Directs the metropolitan commuter transportation authority, in consultation with Long Island railroad, Long Island bus service and Nassau county bus service, to establish and implement a reciprocity program or joint service arrangement to enable passengers to conveniently and efficiently traverse over the Queens county and Nassau county boundaries within a five mile radius of such boundaries; and directs such transportation services shall be accessible to disabled persons.
BILL NUMBER: S720
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to directing the metropolitan commuter transportation authority to implement a program or arrangement to enable passengers to conveniently and efficiently traverse over the Queens county and Nassau county boundaries
PURPOSE : Requires the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide adequate means for disabled individuals to cross the Queens County and Nassau County borders.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 amends the public authorities law Section 1266 to add a new subdivision 4-a dealing with the accessibility of transportation between counties.
Section 2 states that this act shall not affect any collective bargaining agreements currently in effect.
Section 3 creates an effective date.
JUSTIFICATION : This legislation will eliminate a problem for individuals who need to get across county borders and whose only means of transportation are buses provided by the Metropolitan Commuter Authority. It will allow for passengers to easily and effectively cross over the Queens County and Nassau County border within a 5 mile radius from such boundaries. Queens and Nassau Counties provide services that allow for convenient travel by disabled persons who are generally unable to utilize mass transportation. Persons who use this system of transportation include those who are disabled due to illness, injury, age, or other semi-permanent incapacity. Individuals are picked up at their residences and transported by this service. Currently, the systems fail individuals when they need to reach destinations for purposes such as medical treatment and the facility happens to be on the other side of the county's borderline. In such a case, an individual would be dropped off at the border of Queens County and then be required to cross over on their own or be picked up by the Nassau county bus.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007-08: S.3865: Referred to Transportation 2005-06: S.3575A: Passed both houses; Vetoed by the Governor; Veto Memo 221
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the program is put into effect on or before the one hundred eightieth day after this act becomes law and a report is completed containing the purpose and provisions of the act 30 days prior to its implementation.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 720 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 14, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. C. JOHNSON, DIAZ, DUANE, MONTGOMERY, ONORATO, PARK- ER, SAMPSON, STAVISKY -- 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 commuter transportation authority to implement a program or arrangement to enable passengers to conveniently and efficiently traverse over the Queens county and Nassau county boundaries 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 4-a to read as follows: 4-A. THE AUTHORITY, IN CONSULTATION WITH LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD, LONG ISLAND BUS SERVICE AND NASSAU COUNTY BUS SERVICE, SHALL ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A RECIPROCITY PROGRAM OR JOINT SERVICE ARRANGEMENT TO ENABLE PASSENGERS OF SUCH TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TO CONVENIENTLY AND EFFI- CIENTLY TRAVERSE OVER THE QUEENS COUNTY AND NASSAU COUNTY BOUNDARIES WITHIN A FIVE MILE RADIUS FROM SUCH BOUNDARIES AND ACCESS LOCATIONS WITHIN QUEENS COUNTY AND NASSAU COUNTY. SUCH TRANSPORTATION SERVICES SHALL BE ACCESSIBLE TO TRANSPORTATION DISABLED PERSONS. THE AUTHORITY, LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND LONG ISLAND BUS SERVICE SHALL ALSO HAVE THE POWER TO CONSIDER OTHER MATTERS NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT THE PROVISION OF THIS SUBDIVISION. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, "TRANSPORTATION DISABLED PERSONS" SHALL MEAN ANY INDIVIDUAL, INCLUDING INDIVIDUALS IN WHEELCHAIRS, WHO, BY REASON OF ILLNESS, INJURY, AGE OR OTHER SEMI-PERMANENT OR PERMANENT INCAPACITY OR DISABILITY, IS UNABLE TO UTILIZE MASS TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES WITHOUT SPECIAL FACILITIES, EQUIPMENT OR SPECIAL PLANNING OR DESIGN. S 2. Nothing in this act shall be construed to impede, infringe or diminish the integrity of collective bargaining agreements in existence and effect on the effective date of this act. Nothing in this act shallEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05836-01-9 S. 720 2
be construed to impede, infringe or diminish any contract provisions in existence and effect on the effective date of this act. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that the program or agreement authorized by this act shall be implemented on or before the one hundred eightieth day after this act shall have become a law and that a report by the metropolitan commuter transportation authority containing the provisions of such program or agreement shall be made to the governor, the senate majority and minority leaders, the speaker of the assembly and the assembly minority leader, and the chair- person of the senate and assembly transportation committees 30 days prior to implementing such program or agreement.