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SECTION 1279-C
The office of legislative and community input
Public Authorities (PBA) CHAPTER 43-A, ARTICLE 5, TITLE 11
§ 1279-c. The office of legislative and community input. 1. The
chairperson of the authority shall establish the office of legislative
and community input for the purpose of communicating information to, and
receiving comments, concerns and recommendations from, members of the
legislature, and members of the permanent citizens advisory committee to
the authority, as defined in section twelve hundred sixty-six-i of this
chapter, on the following:

(a) the operations of the rapid transit, omnibus and commuter rail
line facilities of the authority including, but not limited to:

(i) the quality of service provided on any rapid transit, omnibus, and
commuter rail line or route;

(ii) the frequency of operating service on the authority's mass
transit facilities;

(iii) the maintenance and condition of the authority's mass transit
facilities including, but not limited to, rapid transit and commuter
rail stations, railcars, buses, rail lines, fare collection systems and
sound systems; and

(iv) proposed service changes, including any reductions or expansion
of services, as it relates to the authority's mass transit facilities;
and

(b) any proposed, submitted and/or approved capital program plan, its
components, elements and projects, and associated expenditures. Any such
comments, concerns and recommendations relating to the capital program
plan, its components, elements and projects, and associated expenditures
shall be taken into consideration in the development of the current and
each successive capital program plan and/or any amendment to such plan.

2. The office shall establish a process to ensure timely notification
of the receipt of, and response to, comments, concerns, and
recommendations by members of the legislature or members of the
permanent citizens advisory committee to the authority.

3. The chair and office shall prepare a report containing the
following information:

(a) a compilation of the comments, concerns, and recommendations
received by the office;

(b) how these comments, concerns or recommendations were or will be
addressed, such as the authority's response by the incorporation or
initiation of system and operational adjustments, improvements or
expansions if applicable; and

(c) how these comments, concerns or recommendations were or will be
addressed, such as the authority's response by changing or amending the
capital plan, as well as providing status updates on the progress of
such plan.

4. Such report shall on a biannual basis, commencing September first,
two thousand nine, be submitted to the governor, the temporary president
of the senate and the speaker of the assembly, be posted on the
authority's website and also be made readily available to the public.