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S04890 Summary:

Add §1205-b, Pub Auth L
Prohibits the operation of NYC transit authority subways or trains without at least one conductor on board; requires a conductor on any subway or train operated by such authority whenever the subway or train has more than two cars attached to the engine.
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S04890 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 28, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sens.  PARKER,  ADDABBO, SANDERS, SEPULVEDA, STAVISKY --
          read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
          the Committee on Transportation
        AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requiring the
          New  York  city  transit  authority  to have at least one conductor on

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1.  The legislature finds and declares that, the New York city
     2  transit  authority,  through  its  operation of the New York city subway
     3  system, the largest public transit system in  the  world,  provides  the
     4  primary  means  of commuting for many millions of New York residents and
     5  visitors every day of the week. With an estimated average of over 10,000
     6  passengers loaded onto each train during rush  hours,  the  presence  of
     7  trained  New York city transit authority personnel, other than the engi-
     8  neer, on each train is necessary and should always be required to ensure
     9  improved safety for passengers during emergencies, which may occur while
    10  in subway tunnels or traveling over bridges.
    11    The legislature further finds and declares that the tragic  events  of
    12  September  11,  2001,  which launched the war of terror against America,
    13  has tremendously heightened the need to significantly increase  security
    14  and  safety  for  commuters  on  New  York city subway trains. Also, the
    15  recent conviction of Zarein Ahmedzay, who was caught  buying  explosives
    16  and  admitted  to  having  planned an attack on the New York city subway
    17  system makes it imperative that we recognize the role of conductors  and
    18  other  authority personnel assigned on passenger trains as first respon-
    19  ders, and the front line defense to potentially  save  lives  and  limit
    20  casualties in the event of a terrorist attack.
    21    §  2.  The  public  authorities law is amended by adding a new section
    22  1205-b to read as follows:

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

        S. 4890                             2
     1    § 1205-b. Conductor required. Any subway  or  train  operated  by  the
     2  authority for the purpose of transporting passengers shall have at least
     3  one  conductor  on  board.  For  the  purposes of this section, the term
     4  "conductor" shall mean the person other than  the  driver,  engineer  or
     5  motorman  primarily  charged  with  all  aspects of the operation of the
     6  railroad locomotive, subway or train, who shall assist in the  operation
     7  of the train and be primarily responsible for the opening and closing of
     8  the  doors  and other safety aspects of the train.  A conductor shall be
     9  required on any subway or train operated by the authority  whenever  the
    10  subway or train has more than two cars attached to the engine thereof.
    11    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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