Bill Text: NY A04492 | 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 corporations, authorities and commissions [A04492 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A04492-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 4, 2019
        Introduced by M. of A. ABINANTI -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
        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.

        A. 4492                             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.