Bill S4232-2013

Directs the metropolitan transportation authority to establish and implement a no fare program for children attending public school in the city district of the city

Directs the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to establish and implement a no fare rate program for children attending public school in the city district of the city of New York.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Mar 15, 2013: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S4232

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to directing the metropolitan transportation authority to establish and implement a no fare program for children attending public school in the city district of the city of New York

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The general purpose is to insure that a no faze Program for the transportation of primary and secondary school-aged children attending school in the city of New York is established and implemented.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill amends section 1266 of the public authorities law by adding a new subdivision 19. The new subdivision requires the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to establish and implement a no fare program to provide free fare access to public transportation for primary and secondary school-aged children attending school in the city district of the City of New York. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day.

JUSTIFICATION: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority currently operates a student Metrocard program that provides free fare cards to more than a half-million New York City school children who use mass transit to travel to and from school everyday. In December 2009 the board of directors of the MTA decided to phase out this essential transportation program and, beginning in the fall of 2010, all school children to be required to pay at least half-fare when using public transportation as they travel to and from school.

The severity of the cutbacks approved by the MTA board go well beyond any justified reduction in service and the financial impact on the children and families throughout New York City if these service reductions go forward is clearly unreasonable. Those families with multiple school-aged children will be particularly hard hit by a half-fare cost that will reach $450 per student for a standard 180-day school year in the fall 2010 and, along with the severe financial hardship this will cause, the elimination of the free student Metrocard program could also have the effect of making school attendance virtually unaffordable for many families.

The MTA board of director's decision to eliminate student Mecrocards for school students constitutes a regressive policy that undermines a child's fundamental right of access to a quality education and will create an unacceptable financial hardship for hundreds of thousands of families throughout New York City.

This legislation would require the MTA to reverse its position by requiring the establishment and implementation of a student Metrocard program that provides free transportation to primary and secondary school-aged children attending school in New York City. By doing so, this bill protects this vital transit services that are needed by so many New York City school students and their families.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: A.10057 - Referred to Corporations, 2011-2012: A.492 - Referred to Corporations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after its enactment.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4232 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 15, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. PERKINS, MONTGOMERY, PARKER -- 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 directing the metropolitan transportation authority to establish and implement a no fare program for children attending public school in the city district of the city of New York 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 19 to read as follows: 19. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW OR THE TERMS OF ANY CONTRACT, THE AUTHORITY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY, THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND THE METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAIL- ROAD COMPANY, SHALL ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A NO FARE PROGRAM FOR TRANS- PORTATION ON NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY SYSTEMS, THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND THE METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAILROAD COMPANY FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOL IN THE CITY DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law, provided, however, that any rules and regu- lations necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date shall be promulgated on or before such date.

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