Bill Text: NY S09253 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Relates to requiring the department of transportation to prepare a plan for every public transportation system to be eligible to receive operating assistance in the purchase of new zero-emission buses or vehicles.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2022-05-12 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S09253 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-S09253-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                          9253

                    IN SENATE

                                      May 12, 2022
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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  requiring  the
          department of transportation to prepare a plan for every public trans-
          portation system to be eligible to receive operating assistance in the
          purchase  of any new zero-emission buses or other municipal zero-emis-
          sion vehicles

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

     1    Section  1.  The transportation law is amended by adding a new section
     2  18-c to read as follows:
     3    § 18-c. Zero-emission municipal fleet plan. 1. (a) No later  than  one
     4  year  from  the  effective  date  of  this section, the department shall
     5  prepare, in consultation with the New York  state  energy  research  and
     6  development  authority  and  the  office of general services, a plan for
     7  every public transportation system to be eligible to  receive  operating
     8  assistance  in  the  purchase  of  any  new zero-emission buses or other
     9  municipal zero-emission vehicles and related equipment and facilities as
    10  part of the normal replacement of its fleet. The plan shall also identi-
    11  fy potential funding sources for the program.
    12    (b) For the purposes of this section:
    13    (i) "zero-emission bus" shall mean a zero-emission vehicle that has  a
    14  seating capacity of fifteen or more passengers in addition to the driver
    15  and is used for the transportation of persons; and
    16    (ii)  "zero-emission vehicle" shall mean a vehicle powered by means of
    17  a battery or fuel cell or a combination thereof, or  another  source  of
    18  power,  that  produces  zero  exhaust  emissions  of any greenhouse gas,
    19  criteria pollutant or precursor pollutant under  any  and  all  possible
    20  operational modes and conditions.
    21    2.  The  department's  plan  shall include all of the following compo-
    22  nents:
    23    (i) a goal of full transition to zero-emission buses by  two  thousand
    24  forty;

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD15814-01-2

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     1    (ii)  identification of potential types of zero-emission vehicle tech-
     2  nologies for deployment, such as battery electric or fuel cell  electric
     3  vehicles;
     4    (iii)  a  schedule  for  construction of facilities and infrastructure
     5  modifications or upgrades, including charging, fueling, and  maintenance
     6  facilities, to deploy and maintain zero-emission vehicles. This schedule
     7  shall specify the general location of each facility, type of infrastruc-
     8  ture,   service   capacity   of   infrastructure,  and  a  timeline  for
     9  construction;
    10    (iv) a schedule for zero-emission and conventional internal combustion
    11  engine bus purchases and lease options;
    12    (v) a schedule for  conversion  of  conventional  internal  combustion
    13  engine buses to zero-emission buses, if any;
    14    (vi)  a description on how a transit agency plans to deploy zero-emis-
    15  sion buses in disadvantaged communities;
    16    (vii) a training plan and schedule for  municipal  bus  operators  and
    17  maintenance  and  repair  staff  regarding  operation and maintenance of
    18  zero-emission buses and zero-emission vehicles; and
    19    (viii) the use of Regional Greenhouse  Gas  Initiative  (RGGI)  funds,
    20  implemented  in  the  state pursuant to 21 NYCRR part 507, and other tax
    21  credits as funding sources.
    22    3. Two years after the effective date of this  section,  and  annually
    23  thereafter,  the  department shall prepare, in consultation with the New
    24  York state energy research and development authority and the  office  of
    25  general  services,  shall conduct a report on the status and recommenda-
    26  tions of the department's plan. The report shall include a review of the
    27  department's plan, including the specific greenhouse gas or air  quality
    28  improvement  goals;  the  status of the plan with respect to meeting its
    29  goals and targets; a cost-benefit analysis of  the  plan;  and,  to  the
    30  extent  feasible,  a  comparison  of  the  department's  plan with other
    31  states' and countries' zero-emission vehicle  programs.  Based  on  this
    32  information,  the report shall also make recommendations on how to maxi-
    33  mize the effectiveness of existing programs to expand the use  of  zero-
    34  emission  buses  and  zero-emission  vehicles in the most cost-effective
    35  manner possible that achieves the greatest reduction in  greenhouse  gas
    36  emissions and maximizes improvements to air quality.
    37    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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