senate Bill S2109A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires the metropolitan transportation authority to create an expired fare transfer policy

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Jun 03, 2014 print number 2109a
amend (t) and recommit to transportation
Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
Jan 10, 2013 referred to transportation

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S2109 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A434A
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1266-j, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S3840, A4775

S2109 - Bill Texts

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Requires the metropolitan transportation authority to create an expired fare transfer policy.

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BILL NUMBER:S2109

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law and the
administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring
the metropolitan transportation authority to transfer any remaining
money on an expired pay-per-ride MetroCard to a new MetroCard, and
enacting certain other technical provisions

PURPOSE: To ensure that riders of the MTA mass-transit system do not
forfeit pre-paid funds due to administrative decisions relating to the
expiration of said funds after a certain time period.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends section 1261 of the public authorities law by adding
a new subdivision, 11-a, which defines the meaning of "MetroCard" for
the purpose of Title 11.

Section 2 amends the public authorities law by adding a new section,
1266-j, that would require the MTA to transfer the balance of an
expired MetroCard to a new MetroCard regardless of the amount of time
that has elapsed since the initial expiration date of the card.

Section 3 amends the administrative code of the city of New York by
adding a new section, 20-706-a, that would require the MTA to transfer
the balance of an expired MetroCard to a new MetroCard regardless of
the amount of time that has elapsed since the initial expiration date
of the card.

Section 4 sets the effective date.

EXISTING LAW: Currently, the MTA is empowered to establish the terms
and conditions for the use of a MetroCard, including the right to
receive a refund upon its expiration and the right to receive a free
transfer upon its use.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently upon purchasing a pay-per-ride MetroCard,
the rider is given an expiration date that typically ranges anywhere
from six months to two years time in which they can use the card until
the balance they have pre-paid is spent. When the expiration date is
reached the rider then has two years within which they can transfer
the remaining balance of the expired card to a new MetroCard. The MTA
has decided administratively that after two years has passed, any
unclaimed balance will no longer be'refunded. Essentially the MTA is
taking money that the rider has paid and either forgotten about or
misplaced for a time, or could have been visiting an area the MTA
services and didn't return for some time only to find out that their
balance has been forfeited. This bill would ensure that no rider
forfeits his or her money to the MTA regardless of the amount of time
that has passed since the initial MetroCard expires.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 01/04/12 - referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:


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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2109

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law and the  administrative  code
  of  the  city  of  New York, in relation to requiring the metropolitan
  transportation authority to transfer any remaining money on an expired
  pay-per-ride MetroCard to a new MetroCard, and enacting certain  other
  technical provisions

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

  Section 1. Section 1261 of the public authorities law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 11-a to read as follows:
  11-A. "METROCARD" SHALL MEAN ANY CARD WHETHER PAY-PER-RIDE OR UNLIMIT-
ED  RIDE,  SOLD  FOR TRAVEL ON THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY SYSTEM; NEW YORK
CITY TRANSIT BUSES, INCLUDING ROUTES OPERATED BY OTHER  OPERATORS  UNDER
CONTRACT  TO  THE  METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (MTA); MTA BUS,
AND MTA LONG ISLAND BUS SYSTEMS; THE PATH SUBWAY SYSTEM;  THE  ROOSEVELT
ISLAND TRAM; AIRTRAIN JFK; AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY BEE-LINE BUS SYSTEM ON
WHICH  THE  CUSTOMER ELECTRONICALLY LOADS FARES WHETHER THE CARD IS SOLD
BY THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, ANY OF  SUCH  AUTHORITIES'
AUTHORIZED  AGENTS,  NEIGHBORHOOD  MERCHANTS,  OR  PURCHASED THROUGH ANY
EMPLOYER TRANSIT PROGRAMS.
  S 2. The public authorities law is amended by  adding  a  new  section
1266-j to read as follows:
  S  1266-J.  EXPIRED PAY-PER-RIDE METROCARDS WITH UNUSED BALANCES.  THE
METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (MTA) SHALL BE REQUIRED TO  TRANS-
FER  ANY  REMAINING  MONEY ON AN EXPIRED PAY-PER-RIDE METROCARD TO A NEW
PAY-PER-RIDE METROCARD AS DEFINED UNDER SECTION TWELVE HUNDRED SIXTY-ONE
OF THIS TITLE AT THE CUSTOMER'S REQUEST REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT OF TIME
THAT HAS LAPSED SINCE THE INITIAL EXPIRATION DATE OF THE CARD.
  S 3. The administrative code of the city of New  York  is  amended  by
adding a new section 20-706.1 to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01159-01-3

S. 2109                             2

  S  20-706.1 EXPIRED PAY-PER-RIDE METROCARDS WITH UNUSED BALANCES.  THE
METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (MTA) SHALL BE REQUIRED TO  TRANS-
FER  ANY  REMAINING  MONEY ON AN EXPIRED PAY-PER-RIDE METROCARD TO A NEW
CARD AT THE CUSTOMER'S REQUEST REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT HAS
LAPSED SINCE THE INITIAL EXPIRATION DATE OF THE CARD.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

S2109A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A434A
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1266-j, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S3840, A4775

S2109A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Requires the metropolitan transportation authority to create an expired fare transfer policy.

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BILL NUMBER:S2109A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to requiring the metropolitan transportation authority to
establish an expired fare transfer policy; and providing for the
repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To ensure that riders of the MTA
mass-transit system do not forfeit pre-paid funds due to
administrative decisions relating to the expiration of said funds
after a certain time period.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the public authorities' law by adding a new § 1266-j,
which would require the authority to establish an expired fare
transfer policy that may be amended from time to time. Such policy
shall provide any person who purchases a fare the ability to transfer
any remaining balance for two years after such fare is deemed expired.

§ 2 Provides that the law take immediate effect, and shall be deemed
expired and repealed on July 1, 2019

JUSTIFICATION: Currently upon purchasing a pay-per-ride MetroCard the
rider is given an expiration date that typically dates to a year after
the rider purchases the card, during which they can use the card until
the balance they have pre-paid is spent. When the expiration date is
reached the rider then has one more year within which they can
transfer the remaining balance of the expired card to a new MetroCard
The MTA has decided administratively that after two years from the
date of purchase of a MetroCard has passed, any unclaimed balance will
no longer be refunded. Essentially the MTA is taking money that the
rider has paid and either forgotten about or misplaced for a time, or
could have been visiting an area the MTA services and didn't return
for some time only to find out that their balance has been forfeited.
This bill would ensure that every rider is guaranteed two years,
beginning after the date of expiration, in which they can transfer
their remaining balances onto a new MetroCard.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12- A.4775- Referred to Corporations,
Authorities and Commissions/ S.3840- Referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, and shall be
deemed expired and repealed on July 1, 2019

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

                                 2109--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation  --  recom-
  mitted  to  the  Committee on Transportation in accordance with Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requiring the
  metropolitan  transportation  authority  to  establish an expired fare
  transfer policy; and providing for the repeal of such provisions  upon
  expiration thereof

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

  Section 1.  The public authorities law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 1266-j to read as follows:
  S  1266-J.  EXPIRED  FARE TRANSFER POLICY.   NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
PROVISION OF LAW, THE AUTHORITY SHALL ESTABLISH AN EXPIRED FARE TRANSFER
POLICY THAT MAY BE AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME.  SUCH POLICY SHALL PROVIDE
ANY PERSON WHO PURCHASES A FARE THE ABILITY TO  TRANSFER  ANY  REMAINING
BALANCE FOR TWO YEARS AFTER SUCH FARE IS DEEMED EXPIRED.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed on July 1, 2019.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01159-03-4

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