Requires any public authority that provides bus transportation in the county of Queens to perform a security audit on all of its bus routes.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to public authority accountability and security
PURPOSE OF BILL: This bill would require select public authorities, operating in the County of Queens, to provide increased public accountability and security.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Specifically, this bill would add a new section 2933 to the public authorities law to provide: Any public authority which provides surface bus transportation, or contracts for the provision of surface bus transportation, in the County of Queens, shall:
1. In cooperation with the police Department of the City of New York, perform a security audit of all its surface bus transportation routes within the County of Queens, and shall make a report with recommendations as to how it may provide for the increased safety and security of its riders, to both the Senate and Assembly Standing Committees on Corporations Authorities and Commissions, on or before March 15, 2014; and
2. Develop and implement a plan to increase routes and ridership of such surface bus transportation provided within the County of Queens by January 15, 2016.
JUSTIFICATION: There are few more pressing issues facing the citizens of New York today than the safety, affordability and availability of transportation. At this time of heightened public safety concerns, and with ever escalating gas prices, it is imperative that safe, convenient and affordable public transport be offered in the City of New York. The County of Queens has historically been under served with respect to these assets and needs to have them made available.
This bill would address this problem in two ways. First it would require a security audit be performed with respect to improving the public safety and security of surface bus transportation, and secondly, it would increase the routes and ridership of such transportation in the County of Queens. By so doing, this bill would promote the improved safety, quality, affordability and availability of public transportation in Queens, and provide for the increased accountability and security of the public authorities that operate the same.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None Noted.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3065--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 8, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions -- recommitted to the Committee on Corpo- rations, Authorities and Commissions 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 public authority accountability and security 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 2933 to read as follows: S 2933. PUBLIC AUTHORITY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SECURITY. ANY PUBLIC AUTHORITY WHICH PROVIDES SURFACE BUS TRANSPORTATION, OR CONTRACTS FOR THE PROVISION OF SURFACE BUS TRANSPORTATION, IN THE COUNTY OF QUEENS SHALL: 1. IN COOPERATION WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, PERFORM A SECURITY AUDIT OF ALL ITS SURFACE BUS TRANSPORTATION ROUTES WITHIN THE COUNTY OF QUEENS, AND SHALL MAKE A REPORT WITH RECOMMENDA- TIONS AS TO HOW IT MAY PROVIDE FOR THE INCREASED SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ITS RIDERS, TO BOTH THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEES ON CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS, ON OR BEFORE MARCH FIFTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN; AND 2. DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO INCREASE ROUTES AND RIDERSHIP OF SUCH SURFACE BUS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED WITHIN THE COUNTY OF QUEENS BY JANUARY FIFTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08022-03-1