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File #: Int 1344-2019    Version: * Name: Requiring the DOT to study safety measures for outdoor train platforms.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 1/24/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law in relation to requiring the department of transportation to study safety measures for outdoor train platforms
Sponsors: Joseph C. Borelli, Peter A. Koo, Diana Ayala , Kalman Yeger , Robert F. Holden, Margaret S. Chin, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Karen Koslowitz, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 9
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Transportation to study and report on preventative safety measures for trains that travel above ground, including the subway, Long Island Rail Road, Staten Island Railway and Metro North trains. Such preventative safety measures would aim to protect people from jumping or falling onto the tracks from the train platform.
Indexes: Report Required, Sunset Date Applies
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1344, 2. Int. No. 1344, 3. January 24, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 1-24-19

Int. No. 1344


By Council Members Borelli, Koo, Ayala, Yeger, Holden, Chin, Cornegy, Koslowitz and Ulrich


A Local Law in relation to requiring the department of transportation to study safety measures for outdoor train platforms


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1. Definitions. As used in this local law, the following terms have the following meanings:

Crash. The term “crash” means any collision between an outdoor train and a pedestrian.

Outdoor train. The term “outdoor train” means any subway train while it travels above-ground and any above-ground commuter train that operates within the city.

Train platform. The term “train platform” means any above-ground subway or above-ground commuter train platform used to facilitate boarding and exiting an outdoor train.

§ 2. The department of transportation shall conduct a comprehensive study on outdoor train crashes and recommend safety measures that may be implemented for train platforms. In completing such study, such department shall:

a. Analyze the conditions and factors typically associated with such crashes, if any;

b. Study safety measures that may be implemented on train platforms, including protective barriers;

                     c. Identify the benefits of implementing safety measures on train platforms;

d. Recommend methods of implementing such safety measures;

e. Identify the costs associated with implementing such safety measures; and

f. Analyze the feasibility of implementing each such safety measure.

§ 3. The commissioner of transportation shall report the study’s findings and recommendations to the mayor and the speaker of the council no later than 1 year after the effective date of this local law. Such report shall include a recommendation as to whether any additional studies would further the objective of improving safety practices for outdoor trains.

§ 4. This local law takes effect immediately and expires and is deemed repealed upon submission of the report required by section three of this local law.








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