to rules
Mar 19, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 09, 2013 referred to transportation

Votes

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Jun 17, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S1913
21
1
committee
21
Aye
1
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 12, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S1913
21
1
committee
21
Aye
1
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Mar 19, 2013 - Transportation committee Vote

S1913
17
0
committee
17
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S1913 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6054
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Highway Law
Laws Affected:
Add §332, Hway L; add §389, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2466B, A8151A
2009-2010: S523A

S1913 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes and directs the commissioner of transportation and the New York state thruway authority to implement a mileage-based exit numbering system along interstate highways located within the state.

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BILL NUMBER:S1913

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law and the public authori-
ties law, in relation to establishing a mileage-based numbering system
for exits along interstate highways within the state

PURPOSE OF BILL: To change the exit numbers on inter states from a
chronological system to a mileage-based system.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 332 is added to the highway law to authorize the Commissioner of
the Department of Transportation to develop and implement a plan to
convert the exit numbers along interstate highways in New York to a
mileage-based system.

Section 389 is added to the public authorities law to authorize the
Thruway Authority, in consultation with the Department of Transporta-
tion, to develop and implement a plan to convert the exit numbers along
interstate highways in New York to a mileage-based system.

The plan will include the following provisions:

(a) As closely as practicable, follow the Federal Highway Administration
mileage-based exit numbering system.

(b) Follow the convention that the numbering shall start at the south-
ernmost or westernmost terminus of the interstate.

(c) Minimize cost by using existing roadside and overhead signs whenever
possible.

(d) For a period of two years the exit number of each exit prior to such
conversion shall be displayed at each such exit.

(e) The mileage-based exit numbering system shall be completed on or
before January 1, 2016.

JUSTIFICATION: Forty-three States currently use a mileage-based system
of exit numbering.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recognizes two systems for
numbering exits on the Dwight D Eisenhower Interstate and Defense High-
way system; chronological and mileage-based.

The FHWA endorses the use of the mileage-based system and has included
language in the proposed 2009 National MUTCD which would mandate the
mileage based system. The FHWA notes that it is easier for travelers to
navigate a system that is easy to follow and can make stressed drivers a
little more at ease. By numbering the exits to coincide with the mile-
age, travelers know how far they need to drive to arrive at their desti-

nation. Trip planning and stops become less of a problem for stressed or
tired drivers who can take comfort in knowing how far they have to trav-
el to rest at their destination.

Additionally, a mileage-based system of exit numbers makes numbering a
newly inserted exit less confusing.

Advantages of a mileage-based system are also seen in the efficiency it
provides emergency teams. The mileage-based exit numbers system is
recognized as a way to improve the navigation of emergency services and
results in the speedy, accurate location of victims.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2007: Referred to Transportation 2008: Passed
Senate 2010: Referred to Transportation 2012: Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  1913

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the highway law  and  the  public  authorities  law,  in
  relation  to  establishing  a mileage-based numbering system for exits
  along interstate highways within the state

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

  Section  1.  The highway law is amended by adding a new section 332 to
read as follows:
  S 332. MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERS; INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS. 1. THE COMMIS-
SIONER IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED, SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATIONS MADE
THEREFOR, TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO CONVERT EXIT NUMBERS  ALONG
INTERSTATE  HIGHWAYS  LOCATED  WITHIN THIS STATE TO A MILEAGE-BASED EXIT
NUMBERING SYSTEM.  SUCH SYSTEM SHALL:
  (A) FOLLOW, AS CLOSELY AS IS PRACTICABLE, THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINIS-
TRATION INTERCHANGE EXIT NUMBERING  SYSTEM  OF  MILEAGE-BASED  REFERENCE
POST NUMBERING;
  (B) FOLLOW THE CONVENTION THAT SUCH MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SHALL
BEGIN  AT  THE  SOUTHERNMOST  OR WESTERNMOST TERMINUS OF SUCH INTERSTATE
HIGHWAY; AND
  (C) MINIMIZE COST BY USING EXISTING ROADSIDE AND  OVERHEAD  SIGNS  AND
ADD-ON PLATES TO DISPLAY NEW EXIT NUMBERS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
  2.  FOR  A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE CONVER-
SION TO THE MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM MADE  PURSUANT  TO  THIS
SECTION,  THE  EXIT  NUMBER  OF EACH EXIT PRIOR TO SUCH CONVERSION SHALL
CONTINUE TO BE DISPLAYED AT EACH SUCH EXIT.
  3. THE MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM SET FORTH IN  THIS  SECTION
SHALL BE COMPLETED ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN.
  S 2. The public authorities law is amended by adding a new section 389
to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05271-01-3

S. 1913                             2

  S 389. MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERS; INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS. 1. THE AUTHOR-
ITY,  IN  CONSULTATION  WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, IS HEREBY
AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED, SUBJECT TO  APPROPRIATIONS  MADE  THEREFOR,  TO
DEVELOP  AND  IMPLEMENT  A PLAN TO CONVERT EXIT NUMBERS ALONG INTERSTATE
HIGHWAYS  LOCATED  WITHIN  THIS  STATE TO A MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING
SYSTEM.  SUCH SYSTEM SHALL:
  (A) FOLLOW, AS CLOSELY AS IS PRACTICABLE, THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINIS-
TRATION INTERCHANGE EXIT NUMBERING  SYSTEM  OF  MILEAGE-BASED  REFERENCE
POST NUMBERING;
  (B) FOLLOW THE CONVENTION THAT SUCH MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SHALL
BEGIN  AT  THE  SOUTHERNMOST  OR WESTERNMOST TERMINUS OF SUCH INTERSTATE
HIGHWAY; AND
  (C) MINIMIZE COST BY USING EXISTING ROADSIDE AND  OVERHEAD  SIGNS  AND
ADD-ON PLATES TO DISPLAY NEW EXIT NUMBERS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
  2.  FOR  A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE CONVER-
SION TO THE MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM MADE  PURSUANT  TO  THIS
SECTION,  THE  EXIT  NUMBER  OF EACH EXIT PRIOR TO SUCH CONVERSION SHALL
CONTINUE TO BE DISPLAYED AT EACH SUCH EXIT.
  3. THE MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM SET FORTH IN  THIS  SECTION
SHALL BE COMPLETED ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN.
  S  3.  The  commissioner of transportation and the chairman of the New
York state thruway authority  shall  work  in  cooperation  and  jointly
establish  uniform  standards  and  signage  for  the mileage-based exit
number required by the provisions of this act.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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