File #: Res 0002-2022    Version: * Name: Extend and expand the scope of the MTA On-Demand E-Hail Paratransit Pilot Program. (S.4037/A.5896)
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
On agenda: 2/10/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, S.4037/A.5896, legislation to extend and expand the scope of the MTA On-Demand E-Hail Paratransit Pilot Program.
Sponsors: Diana I. Ayala, Justin L. Brannan, Julie Menin, Farah N. Louis, Shahana K. Hanif, Crystal Hudson, Erik D. Bottcher, Amanda Farías, Selvena N. Brooks-Powers
Council Member Sponsors: 9
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 2, 2. February 10, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-10-22, 4. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - February 10, 2022

Res. No. 2

 

Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, S.4037/A.5896, legislation to extend and expand the scope of the MTA On-Demand E-Hail Paratransit Pilot Program.

 

By Council Members Ayala, Brannan, Menin, Louis, Hanif, Hudson, Bottcher, Farías and Brooks-Powers

 

Whereas, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) “On-Demand E-Hail Paratransit Pilot Program” began in 2017 to serve New Yorkers with disabilities and seniors who use paratransit, by offering them the option to call a ride when and where they need it-“on demand”; and

Whereas, In 2019, the MTA expanded the pilot to double the number of participants, from 1,200 users to 2,400 users, by allowing NYC Transit’s Access-a-Ride (AAR) program to provide more of its trips in taxis and for-hire vehicles (FHV), and extended the pilot through the end of the year; and

Whereas, While the MTA expanded the pilot, they also added severe restrictions, including the implementation of service caps of no more than 16 rides per month and capping the value per ride at $15 per trip, after which users would have to pay the remaining balance; and

Whereas, Such service caps place limits on the geographic mobility of users and imposes a greater financial burden; and

Whereas, No other MTA customer faces rationing of rides or limits on the distance they can travel, and it is inequitable and unjust for MTA to place these restrictions on paratransit users; and

Whereas, The current pilot is cost-effective and good for New York City’s economy, as the average cost of an “On-Demand” paratransit ride is less than $41 and takes up only 1.7% of AAR’s annual budget, while standard AAR rides cost more than $82; and

Whereas, Nearly 7 in 10 New Yorkers with a disability are unemployed, with poor transportation cited by community members as one of the primary reasons why they cannot secure employment, and reliable, “On-Demand” service significantly improves riders’ access to jobs, education, and healthcare, and would help reverse this trend of unemployment; and

Whereas, The “On-Demand” pilot program has facilitated much-needed revenue for yellow and green taxicab drivers, many of whom face debt and unfair competition from ride-hailing services; and

Whereas, S.4037, sponsored by Senator Leroy Comrie, and A.5896, sponsored by Jeffrey Dinowitz, would reasonably and responsibly build upon the MTA On-Demand E-Hail Paratransit Pilot Program by continuing the program through March 31, 2023 with the following guidelines: (1) fares for services would be equal to the MTA base fare charge for subway and bus service; (2) the hours of services would be the same as other bus, subway, and paratransit services; and (3) the length and frequency of services would not be restricted; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, S.4037/A.5896, legislation to extend and expand the scope of the MTA On-Demand E-Hail Paratransit Pilot Program.

 

 

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