Bill Text: NY S07779 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Relates to a state transportation plan; requires such plan include a minimum twenty-year forecast period at the time of adoption, assessing long-range needs spanning such period, including a forecast of highway pavement and bridge conditions; and requires the commissioner of transportation to submit a report to the governor, the temporary president of the senate, and the speaker of the assembly, beginning September first, two thousand twenty-one and semi-annually thereafter, a list of those capital projects in the department's capital program that have experienced major schedule changes or major cost changes in letting schedule or construction cost.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-02-19 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S07779 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S07779-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                          7779

                    IN SENATE

                                    February 19, 2020
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  Sen. SKOUFIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

        AN ACT to amend the transportation law, in relation to a state transpor-
          tation plan

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

     1    Section  1.  Section  15  of  the transportation law, subdivision 2 as
     2  amended by chapter 524 of the laws of 2005 and subdivision 3 as  amended
     3  by chapter 1064 of the laws of 1969, is amended to read as follows:
     4    § 15. Comprehensive  statewide  master plan for transportation. 1. The
     5  department shall formulate [and from time to time revise]  a  long-range
     6  comprehensive  statewide  master  plan  for the balanced development and
     7  coordination of adequate, safe and efficient commuter and general trans-
     8  portation facilities and services in the state at reasonable cost to the
     9  people, including, but not limited to,  state  highways[,]  and  bridges
    10  under  the  jurisdiction  of  the  commissioner,  bicycle and pedestrian
    11  facilities on such state highways and bridges,  rapid  transit,  freight
    12  and  passenger  railroad,  omnibus, marine and other mass transportation
    13  facilities and services, excluding  rapid  transit,  railroad,  omnibus,
    14  marine  and  other mass transportation facilities and services under the
    15  jurisdiction of either  the  metropolitan  transportation  authority  as
    16  defined  in section two hundred nineteen-c of this chapter or a bi-state
    17  public benefit corporation, and public use aviation and airport  facili-
    18  ties  and  services[,]  whether  publicly or privately owned, developed,
    19  operated or maintained, excluding airports operated by a bi-state public
    20  benefit corporation.   Such plan shall  include  a  minimum  twenty-year
    21  forecast  period  at the time of adoption, assess long-range needs span-
    22  ning such period, include a forecast of pavement and  bridge  conditions
    23  of  state highways and bridges under the jurisdiction of the commission-
    24  er, and take into consideration:
    25    a. the most recent twenty-year transportation  plan  adopted  by  each
    26  metropolitan  planning organization within the state pursuant to subpart
    27  C of part 450 of title 23 of the code of federal regulations; and

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03763-02-0

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     1    b. the most recent long-range statewide transportation plan and state-
     2  wide transportation improvement program developed by the state  pursuant
     3  to subpart B of part 450 of title 23 of the code of federal regulations.
     4    2.  The  department shall submit such plan to the governor, the tempo-
     5  rary president of the senate, the speaker of the  assembly  and  to  the
     6  department  of  state  on  or  before September first, [nineteen hundred
     7  sixty-eight, and thereafter shall submit appropriate revisions  of  such
     8  plan]  two  thousand  twenty-one. The department shall review and update
     9  such plan at least every five years to extend the forecast period to  at
    10  least twenty years, provided that the department may revise such plan at
    11  any  other  time  without extending such forecast period. The department
    12  shall submit all such revised and updated plans  to  the  governor,  the
    13  temporary  president  of  the senate, the speaker of the assembly and to
    14  the department of state [from time to] at the time [as]  such  revisions
    15  are  made.  The  department  of  state  shall  review such plan and such
    16  revisions and shall submit a report thereon, together with  such  recom-
    17  mendations  as  it  may deem appropriate, to the governor, the temporary
    18  president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly. Such  plan  and
    19  such  revisions  shall  become  effective  upon approval by the governor
    20  [and], shall serve thereafter as a guide  to  the  public  and  publicly
    21  assisted  development  of  transportation facilities and services in the
    22  state, and the  department shall maintain hard copies of the most recent
    23  version of such plan and revisions thereto on file as a public  document
    24  in  the  office  of  the commissioner and at each regional office of the
    25  department.
    26    3. In formulating such plan and any such revisions, the department:
    27    a. shall conduct [one or more] at least one public [hearings]  hearing
    28  in each department region;
    29    b.  may  consult  with and cooperate with (i) officials of departments
    30  and agencies of the state having duties and responsibilities  concerning
    31  transportation;
    32    (ii)  officials  and representatives of public corporations as defined
    33  in [article one, section  three  of  the  general  corporation]  section
    34  sixty-five of the general construction law;
    35    (iii)  officials  and  representatives  of  the federal government, of
    36  neighboring states and of  interstate  agencies  on  problems  affecting
    37  transportation in this state;
    38    (iv)  officials  and  representatives  of  carriers and transportation
    39  facilities and systems in the state; and
    40    (v) persons, organizations and groups utilizing, served by, interested
    41  in or concerned with transportation facilities and systems in the state;
    42    c. may request and  receive  from  any  department,  division,  board,
    43  bureau,  commission or other agency of the state or any political subdi-
    44  vision thereof or any public authority such assistance and data  as  may
    45  be  necessary to enable the department to carry out its responsibilities
    46  under this section; and
    47    d. may make use of and  incorporate  in  the  department's  plan,  any
    48  recognized long-range regional plan for transportation, survey or report
    49  developed by any public or private agency.
    50    4.  The  department  shall maintain on its public website the proposed
    51  and adopted long-range  comprehensive  statewide  master  plan  and  all
    52  proposed  and  adopted  revisions  thereto, and shall provide a means on
    53  such website for the public to submit comments thereon  to  the  depart-
    54  ment.
    55    §  2. Subdivision 13 of section 14 of the transportation law, as added
    56  by chapter 420 of the laws of 1968, is amended to read as follows:

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     1    13. To report from time to time to the governor  and  make  an  annual
     2  report  to  the  governor  and  the  legislature which shall include its
     3  recommendations. Additionally, the commissioner shall submit a report to
     4  the governor, the temporary president of the senate, and the speaker  of
     5  the  assembly,  beginning  September  first, two thousand twenty-one and
     6  semi annually thereafter, including a list of those capital projects  in
     7  the  department's  capital  program that have experienced major schedule
     8  changes or major cost changes in letting schedule or construction  cost,
     9  including  projects  that  were eliminated and projects that were added,
    10  since the adoption of the most recent state budget. For each project the
    11  report shall include the project identification number and  description,
    12  original  and  revised  letting dates, and a detailed explanation of why
    13  the changes occurred. For the purposes of  this  subdivision,  the  term
    14  "major  schedule  changes" is defined as a twelve-month or more delay in
    15  the letting date of a project, and the  term  "major  cost  changes"  is
    16  defined  as  one  of  the  following as applicable: a greater than fifty
    17  percent change for projects fifteen  million  dollars  or  less,  and  a
    18  greater  than  twenty-five  percent  change  for  projects  in excess of
    19  fifteen million dollars.
    20    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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