senate Bill S7068

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides that in a city of one million or more flashing purple lights may be affixed to and displayed on buses operated on a bus rapid transit route

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S7068 - Bill Details

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A6076C
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Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง375, V & T L

S7068 - Bill Texts

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Provides that in a city of one million or more flashing purple lights may be affixed to and displayed on buses operated on a bus rapid transit route.

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BILL NUMBER:S7068 REVISED MEMO 04/24/2014

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to providing that in a city of one million or more flashing
purple lights may be affixed to and displayed on buses operated on a
bus rapid transit route

PURPOSE:

To permit the use of flashing purple lights on Metropolitan
Transportation Authority (MTA) or New York City Transit Authority
(NYCTA) buses that are used on the Select Bus Service (SBS) Routes
with off-board fare collection.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends subdivision 41 of section 375 of the Vehicle and
Traffic Law to add a new subparagraph 1-a so that MTA and NYCTA buses
that are used on SBS Routes are permitted to use flashing purple
lights when running along Select Bus Service Routes.

JUSTIFICATION:

The Authorities' buses utilized on the SBS Routes had previously
utilized flashing blue lights to signal their approach to passengers.
However, under the current law, blue lights are only authorized for
use by volunteer firefighters and EMTs on their vehicles. Although
almost all of fire and EMT emergency services in New York City are
paid professional emergency responders, not volunteer, in the interest
of avoiding confusion with emergency vehicles, even relatively rare
volunteer vehicles, buses on SBS Routes should be authorized to use
flashing purple lights, which is a color not used by any emergency
vehicle under VTL section 375(41).

In addition, emergency vehicles are easy to distinguish from buses, so
the use of different colored lights is not an issue. Without the
flashing purple lights, passengers cannot easily tell when a SBS bus
is coming. This is critical for passengers boarding at stops that
serve both the SBS bus and the local bus, or are nearby. At such
stops, which are common to all SBS routes, Passengers have the option
of-purchasing their ticket from the sidewalk ticket vending machine,
which is needed to board an SBS bus, or using a MetroCard or exact
change to board a local bus. Passengers at these locations must be
able to distinguish well in advance which bus is approaching in order
to exercise one or the other option in time to board the arriving bus.

The flashing purple lights provide the necessary advance notice for
bus patrons. The absence of flashing purple lights on buses on SBS
Routes makes the commute for passengers less convenient and
unnecessarily stressful. This bill would allow the use of flashing
purple lights on buses that are on the SBS Routes that are owned and
operated by the MTA or NYCTA, thereby remedying the problem.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7068

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 23, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in  relation  to  providing
  that  in  a  city of one million or more flashing purple lights may be
  affixed to and displayed on buses operated  on  a  bus  rapid  transit
  route

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 41 of section 375 of the  vehicle  and  traffic
law is amended by adding a new paragraph 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A.  IN  A  CITY  WITH  A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, FLASHING
PURPLE LIGHTS MAY BE AFFIXED TO AND DISPLAYED ON BUSES OPERATED ON A BUS
RAPID TRANSIT ROUTE. SUCH FLASHING PURPLE LIGHTS MAY BE USED EXCLUSIVELY
BY A BUS DRIVER AUTHORIZED BY THE APPLICABLE MASS TRANSIT AGENCY ON  ANY
BUS RAPID TRANSIT ROUTE, PROVIDED THAT FLASHING PURPLE LIGHTS MAY NOT BE
UTILIZED ON ANY BUS OPERATING ON A BUS RAPID TRANSIT ROUTE WHERE THE BUS
FARE  IS  PAID  UPON  BOARDING. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, "BUS
RAPID TRANSIT ROUTE" SHALL INCLUDE ROUTES DESIGNATED AS SUCH BY THE  NEW
YORK  CITY  DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE APPLICABLE MASS TRANSIT
AGENCY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THOSE ROUTES SPECIFIED IN  SECTION
ELEVEN HUNDRED ELEVEN-C OF THIS CHAPTER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09767-09-4

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