Senate Bill No. 427

Public Act No. 00-129

An Act Concerning Mass Transportation And The Metro North Rail Operating Agreement.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) Subject to available appropriations, the Commissioner of Transportation shall expand mass transportation systems, such as rail and bus services, in locations where the commissioner deems appropriate.

Sec. 2. The Commissioner of Transportation, within available appropriations, shall conduct a comprehensive analysis of the Metro North Rail Operating Agreement between the Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The analysis shall examine ridership, costs, service, scheduling, marketing, capital investment and other related issues and shall recommend how the state may better exercise its legal rights under said agreement to increase rail ridership and maintain affordability of rail fares for Connecticut commuters as part of a transportation strategy to reduce highway congestion in southwestern Connecticut. The commissioner shall report the findings and recommendations of said analysis to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation on or before February 1, 2001.

Approved May 26, 2000