Requires cameras at all offices operating the paratransit transportation program in NYC.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the transportation law, in relation to the New York city paratransit transportation program
PURPOSE: This bill would therefore require offices of New York City paratransit programs such as Access-a-Ride be capable of taking ID photos at their offices. This is specifically targeted at the Access-a-Ride program, where applicants are required to submit an application with a passport sized photograph for the AAR ID card and appear in person for a medical evaluation. The requirement to bring a printed photograph is a burden for the elderly and or disabled applicants and should no longer be needed given the ubiquity of digital photography.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends subdivision 5 of section 15-b of the transportation law by adding a new paragraph c which directs the agency designated by the mayor of the city of New York to promulgate rules and regulations requiring each paratransit program offices to have a camera for taking photos.
Section two states that this act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.
JUSTIFICATION: The American with Disabilities Act ("ADA") requires that all public transportation agencies in the United States provide paratransit services to people with physical or mental disabilities, who cannot use public bus or train service. MTA New York City Transit provides paratransit service to New Yorkers with disabilities through the Access-a-Ride program. Access-a-Ride serves approximately 150,000 registrants and makes about 27,000 trips per week. In order to determine eligibility for Access-a-Ride, MTA New York City Transit requires applicants to have a face-to-face interview at an Access-a-Ride approved assessment center. Access-a-Ride applicants are required to bring a passport sized photograph with their completed application, when attending an evaluation. If an applicant does not bring a photograph to the evaluation center, the application will not be accepted. Many Access-a-Ride applicants suffer from physical or mental disabilities that make traveling to multiple locations in one day very difficult. Some New York State agencies, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, have the capability to photograph applicants at their locations. It would be very convenient for seniors and persons with disabilities to simply be able to fill out an application at home and travel directly to an Access-a-Ride evaluation center, without having to further travel to have their photograph taken. This bill will require whichever agency is designated to operate paratransit offices to install and operate photo cameras in each office as a service for their clientele, including seniors and persons with disabilities, who may otherwise face a substantial burden
by having to travel to one location to obtain the required photograph and to another to submit the completed application.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Negligible.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a low. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6325 IN SENATE January 26, 2012 ___________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 transportation law, in relation to the New York city paratransit transportation program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 15-b of the transportation law is amended by adding a new paragraph c to read as follows: C. THE AGENCY DESIGNATED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH B OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGU- LATIONS REQUIRING EACH OFFICE OPERATING SUCH PARATRANSIT TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM TO INSTALL AND OPERATE PHOTO CAMERAS IN EACH PARATRANSIT OFFICE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PHOTOGRAPHING APPLICANTS ATTENDING THE REQUIRED EVAL- UATION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen- tation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13859-01-1