Bill Text: NY S03205 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Directs the metropolitan transportation authority to provide safety briefings to passengers aboard Metro-North trains, and train personnel in safety procedures.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-04 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S03205 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S03205-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 4, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  COMRIE -- 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  requiring  a
          safety  briefing  of  Metro-North  commuter  railroad passengers to be
          conducted at certain times
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The  public  authorities  law  is amended by adding a new
     2  section 1279-e to read as follows:
     3    § 1279-e.  Safety  briefing  of  passengers  plan;  implementation  on
     4  Metro-North  commuter  railroad.  The authority is hereby authorized and
     5  directed to implement a safety briefing of  passengers  plan  not  later
     6  than  January first, two thousand twenty-one, for the benefit of persons
     7  utilizing transportation and other related services of  the  Metro-North
     8  commuter  railroad.  Such  program shall include, but not be limited to,
     9  provisions for the following:
    10    1. Before initial departure of each  train  carrying  passengers,  and
    11  periodically  thereafter, at the discretion of the authority at stations
    12  where the greatest number of passengers board the train, the  conductor,
    13  or  the  conductor's designee, shall immediately communicate live and/or
    14  by recorded, visual and/or audio images:
    15    (a) Evacuation procedures;
    16    (b) Location and means for opening the passenger entry doors and emer-
    17  gency exits;
    18    (c) Location of first aid and survival equipment;
    19    (d) Location and operation of fire extinguishers.
    20    In the event of a disaster or emergency, the conductor, or the conduc-
    21  tor's designee shall communicate the safety briefing message as often as
    22  necessary to ensure passenger safety.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 3205                             2
     1    2. The briefings required by subdivision one of this  section  may  be
     2  delivered  by  means  of  an  approved recording playback device that is
     3  audible to each passenger under normal noise levels.
     4    3. The training of conductors, trainmen and other designated employees
     5  in  emergency  techniques  and procedures, interoperable communications,
     6  handling and positioning of stricken commuters, and knowledge of  proce-
     7  dures and equipment used during evacuation procedures.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.