Relates to allowing two automatic free transfers for riders using pay-per-ride Metrocards.
Ayes (57): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Krueger
Excused (3): Golden, Hassell-Thomps, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to allowing two automatic free transfers for riders using pay-per-ride Metrocards
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To ensure that riders of the MTA mass-transit system do not incur extra costs due to recent cuts in service.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the public authorities law by adding a new subdivision, 3-b, which requires two automatic free transfers be applied to each paid fare or rate and valid for two hours from the time the fare is purchased, between the buses that are owned and operated by the authority. This transfer policy may be amended from time to time.
Section 2 sets the effective date.
Currently, upon purchasing a pay-per-ride MetroCard, the rider is allowed one automatic free transfer per fare. Unfortunately, due to recent cutbacks in services and the outright elimination of various bus and subway lines, some riders now must purchase two fares to make their daily commute. Essentially the MTA has imposed new fares on riders who have enough trouble paying for one fare. The burden shouldn't be passed on to riders in these affected areas. This bill would ensure that no commuter or rider suffers due to cutbacks in service that already add time and stress to a commute.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12- A.4855- Referred to Ways and Means/S.3839- Referred to Transportation
None to the State.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2092--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 10, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Transportation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to allowing two automatic free transfers for riders using pay-per-ride Metrocards 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 3-b to read as follows: 3-B. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE AUTHORITY SHALL ESTABLISH A FARE TRANSFER POLICY THAT MAY BE AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME. SUCH POLICY SHALL PROVIDE ANY PERSON WHO PAYS A FARE OR RATE WITH AT LEAST TWO TRANSFERS AT NO COST BETWEEN ANY SUBWAY AND BUS, OR BETWEEN BUSES THAT ARE OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE AUTHORITY. SUCH TRANSFERS SHALL BE VALID FOR TWO HOURS FROM THE TIME SUCH FARE OR RATE IS COLLECTED BY THE AUTHORITY AT A TRANSIT FACILITY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01157-03-4