Directs the department of transportation to conduct a feasibility study on the expansion of high-occupancy vehicle lanes to connect interstate 278 to route 440 in Richmond county.
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TITLE OF BILL: An act directing the department of transportation to conduct a feasibility study on the expansion of high-occupancy vehicle lanes to connect interstate 278 to route 440 in Richmond county
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Authorizes a study to explore the feasibility of extending the high-occupancy vehicle lanes from interstate 278 to route 440 in Richmond County.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: NYS DOT will be authorized to study the feasibility of extending the HOV lanes south on route 440 in Richmond County. HOV eligible vehicles will need at least three occupants.
JUSTIFICATION: Staten Islanders in general, and South Shore residents in particular, suffer through one of the worst commutes in the nation. At a time when infrastructure investment is both critical and difficult to obtain, government must deliberately explore its options. Federal grant awards over the last decade have focused a great deal on Bus Rapid Transit Programs. BRTPs are characterized by limited-stop bus service supported by dedicated bus lanes and roads, HOV lanes, or Park and Ride centers. This will create an additional incentive for Staten Islanders who make up a disproportionate share of New York City's drivers to use the already existing MTA bus system. Having fewer cars on the road will not only help diminish congestion on Staten Island but relieve the heavy traffic burden that challenges all New Yorkers every day as they commute to Manhattan and other business centers in the Five Boroughs.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: none
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The cost to perform the study
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect ninety days after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5023 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 6, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT directing the department of transportation to conduct a feasibil- ity study on the expansion of high-occupancy vehicle lanes to connect interstate 278 to route 440 in Richmond county THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. 1. The department of transportation is directed to conduct a feasibility study on the expansion of high-occupancy vehicle lanes in Richmond county, New York. Such study shall examine the possibility of whether high-occupancy vehicle lanes running east to west on interstate 278 could be connected to high-occupancy vehicle lanes running north to south on route 440 in Richmond county. 2. As used in this section, "high-occupancy vehicle" is defined as any automobile containing three or more people. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10538-01-3