senate Bill S6130

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires public notice and hearing prior to any planned substantial change in service

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation

S6130 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A669
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง1299-hhh, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A6754, S4954
2009-2010: A2026, S5648

S6130 - Bill Texts

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Requires public notice and hearing prior to any planned substantial change in service; defines "substantial change in service" to mean any change in frequency of service or change in route or complete or partial closing of a passenger stop or route; outlines places where posters shall be placed.

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BILL NUMBER:S6130

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to requiring public notice and hearing prior to any planned
substantial change in service of the Rochester-Genesee regional
transportation authority

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow for public comment, and
adequate notice thereof, prior to the implementation of proposed
changes in service; and to encourage public input by passengers
affected in the specific areas by holding hearings and providing
notice in the areas where proposed service changes take place.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 defines substantial change
in service as any change in frequency of service or change in route,
or complete or partial closing of a passenger stop or route.

Section 1 part (a) requires that the RGRTA shall hold a public hearing
or hearings in the affected areas at least thirty days prior to
implementing any substantial change in service.

Section 1 part (b) requires a public hearing or hearings to be held at
least thirty days prior to a substantial change, and that the RGRTA is
required to give at least thirty days notice prior to the hearing to
elected officials or equivalent in areas affected with detailed
information of the proposed changes. The meeting shall also be held at
locations in areas affected by the changes. This part also requires
posters not smaller than eleven by seventeen inches to be displayed on
buses and at bus stops operating on the affected route at least thirty
days prior to the public hearing or hearings with date, location and
time, details of the changes in service, and information on the
public's right to speak at the hearing. Part (c) requires the public
hearing notices to be placed at the Central Library of Rochester and
Monroe County, as well as in any public library in any town or along
any route affected by the proposed change, as well as in any town or
city hall and any post offices located in the towns or zip codes
affected by the proposed change. Part (d) states that all notices in
this section shall be in addition to any other notices required by
law.

JUSTIFICATION: The RGRTA serves as the main method of transportation
for a significant number of Rochester area residents who have physical
disabilities. These passengers rely heavily on this service and should
be afforded an opportunity to discuss and appeal any significant
change in service.

Because the RGRTA provides a public service, the public has a right to
express their input on bus service changes that may affect them. In
order for the public to voice their opinion effectively, they must be
provided with detailed information on any substantial change and a
forum to express their concerns about such changes.

Current regulations require only minimal effort by authorities to
inform the public about changes in services and of their right to
speak at upcoming hearings. These current guidelines have proven to be
unacceptable for residents with disabilities and, therefore, need to
be corrected. This legislation provides new requirements that are


necessary in order to protect the public's voice in their
transportation options.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.6765 of 2007-2008 Passed Assembly/S.6843
Referred to Rules S.5648 of 2009-2010 Referred to Transportation
A.6754 of 2011-12 Passed Assembly/S.4954 Referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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

                                  6130

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. O'BRIEN -- 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  requiring
  public  notice  and hearing prior to any planned substantial change in
  service of the Rochester-Genesee regional transportation authority

  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 1299-hhh to read as follows:
  S 1299-HHH. PUBLIC HEARINGS AND NOTICE. 1.  FOR THE PURPOSES  OF  THIS
SECTION,  THE TERM SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE IN SERVICE SHALL BE DEFINED AS ANY
CHANGE IN FREQUENCY OF SERVICE  OR  CHANGE  IN  ROUTE,  OR  COMPLETE  OR
PARTIAL CLOSING OF A PASSENGER STOP OR ROUTE.
  2. (A) A PUBLIC HEARING OR HEARINGS SHALL BE HELD AT LEAST THIRTY DAYS
PRIOR  TO  ANY  SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE AT ONE OR MORE LOCATIONS CONVENIENTLY
ACCESSIBLE TO THE PERSONS WHO  WOULD  BE  AFFECTED  BY  SUCH  CHANGE  IN
SERVICE.
  (B)  AT LEAST THIRTY DAYS PRIOR TO THE PUBLIC HEARING OR HEARINGS, THE
AUTHORITY SHALL GIVE NOTICE TO THE ELECTED TOWN BOARD MEMBERS OR  EQUIV-
ALENT  IN  AREAS  AFFECTED  BY  ROUTE CHANGES AND SHALL PROVIDE DETAILED
INFORMATION ON THE PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGES. IN ADDITION, THE  AUTHORITY
SHALL DISPLAY POSTERS IN A FORM NOT SMALLER THAN ELEVEN INCHES BY SEVEN-
TEEN INCHES ON BUSES AND AT BUS STOPS OPERATING ON THE AFFECTED ROUTE AT
LEAST  THIRTY DAYS PRIOR TO THE PUBLIC HEARING OR HEARINGS. SUCH POSTERS
SHALL DESCRIBE THE PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGE IN DETAIL AND  SHALL  PROVIDE
THE  DATE, TIME AND LOCATION OF THE PUBLIC HEARING OR HEARINGS AND SHALL
STATE THAT THE PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGE SHALL BE OPEN TO  DISCUSSION  AND
THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK AT THE HEARING.
  (C) PUBLIC HEARING NOTICES SHALL ALSO BE PLACED AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY
OF  ROCHESTER AND MONROE COUNTY, AS WELL AS IN ANY PUBLIC LIBRARY IN ANY
TOWN OR ON ANY ROUTE AFFECTED BY THE CHANGE, AND IN  THE  TOWN  OR  CITY
HALL OF THE AREAS AFFECTED BY THE CHANGE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05481-01-3

S. 6130                             2

  (D)  ALL  NOTICES  IN  THIS  SECTION SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER
NOTICES REQUIRED BY LAW.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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