Requires the MTA to hold hearings in each county affected by proposed fair increases, major reductions of transportation and/or major service changes; does not apply to standard seasonal or holiday adjustments, temporary changes due to routine maintenance and/or temporary changes in response to emergency situations; requires the authority to hold a hearing in each county of a service area that is affected by the proposed change(s) in fares or services, provided that such hearings be limited to one hearing per calendar day.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requirements for metropolitan transportation authority hearings for proposed fare increases, major reductions of transportation and/or major service changes
PURPOSE: Requires the MTA to hold hearings regarding changes in fares or service in each county and to limit the number of hearings per day to one.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1263 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new subdivision 10
JUSTIFICATION: In the most recent round of public comment hearings regarding fare increases and service cuts, the MTA held nine forums simultaneously in different areas of the MTA region, inhibiting commuters access to information and their ability to publicly comment on the proposals in three of the MTA regions affected by these increases and/or service cuts. Holding multiple hearings on a single day also inhibits the members of the MT A board from attending hearings in the regions they were appointed to represent.
This legislation would require the MTA to hold a public hearing in each county affected by a proposed fare increase or major change in service and limit the number of hearings to one per calendar day. These changes will ensure that the public will have the ability to comment on proposed changes to the cost of and level of service that the MTA provides them. They will also ensure that board members appointed to represent the public are able to assess the impact that such proposals will have on their everyday lives.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: Rules Committee/Passed Assembly (S.7372/A.1726A)
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 776 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. FUSCHILLO -- 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 requirements for metropolitan transportation authority hearings for proposed fare increases, major reductions of transportation and/or major service changes THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1263 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new subdivision 10 to read as follows: 10. (A) THE AUTHORITY SHALL HOLD HEARINGS IN EACH COUNTY AFFECTED BY PROPOSED FARE INCREASES, MAJOR REDUCTIONS OF TRANSPORTATION AND/OR MAJOR SERVICE CHANGES. (B) THE HEARING REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDI- VISION SHALL NOT APPLY TO STANDARD SEASONAL OR HOLIDAY ADJUSTMENTS, TEMPORARY CHANGES DUE TO ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AND/OR TEMPORARY CHANGES IN RESPONSE TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. (C) THE AUTHORITY SHALL HOLD A HEARING IN EACH COUNTY OF A SERVICE AREA THAT IS AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED CHANGE OR CHANGES IN FARES OR SERVICES, PROVIDED THAT SUCH HEARINGS BE LIMITED TO ONE HEARING PER CALENDAR DAY. 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. LBD01455-01-3