Directs the department of transportation to keep open the high occupancy vehicle lane on certain areas of I-278 for twenty-four hour periods.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Espaillat, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL: An act directing the department of transportation to keep certain roadways open
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to improve the flow of traffic by dispersing more cars among more lanes, while preserving the principal objective of the high-occupancy vehicle lane.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Subsection 1 directs the Department of Transportation to allow all high-occupancy vehicles to use the "high-occupancy vehicle" lanes of the specified portion of Interstate 278 at all times, while reserving for the Department of Transportation the right to close such lanes for purposes for maintenance and repairs.
Subsection 2 defines "high-occupancy vehicle" as any automobile containing three or more people.
JUSTIFICATION: Interstate 278 (I-278) is one of the most heavily traveled roadways in all of New York State, running through each of New York City's five boroughs. New York's southernmost portion of I-278, known as the Staten Island Expressway, suffers from significant traffic m1d bottlenecks as motorists make their way between New Jersey, Manhattan, and Long Island. To accommodate this, "high-occupancy vehicle" (HOV) lanes were established to provide an incentive for car-pooling and public transportation, resulting in less vehicles on the road, shortened travel time, and a less chaotic flow of traffic.
The HOV lanes on the Staten Island Expressway are currently open to high-occupancy vehicles (3 or more individuals) and buses from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for traffic heading toward the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for traffic heading toward the Goethals Bridge. During all other hours, the lanes may be used only by buses. This legislation would permit the use of these lanes by any automobile containing three or more people during all other hours as well.
Making use of HOV lanes during off-peak hours has proven effective in other parts of New York State. A similar policy has been implemented in Nassau County on a portion of the Long Island Expressway (LIE) between Exits 32 and 40. HOV lanes along ten miles of the roadway between the Towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay are open for use during off-peak hours, providing relief for notorious LIE traffic.
The essential function of the HOV lane is to provide an incentive for people to car-pool or make use of public transportation, resulting in
less vehicles on the road. Extending this "off-peak" privilege to all high-occupancy vehicles would further that goal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after becoming law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7657 IN SENATE June 12, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sens. SAVINO, LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT directing the department of transportation to keep certain road- ways open 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 allow any high-occupancy vehicle traveling northbound and southbound on Inter- state 278 between the Goethals Bridge to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, known as the Staten Island Expressway, to utilize the high-occupancy vehicle lane at all times, excepting periods of road work and repairs. 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. LBD16149-04-2