Provides for the reimbursement of the ticket price of unused one-way and round trip tickets purchased for use on the Long Island Rail Road or the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company if returned within six months.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to one-way or round trip tickets purchased for use on the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To eliminate the cost of mandated surcharges for the cancellation of one-way or round trip Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company tickets within six months of their original purchase.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Creates Section 1266-j of the public authorities law; requiring the Metropolitan Transit Authority to extend the validity of one-way or round trip Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad tickets to six months from the date of purchase and to reimburse one hundred percent (100%) of the purchase price for unused one-way or round Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company tickets returned within six months of the date of purchase and prohibiting the assessment of any surcharge or processing fee for the returned ticket.
JUSTIFICATION: On December 30, 2010, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MIA) Board adopted a new refund policy for tickets purchased for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company. The recently instituted policy invalidates Unused One Nay and Round Trip tickets within two weeks of the purchase date. For a full refund, any unused tickets must be returned within 30 days of the purchase date. Prior to this policy's enactment, LIRR and Metro-North tickets had been valid for up to six months.
This legislation will prolong the use of tickets for a reasonable amount of time.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S. 3778D (2012) - Passed Senate S. 3778B (2011) - Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2088 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 10, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. MARTINS, FUSCHILLO -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transporta- tion AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to one-way or round trip tickets purchased for use on the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company 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 1266-j to read as follows: S 1266-J. LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAILROAD COMPANY; REIMBURSEMENT. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ANY ONE-WAY OR ROUND TRIP TICKET PURCHASED FOR USE ON THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD OR THE METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAILROAD COMPANY SHALL BE VALID FOR SIX MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE AND THE AUTHORITY SHALL REIMBURSE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE PURCHASE PRICE OF ANY UNUSED LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD OR METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAILROAD COMPANY ONE-WAY OR ROUND TRIP TICKET TO THE BEARER OF SUCH TICKET, PROVIDED THAT SUCH TICKET IS RETURNED WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE DATE OF PURCHASE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03238-01-3