Relates to providing free fare on metropolitan transportation authority transit systems for senior citizens sixty-five years of age or older.
BILL NUMBER: S1089
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing free fare on the metropolitan transportation authority transit systems
To grant seniors citizens, sixty-five years of age or older, free access to transit systems operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section one amends subdivision 15-a of section 1266 of the Public Authority Law to require that the New York City transit authority, the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company establish a no fare program for transportation on New York city transit authority systems, the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company for senior citizens. Section one also describes the requirements for no fare eligibility. Those eligible for the no fare program must be senior citizens sixty-five years of age or older. Section two is the effective date.
Senior citizens have been valued and respected members of our communities for a number of years. During those years they have contributed immensely to this great state's workforce and economy with their labor and taxes, respectively. Senior citizens, more often than not, live on a fixed income. Furthermore, particularly in these times of economic hardships, more and more of their fixed income is spent on the increasing costs of food, housing, and medical treatment. In most cases, mass transit is their main source of transportation when going to hospitals for their routine medical treatment or grocery stores to purchase food. Subsequently, a no fare program with respect to mass transit would be a well earned, well deserved, and essential privilege for senior citizens.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2008 Referred to Rules (S.8574)
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : To de determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1089 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 26, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. PERKINS, ADAMS, DILAN, DUANE, HUNTLEY, C. JOHNSON, ONORATO, PARKER, THOMPSON -- 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 providing free fare on the metropolitan transportation authority transit systems 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 15-a to read as follows: 15-A. (A) 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 COMMU- TER RAILROAD COMPANY, SHALL ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A NO FARE PROGRAM FOR TRANSPORTATION ON NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY SYSTEMS, THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND THE METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAILROAD COMPANY FOR SENIOR CITIZENS. (B) IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SUCH NO FARE PROGRAM THE SENIOR CITI- ZEN MUST BE SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05469-01-9