senate Bill S4232

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the metropolitan transportation authority to establish and implement a no fare program for children attending public school in the city district of the city

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S4232 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1266, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A492
2009-2010: A10057

S4232 - Bill Texts

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Directs the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to establish and implement a no fare rate program for children attending public school in the city district of the city of New York.

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BILL NUMBER:S4232

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to directing the metropolitan transportation authority to
establish and implement a no fare program for children attending
public school in the city district of the city of New York

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The general purpose is to insure that
a no faze Program for the transportation of primary and secondary
school-aged children attending school in the city of New York is
established and implemented.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill amends section
1266 of the public authorities law by adding a new subdivision 19.
The new subdivision requires the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
to establish and implement a no fare program to provide free fare
access to public transportation for primary and secondary school-aged
children attending school in the city district of the City of New
York. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day.

JUSTIFICATION: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority currently
operates a student Metrocard program that provides free fare cards to
more than a half-million New York City school children who use mass
transit to travel to and from school everyday. In December 2009 the
board of directors of the MTA decided to phase out this essential
transportation program and, beginning in the fall of 2010, all school
children to be required to pay at least half-fare when using public
transportation as they travel to and from school.

The severity of the cutbacks approved by the MTA board go well beyond
any justified reduction in service and the financial impact on the
children and families throughout New York City if these service
reductions go forward is clearly unreasonable. Those families with
multiple school-aged children will be particularly hard hit by a
half-fare cost that will reach $450 per student for a standard 180-day
school year in the fall 2010 and, along with the severe financial
hardship this will cause, the elimination of the free student
Metrocard program could also have the effect of making school
attendance virtually unaffordable for many families.

The MTA board of director's decision to eliminate student Mecrocards
for school students constitutes a regressive policy that undermines a
child's fundamental right of access to a quality education and will
create an unacceptable financial hardship for hundreds of thousands of
families throughout New York City.

This legislation would require the MTA to reverse its position by
requiring the establishment and implementation of a student Metrocard
program that provides free transportation to primary and secondary
school-aged children attending school in New York City. By doing so,
this bill protects this vital transit services that are needed by so
many New York City school students and their families.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: A.10057 - Referred to Corporations,
2011-2012: A.492 - Referred to Corporations


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred
twentieth day after its enactment.

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

                                  4232

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PERKINS,  MONTGOMERY,  PARKER  --  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 directing the
  metropolitan  transportation authority to establish and implement a no
  fare program for children attending public school in the city district
  of the city of New York

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

  Section  1.  Section  1266 of the public authorities law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 19 to read as follows:
  19. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW OR THE  TERMS  OF  ANY
CONTRACT,  THE AUTHORITY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT
AUTHORITY, THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND THE METRO-NORTH COMMUTER  RAIL-
ROAD COMPANY, SHALL ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A NO FARE PROGRAM FOR TRANS-
PORTATION  ON  NEW  YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY SYSTEMS, THE LONG ISLAND
RAIL ROAD AND THE METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAILROAD COMPANY FOR PRIMARY  AND
SECONDARY  SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOL IN THE CITY DISTRICT OF
THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law, provided, however, that any rules and  regu-
lations  necessary  for  the  timely  implementation  of this act on its
effective date shall be promulgated on or before such date.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02066-01-3

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