2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     April 26, 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
          public  notice  and hearing prior to any planned substantial change in
          service of the Rochester-Genesee regional transportation authority
          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 1299-hhh to read as follows:
     3    § 1299-hhh. Public hearings and notice. 1.  For the purposes  of  this
     4  section,  the term substantial change in service shall be defined as any
     5  change in frequency of service  or  change  in  route,  or  complete  or
     6  partial closing of a passenger stop or route.
     7    2. (a) A public hearing or hearings shall be held at least thirty days
     8  prior  to  any  substantial change at one or more locations conveniently
     9  accessible to the persons who  would  be  affected  by  such  change  in
    10  service.
    11    (b)  At least thirty days prior to the public hearing or hearings, the
    12  authority shall give notice to the elected town board members or  equiv-
    13  alent  in  areas  affected  by  route changes and shall provide detailed
    14  information on the proposed service changes. In addition, the  authority
    15  shall display posters in a form not smaller than eleven inches by seven-
    16  teen inches on buses and at bus stops operating on the affected route at
    17  least  thirty days prior to the public hearing or hearings. Such posters
    18  shall describe the proposed service change in detail and  shall  provide
    19  the  date, time and location of the public hearing or hearings and shall
    20  state that the proposed service change shall be open to  discussion  and
    21  that members of the public shall have the right to speak at the hearing.
    22    (c) Public hearing notices shall also be placed at the Central Library
    23  of  Rochester and Monroe county, as well as in any public library in any
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  town or on any route affected by the change, and in  the  town  or  city
     2  hall of the areas affected by the change.
     3    (d)  All  notices  in  this  section shall be in addition to any other
     4  notices required by law.
     5    § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
     6  have become a law.