2 new bills in Albany legislature
June 19, 2011, 11:57 pm
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Transit Lock Box ensures funds for the MTA against parties that would divert funds and make higher rates and worse service.  Complete Streets requires pedestrian and bicycle accommodation in the development of streets.  Two great New York laws.

Transit Lock Box (S.4257C/Golden; same as A.6766C/Brennan)
This bill would prohibit the diversion of dedicated tax funds intended for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, into the state general fund without special legislation. The provision also implements a reporting mechanism that would detail the impacts of such a diversion on safety, maintenance, capital projects, fares and service. This bill was created in reaction to $260 million in “sweeps” that have taken place over the past two years which have triggered fare increases and service reductions and placed vital maintenance at risk.

Complete Streets (S.5411/Fuschillo; no A version)
This bill would require bicycle and pedestrian accommodations be included in the planning and development of state, county, and local transportation facilities, plans, and programs. This bill has significant support from AARP and transportation and planning groups as safe and accessible roadways and sidewalks are of growing importance as the population ages and modes of transportation diversify. After narrowly failing to win support last year, this bill is poised for serious consideration.

By Neysa C. Pranger, Director, Public Affairs, Regional Plan Association


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