Provides for the continuation of express bus service to the south shore of Staten Island.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to the provision of express bus service to the south shore of Staten Island
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide continued express bus Service to the downtown and midtown business districts of Manhattan.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Adds a new Section 1266-j, which directs the Metropolitan Transportation. Authority (MTA) to fund and operate existing express bus service routes servicing the South Shore of Staten Island within the city of New York to the downtown and midtown business districts of Manhattan.
JUSTIFICATION: According to U.S. Census data released in early March 2000, Richmond County (Staten Island) is ranked as the fastest growing county in New York State. The South Shore of Staten Island, specifically the communities of Tottenville, Richmond Valley, Prince's Bay, Pleasant Plains, Charleston, Woodrow and Rossville, is the only area of its size (in terms of population and geography) excluded from the MTA's full range of publicly provided surface transit services to and from Manhattan's downtown and midtown business districts.
The MTA operates 30 express bus routes in Staten Island, all north of Huguenot Avenue. Residents there can find and utilize an express bus route merely a couple of blocks from their residences. Yet, the MTA does not provide adequate service south of Huguenot Avenue in the South Shore area. Due to the lack of service, South Shore residents who currently opt for bus service must either take MTA local service to an MTA express stop and then transfer, or take private express bus or charter bus service through New Jersey. The MTA needs to establish express bus service throughout all of Staten Island to address the transportation inequities in the South Shore and grant its residents the same convenience afforded to the rest of the borough and New York City. In 2000 legislation was passed by the Senate and Assembly to add needed express bus service. This legislation was vetoed by the Governor because an agreement was made through the MTA to serve the residents of the South Shore with three express buses, two of which are operated by a private bus company.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.7156 - Referred to Transportation/A.10435- Referred to Corporations 2010: S.509 - Referred to Transportation/A.2615.- Referred to Corporations 2009: S.S09 - Referred to Transportation/A.2615- Referred to Corporations 2008: S.3038 - Referred to Transportation/A.2415- Referred to Corporations 2007: S.3038 - Referred to Transportation/A.2415- Referred to Corporations 2006: S.1842 - Referred to Transportation/A.3535- Referred to Corporations
2005: S.1842 - Referred to Transportation/A.3535- Referred to Corporations 2004: S.7542 - Referred to Transportation/A.11626- Referred to Corporations 2001: Veto 94
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2304 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 15, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- 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 the provision of express bus service to the south shore of Staten Island 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. STATEN ISLAND EXPRESS BUS SERVICE. THE AUTHORITY IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO CONTINUE TO FUND AND OPERATE EXPRESS BUS SERVICE TRANSPORT- ING RIDERS BETWEEN THE COMMUNITIES OF TOTTENVILLE, RICHMOND VALLEY, PRINCE'S BAY, PLEASANT PLAINS, CHARLESTON, WOODROW AND ROSSVILLE IN STATEN ISLAND TO THE DOWNTOWN AND/OR MIDTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICTS OF MANHATTAN ON ALL ROUTES OPERATING SUCH SERVICE ON APRIL THIRTIETH, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN. THE AUTHORITY IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO ASSUME AND OPER- ATE THE TWO EXPRESS BUS ROUTES SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF HUGUENOT, PRINCESS BAY, WOODROW, ROSSVILLE, ANNADALE AND ARDEN HEIGHTS TO THE MIDTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT OF MANHATTAN AND BEING OPERATED BY ATLANTIC EXPRESS BUS COMPANY ON APRIL THIRTIETH, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN AND BETTER KNOWN AS ROUTES NUMBERED X23 AND X24. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05595-01-3