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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO MEMBERSHIP IN REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITIES.

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
     Section 3 of chapter 161B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the third paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following 2 paragraphs:-
     Any city or town, or group or combination of cities or towns, other than a city or town included in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in which the Authority operates fixed route bus service may, with the approval of a city manager in the case of a city under a Plan E form of government, the mayor and city council in the case of all other cities or the board of selectmen in the case of a town and subject to the approval of the advisory board to a regional transit authority, join an authority which is not separated from the city or town or group or combination of cities and towns by more than 1 other municipality.
     Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a city or town that is a member of an authority may, with the approval of the city manager in the case of a city under a Plan E form of government, the mayor and city council in the case of all other cities or the board of selectmen in the case of a town, join an additional authority, subject to the approval of the advisory board of the additional authority and provided that the city or town adjoins a city or town that is a member of the additional authority.

Approved, January 12, 2017