NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A9315A
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to zero-
emissions for trains
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This amendment to section 19-0306-b of the environmental conservation
law adds that all trains purchased by the state or any state authority
used for commuter rail service shall be zero-emissions by two thousand
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section One amends section 19-0306-b of the Environmental Conservation
Law relating to zero emissions cars and trucks, by expanding the state's
goal of purchasing zero emission cars and trucks, to also include trains
for commuter rail service.
Section Two sets the effective date.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION:
Updates the chapter number referenced in Section One.
Diesel-fueled trains add to noise pollution and environmental pollution
through carbon-emissions. Studies indicate that diesel fuel accounts for
17% of New York's greenhouse gas emissions by the transportation sector.
This legislation furthers the state's zero-emissions goals for the
transportation sector with the inclusion of trains.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK
February 23, 2022
Introduced by M. of A. STERN -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Environmental Conservation -- committee discharged, bill amended,
ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to zero-
emissions for trains
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The section heading and subdivision 1 of section 19-0306-b
2 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 109 of the
3 laws of 2022, are amended to read as follows:
4 Zero-emissions cars [and], trucks and trains.
5 1. It shall be a goal of the state that one hundred percent of new
6 passenger cars and trucks offered for sale or lease, or sold, or leased,
7 for registration in the state shall be zero-emissions by two thousand
8 thirty-five. It shall be a further goal of the state that one hundred
9 percent of trains purchased by the state or any public authority thereof
10 for commuter rail service as defined in paragraph a of subdivision one
11 of section ninety-seven-a of the railroad law, be zero-emissions by two
12 thousand thirty-five. It shall be a further goal of the state that one
13 hundred percent of medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles offered for sale
14 or lease, or sold, or leased, for registration in the state be zero-em-
15 issions by two thousand forty-five for all operations where feasible. It
16 shall be further a goal of the state to transition to one hundred
17 percent zero-emissions from new off-road vehicles and equipment
18 purchased beginning in two thousand thirty-five, where feasible.
19 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.