Bill Text: NY S04897 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Authorizes the New York city transit authority to contract with mass transit entities including the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company to provide a minimum twenty-five percent discount for college students.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-12 - PRINT NUMBER 4897A [S04897 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04897-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                     March 28, 2019

        Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation --  commit-
          tee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom-
          mitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to  providing  a
          reduced  fare  on  the  metropolitan  transportation authority transit

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Section  1266 of the public authorities law is amended by
     2  adding a new subdivision 19 to read as follows:
     3    19. (a) The authority, in cooperation with the New York  city  transit
     4  authority,  the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Commuter Rail-
     5  road Company, shall establish and implement a reduced fare  program  for
     6  transportation  on  New  York  city  transit authority systems, the Long
     7  Island Rail Road and  the  Metro-North  Commuter  Railroad  Company  for
     8  students  of  a  college  or vocational institution that is located in a
     9  city with a population of one million or  more  provided,  however,  the
    10  authority  shall  not  pay  any costs or expenses related to the reduced
    11  fare program from its operating or capital budgets and may  only  imple-
    12  ment the reduced fare program with funds appropriated to it by the state
    13  of New York for such purpose.
    14    (b)  For purposes of this section, the following words and terms shall
    15  have the following meanings unless the context shall indicate another or
    16  different meaning or intent:
    17    (i) "Student" shall mean a person who is  enrolled  at  a  college  or
    18  vocational institution;
    19    (ii)  "Reduced  fare"  shall  mean  a minimum of a twenty-five percent
    20  discount on the value of a single or monthly ride fare;
    21    (iii) "College" shall mean any institution of higher education, recog-
    22  nized and approved by the board of regents  of  the  university  of  the

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  state  of  New  York,  which  provides  a course of study leading to the
     2  granting of a post-secondary degree or diploma; and
     3    (iv)  "Vocational Institution" shall mean a business, trade, technical
     4  or other occupational school approved as such by the board of regents of
     5  the university of the state of New York or accredited  by  a  nationally
     6  recognized  accrediting  agency  or  association accepted as such by the
     7  regents of the state of New York.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.