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Bill S2109-2013

Creates requirement for MTA to refund monies on all expired pay-per-ride MetroCards

Requires the metropolitan transportation authority to create an expired fare transfer policy.

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BILL NUMBER:S2109

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the metropolitan transportation authority to transfer any remaining money on an expired pay-per-ride MetroCard to a new MetroCard, and enacting certain other technical provisions

PURPOSE: To ensure that riders of the MTA mass-transit system do not forfeit pre-paid funds due to administrative decisions relating to the expiration of said funds after a certain time period.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends section 1261 of the public authorities law by adding a new subdivision, 11-a, which defines the meaning of "MetroCard" for the purpose of Title 11.

Section 2 amends the public authorities law by adding a new section, 1266-j, that would require the MTA to transfer the balance of an expired MetroCard to a new MetroCard regardless of the amount of time that has elapsed since the initial expiration date of the card.

Section 3 amends the administrative code of the city of New York by adding a new section, 20-706-a, that would require the MTA to transfer the balance of an expired MetroCard to a new MetroCard regardless of the amount of time that has elapsed since the initial expiration date of the card.

Section 4 sets the effective date.

EXISTING LAW: Currently, the MTA is empowered to establish the terms and conditions for the use of a MetroCard, including the right to receive a refund upon its expiration and the right to receive a free transfer upon its use.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently upon purchasing a pay-per-ride MetroCard, the rider is given an expiration date that typically ranges anywhere from six months to two years time in which they can use the card until the balance they have pre-paid is spent. When the expiration date is reached the rider then has two years within which they can transfer the remaining balance of the expired card to a new MetroCard. The MTA has decided administratively that after two years has passed, any unclaimed balance will no longer be'refunded. Essentially the MTA is taking money that the rider has paid and either forgotten about or misplaced for a time, or could have been visiting an area the MTA services and didn't return for some time only to find out that their balance has been forfeited. This bill would ensure that no rider forfeits his or her money to the MTA regardless of the amount of time that has passed since the initial MetroCard expires.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 01/04/12 - referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2109 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 AN ACT to amend the public authorities law and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the metropolitan transportation authority to transfer any remaining money on an expired pay-per-ride MetroCard to a new MetroCard, and enacting certain other technical provisions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1261 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new subdivision 11-a to read as follows: 11-A. "METROCARD" SHALL MEAN ANY CARD WHETHER PAY-PER-RIDE OR UNLIMIT- ED RIDE, SOLD FOR TRAVEL ON THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY SYSTEM; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT BUSES, INCLUDING ROUTES OPERATED BY OTHER OPERATORS UNDER CONTRACT TO THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (MTA); MTA BUS, AND MTA LONG ISLAND BUS SYSTEMS; THE PATH SUBWAY SYSTEM; THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND TRAM; AIRTRAIN JFK; AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY BEE-LINE BUS SYSTEM ON WHICH THE CUSTOMER ELECTRONICALLY LOADS FARES WHETHER THE CARD IS SOLD BY THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, ANY OF SUCH AUTHORITIES' AUTHORIZED AGENTS, NEIGHBORHOOD MERCHANTS, OR PURCHASED THROUGH ANY EMPLOYER TRANSIT PROGRAMS. S 2. The public authorities law is amended by adding a new section 1266-j to read as follows: S 1266-J. EXPIRED PAY-PER-RIDE METROCARDS WITH UNUSED BALANCES. THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (MTA) SHALL BE REQUIRED TO TRANS- FER ANY REMAINING MONEY ON AN EXPIRED PAY-PER-RIDE METROCARD TO A NEW PAY-PER-RIDE METROCARD AS DEFINED UNDER SECTION TWELVE HUNDRED SIXTY-ONE OF THIS TITLE AT THE CUSTOMER'S REQUEST REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT HAS LAPSED SINCE THE INITIAL EXPIRATION DATE OF THE CARD. S 3. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 20-706.1 to read as follows:
S 20-706.1 EXPIRED PAY-PER-RIDE METROCARDS WITH UNUSED BALANCES. THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (MTA) SHALL BE REQUIRED TO TRANS- FER ANY REMAINING MONEY ON AN EXPIRED PAY-PER-RIDE METROCARD TO A NEW CARD AT THE CUSTOMER'S REQUEST REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT HAS LAPSED SINCE THE INITIAL EXPIRATION DATE OF THE CARD. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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