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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 3615/) Regional Transportation Authority Act.

70 ILCS 3615/Art. II

 
    (70 ILCS 3615/Art. II heading)
ARTICLE II. POWERS.

70 ILCS 3615/2.01

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.01) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.01)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-1027)
    Sec. 2.01. General Allocation of Responsibility for Public Transportation.
    (a) In order to accomplish the purposes as set forth in this Act, the responsibility for planning, operating, and funding public transportation in the metropolitan region shall be allocated as described in this Act. The Authority shall:
        (i) adopt plans that implement the public policy of
    
the State to provide adequate, efficient, and coordinated public transportation throughout the metropolitan region;
        (ii) set goals, objectives, and standards for the
    
Authority, the Service Boards, and transportation agencies;
        (iii) develop performance measures to inform the
    
public about the extent to which the provision of public transportation in the metropolitan region meets those goals, objectives, and standards;
        (iv) allocate operating and capital funds made
    
available to support public transportation in the metropolitan region;
        (v) provide financial oversight of the Service
    
Boards; and
        (vi) coordinate the provision of public
    
transportation and the investment in public transportation facilities to enhance the integration of public transportation throughout the metropolitan region, all as provided in this Act.
    The Service Boards shall, on a continuing basis determine the level, nature and kind of public transportation which should be provided for the metropolitan region in order to meet the plans, goals, objectives, and standards adopted by the Authority. The Service Boards may provide public transportation by purchasing such service from transportation agencies through purchase of service agreements, by grants to such agencies or by operating such service, all pursuant to this Act and the "Metropolitan Transit Authority Act", as now or hereafter amended. Certain of its actions to implement the responsibilities allocated to the Authority in this subsection (a) shall be taken in 3 public documents adopted by the affirmative vote of at least 12 of its then Directors: A Strategic Plan; a Five-Year Capital Program; and an Annual Budget and Two-Year Financial Plan.
    (b) The Authority shall subject the operating and capital plans and expenditures of the Service Boards in the metropolitan region with regard to public transportation to continuing review so that the Authority may budget and expend its funds with maximum effectiveness and efficiency. The Authority shall conduct audits of each of the Service Boards no less than every 5 years. Such audits may include management, performance, financial, and infrastructure condition audits. The Authority may conduct management, performance, financial, and infrastructure condition audits of transportation agencies that receive funds from the Authority. The Authority may direct a Service Board to conduct any such audit of a transportation agency that receives funds from such Service Board, and the Service Board shall comply with such request to the extent it has the right to do so. These audits of the Service Boards or transportation agencies may be project or service specific audits to evaluate their achievement of the goals and objectives of that project or service and their compliance with any applicable requirements.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-1027)
    Sec. 2.01. General Allocation of Responsibility for Public Transportation.
    (a) In order to accomplish the purposes as set forth in this Act, the responsibility for planning, operating, and funding public transportation in the metropolitan region shall be allocated as described in this Act. The Authority shall:
        (i) adopt plans that implement the public policy of
    
the State to provide adequate, efficient, geographically equitable and coordinated public transportation throughout the metropolitan region;
        (ii) set goals, objectives, and standards for the
    
Authority, the Service Boards, and transportation agencies;
        (iii) develop performance measures to inform the
    
public about the extent to which the provision of public transportation in the metropolitan region meets those goals, objectives, and standards;
        (iv) allocate operating and capital funds made
    
available to support public transportation in the metropolitan region;
        (v) provide financial oversight of the Service
    
Boards; and
        (vi) coordinate the provision of public
    
transportation and the investment in public transportation facilities to enhance the integration of public transportation throughout the metropolitan region, all as provided in this Act.
    The Service Boards shall, on a continuing basis determine the level, nature and kind of public transportation which should be provided for the metropolitan region in order to meet the plans, goals, objectives, and standards adopted by the Authority. The Service Boards may provide public transportation by purchasing such service from transportation agencies through purchase of service agreements, by grants to such agencies or by operating such service, all pursuant to this Act and the "Metropolitan Transit Authority Act", as now or hereafter amended. Certain of its actions to implement the responsibilities allocated to the Authority in this subsection (a) shall be taken in 3 public documents adopted by the affirmative vote of at least 12 of its then Directors: A Strategic Plan; a Five-Year Capital Program; and an Annual Budget and Two-Year Financial Plan.
    (b) The Authority shall subject the operating and capital plans and expenditures of the Service Boards in the metropolitan region with regard to public transportation to continuing review so that the Authority may budget and expend its funds with maximum effectiveness and efficiency. The Authority shall conduct audits of each of the Service Boards no less than every 5 years. Such audits may include management, performance, financial, and infrastructure condition audits. The Authority may conduct management, performance, financial, and infrastructure condition audits of transportation agencies that receive funds from the Authority. The Authority may direct a Service Board to conduct any such audit of a transportation agency that receives funds from such Service Board, and the Service Board shall comply with such request to the extent it has the right to do so. These audits of the Service Boards or transportation agencies may be project or service specific audits to evaluate their achievement of the goals and objectives of that project or service and their compliance with any applicable requirements.
(Source: P.A. 98-1027, eff. 1-1-15.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.01a

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.01a)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-1027)
    Sec. 2.01a. Strategic Plan.
    (a) By the affirmative vote of at least 12 of its then Directors, the Authority shall adopt a Strategic Plan, no less than every 5 years, after consultation with the Service Boards and after holding a minimum of 3 public hearings in Cook County and one public hearing in each of the other counties in the region. The Executive Director of the Authority shall review the Strategic Plan on an ongoing basis and make recommendations to the Board of the Authority with respect to any update or amendment of the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan shall describe the specific actions to be taken by the Authority and the Service Boards to provide adequate, efficient, and coordinated public transportation.
    (b) The Strategic Plan shall identify goals and objectives with respect to:
        (i) increasing ridership and passenger miles on
    
public transportation funded by the Authority;
        (ii) coordination of public transportation services
    
and the investment in public transportation facilities to enhance the integration of public transportation throughout the metropolitan region;
        (iii) coordination of fare and transfer policies to
    
promote transfers by riders among Service Boards, transportation agencies, and public transportation modes, which may include goals and objectives for development of a universal fare instrument that riders may use interchangeably on all public transportation funded by the Authority, and methods to be used to allocate revenues from transfers;
        (iv) improvements in public transportation facilities
    
to bring those facilities into a state of good repair, enhancements that attract ridership and improve customer service, and expansions needed to serve areas with sufficient demand for public transportation;
        (v) access for transit-dependent populations,
    
including access by low-income communities to places of employment, utilizing analyses provided by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning regarding employment and transportation availability, and giving consideration to the location of employment centers in each county and the availability of public transportation at off-peak hours and on weekends;
        (vi) the financial viability of the public
    
transportation system, including both operating and capital programs;
        (vii) limiting road congestion within the
    
metropolitan region and enhancing transit options to improve mobility; and
        (viii) such other goals and objectives that advance
    
the policy of the State to provide adequate, efficient, and coordinated public transportation in the metropolitan region.
    (c) The Strategic Plan shall establish the process and criteria by which proposals for capital improvements by a Service Board or a transportation agency will be evaluated by the Authority for inclusion in the Five-Year Capital Program, which may include criteria for:
        (i) allocating funds among maintenance, enhancement,
    
and expansion improvements;
        (ii) projects to be funded from the Innovation,
    
Coordination, and Enhancement Fund;
        (iii) projects intended to improve or enhance
    
ridership or customer service;
        (iv) design and location of station or transit
    
improvements intended to promote transfers, increase ridership, and support transit-oriented land development;
        (v) assessing the impact of projects on the ability
    
to operate and maintain the existing transit system; and
        (vi) other criteria that advance the goals and
    
objectives of the Strategic Plan.
    (d) The Strategic Plan shall establish performance standards and measurements regarding the adequacy, efficiency, and coordination of public transportation services in the region and the implementation of the goals and objectives in the Strategic Plan. At a minimum, such standards and measures shall include customer-related performance data measured by line, route, or sub-region, as determined by the Authority, on the following:
        (i) travel times and on-time performance;
        (ii) ridership data;
        (iii) equipment failure rates;
        (iv) employee and customer safety; and
        (v) customer satisfaction.
    The Service Boards and transportation agencies that receive funding from the Authority or Service Boards shall prepare, publish, and submit to the Authority such reports with regard to these standards and measurements in the frequency and form required by the Authority; however, the frequency of such reporting shall be no less than annual. The Service Boards shall publish such reports on their respective websites. The Authority shall compile and publish such reports on its website. Such performance standards and measures shall not be used as the basis for disciplinary action against any employee of the Authority or Service Boards, except to the extent the employment and disciplinary practices of the Authority or Service Board provide for such action.
    (e) The Strategic Plan shall identify innovations to improve the delivery of public transportation and the construction of public transportation facilities.
    (f) The Strategic Plan shall describe the expected financial condition of public transportation in the metropolitan region prospectively over a 10-year period, which may include information about the cash position and all known obligations of the Authority and the Service Boards including operating expenditures, debt service, contributions for payment of pension and other post-employment benefits, the expected revenues from fares, tax receipts, grants from the federal, State, and local governments for operating and capital purposes and issuance of debt, the availability of working capital, and the resources needed to achieve the goals and objectives described in the Strategic Plan.
    (g) In developing the Strategic Plan, the Authority shall rely on such demographic and other data, forecasts, and assumptions developed by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning with respect to the patterns of population density and growth, projected commercial and residential development, and environmental factors, within the metropolitan region and in areas outside the metropolitan region that may impact public transportation utilization in the metropolitan region. Before adopting or amending any Strategic Plan, the Authority shall consult with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning regarding the consistency of the Strategic Plan with the Regional Comprehensive Plan adopted pursuant to the Regional Planning Act.
    (h) The Authority may adopt, by the affirmative vote of at least 12 of its then Directors, sub-regional or corridor plans for specific geographic areas of the metropolitan region in order to improve the adequacy, efficiency, and coordination of existing, or the delivery of new, public transportation. Such plans may also address areas outside the metropolitan region that may impact public transportation utilization in the metropolitan region. In preparing a sub-regional or corridor plan, the Authority may identify changes in operating practices or capital investment in the sub-region or corridor that could increase ridership, reduce costs, improve coordination, or enhance transit-oriented development. The Authority shall consult with any affected Service Boards in the preparation of any sub-regional or corridor plans.
    (i) If the Authority determines, by the affirmative vote of at least 12 of its then Directors, that, with respect to any proposed new public transportation service or facility, (i) multiple Service Boards or transportation agencies are potential service providers and (ii) the public transportation facilities to be constructed or purchased to provide that service have an expected construction cost of more than $25,000,000, the Authority shall have sole responsibility for conducting any alternatives analysis and preliminary environmental assessment required by federal or State law. Nothing in this subparagraph (i) shall prohibit a Service Board from undertaking alternatives analysis and preliminary environmental assessment for any public transportation service or facility identified in items (i) and (ii) above that is included in the Five-Year Capital Program as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly; however, any expenditure related to any such public transportation service or facility must be included in a Five-Year Capital Program under the requirements of Sections 2.01b and 4.02 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-1027)
    Sec. 2.01a. Strategic Plan.
    (a) By the affirmative vote of at least 12 of its then Directors, the Authority shall adopt a Strategic Plan, no less than every 5 years, after consultation with the Service Boards and after holding a minimum of 3 public hearings in Cook County and one public hearing in each of the other counties in the region. The Executive Director of the Authority shall review the Strategic Plan on an ongoing basis and make recommendations to the Board of the Authority with respect to any update or amendment of the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan shall describe the specific actions to be taken by the Authority and the Service Boards to provide adequate, efficient, and coordinated public transportation.
    (b) The Strategic Plan shall identify goals and objectives with respect to:
        (i) increasing ridership and passenger miles on
    
public transportation funded by the Authority;
        (ii) coordination of public transportation services
    
and the investment in public transportation facilities to enhance the integration of public transportation throughout the metropolitan region;
        (iii) coordination of fare and transfer policies to
    
promote transfers by riders among Service Boards, transportation agencies, and public transportation modes, which may include goals and objectives for development of a universal fare instrument that riders may use interchangeably on all public transportation funded by the Authority, and methods to be used to allocate revenues from transfers;
        (iv) improvements in public transportation facilities
    
to bring those facilities into a state of good repair, enhancements that attract ridership and improve customer service, and expansions needed to serve areas with sufficient demand for public transportation;
        (v) access for transit-dependent populations,
    
including access by low-income communities to places of employment, utilizing analyses provided by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning regarding employment and transportation availability, and giving consideration to the location of employment centers in each county and the availability of public transportation at off-peak hours and on weekends;
        (vi) the financial viability of the public
    
transportation system, including both operating and capital programs;
        (vii) limiting road congestion within the
    
metropolitan region and enhancing transit options to improve mobility; and
        (viii) such other goals and objectives that advance
    
the policy of the State to provide adequate, efficient, geographically equitable and coordinated public transportation in the metropolitan region.
    (c) The Strategic Plan shall establish the process and criteria by which proposals for capital improvements by a Service Board or a transportation agency will be evaluated by the Authority for inclusion in the Five-Year Capital Program, which may include criteria for:
        (i) allocating funds among maintenance, enhancement,
    
and expansion improvements;
        (ii) projects to be funded from the Innovation,
    
Coordination, and Enhancement Fund;
        (iii) projects intended to improve or enhance
    
ridership or customer service;
        (iv) design and location of station or transit
    
improvements intended to promote transfers, increase ridership, and support transit-oriented land development;
        (v) assessing the impact of projects on the ability
    
to operate and maintain the existing transit system; and
        (vi) other criteria that advance the goals and
    
objectives of the Strategic Plan.
    (d) The Strategic Plan shall establish performance standards and measurements regarding the adequacy, efficiency, geographic equity and coordination of public transportation services in the region and the implementation of the goals and objectives in the Strategic Plan. At a minimum, such standards and measures shall include customer-related performance data measured by line, route, or sub-region, as determined by the Authority, on the following:
        (i) travel times and on-time performance;
        (ii) ridership data;
        (iii) equipment failure rates;
        (iv) employee and customer safety; and
        (v) customer satisfaction.
    The Service Boards and transportation agencies that receive funding from the Authority or Service Boards shall prepare, publish, and submit to the Authority such reports with regard to these standards and measurements in the frequency and form required by the Authority; however, the frequency of such reporting shall be no less than annual. The Service Boards shall publish such reports on their respective websites. The Authority shall compile and publish such reports on its website. Such performance standards and measures shall not be used as the basis for disciplinary action against any employee of the Authority or Service Boards, except to the extent the employment and disciplinary practices of the Authority or Service Board provide for such action.
    (e) The Strategic Plan shall identify innovations to improve the delivery of public transportation and the construction of public transportation facilities.
    (f) The Strategic Plan shall describe the expected financial condition of public transportation in the metropolitan region prospectively over a 10-year period, which may include information about the cash position and all known obligations of the Authority and the Service Boards including operating expenditures, debt service, contributions for payment of pension and other post-employment benefits, the expected revenues from fares, tax receipts, grants from the federal, State, and local governments for operating and capital purposes and issuance of debt, the availability of working capital, and the resources needed to achieve the goals and objectives described in the Strategic Plan.
    (g) In developing the Strategic Plan, the Authority shall rely on such demographic and other data, forecasts, and assumptions developed by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning with respect to the patterns of population density and growth, projected commercial and residential development, and environmental factors, within the metropolitan region and in areas outside the metropolitan region that may impact public transportation utilization in the metropolitan region. The Authority shall also consult with the Illinois Department of Transportation's Office of Planning and Programming when developing the Strategic Plan. Before adopting or amending any Strategic Plan, the Authority shall consult with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning regarding the consistency of the Strategic Plan with the Regional Comprehensive Plan adopted pursuant to the Regional Planning Act.
    (h) The Authority may adopt, by the affirmative vote of at least 12 of its then Directors, sub-regional or corridor plans for specific geographic areas of the metropolitan region in order to improve the adequacy, efficiency, geographic equity and coordination of existing, or the delivery of new, public transportation. Such plans may also address areas outside the metropolitan region that may impact public transportation utilization in the metropolitan region. In preparing a sub-regional or corridor plan, the Authority may identify changes in operating practices or capital investment in the sub-region or corridor that could increase ridership, reduce costs, improve coordination, or enhance transit-oriented development. The Authority shall consult with any affected Service Boards in the preparation of any sub-regional or corridor plans.
    (i) If the Authority determines, by the affirmative vote of at least 12 of its then Directors, that, with respect to any proposed new public transportation service or facility, (i) multiple Service Boards or transportation agencies are potential service providers and (ii) the public transportation facilities to be constructed or purchased to provide that service have an expected construction cost of more than $25,000,000, the Authority shall have sole responsibility for conducting any alternatives analysis and preliminary environmental assessment required by federal or State law. Nothing in this subparagraph (i) shall prohibit a Service Board from undertaking alternatives analysis and preliminary environmental assessment for any public transportation service or facility identified in items (i) and (ii) above that is included in the Five-Year Capital Program as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly; however, any expenditure related to any such public transportation service or facility must be included in a Five-Year Capital Program under the requirements of Sections 2.01b and 4.02 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-1027, eff. 1-1-15.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.01b

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.01b)
    Sec. 2.01b. The Five-Year Capital Program. By the affirmative vote of at least 12 of its then Directors, the Authority, after consultation with the Service Boards and after holding a minimum of 3 public hearings in Cook County and one public hearing in each of the other counties in the metropolitan region, shall each year adopt a Five-Year Capital Program that shall include each capital improvement to be undertaken by or on behalf of a Service Board provided that the Authority finds that the improvement meets any criteria for capital improvements contained in the Strategic Plan, is not inconsistent with any sub-regional or corridor plan adopted by the Authority, and can be funded within amounts available with respect to the capital and operating costs of such improvement. In reviewing proposals for improvements to be included in a Five-Year Capital Program, the Authority may give priority to improvements that are intended to bring public transportation facilities into a state of good repair. The Five-Year Capital Program shall also identify capital improvements to be undertaken by a Service Board, a transportation agency, or a unit of local government and funded by the Authority from amounts in the Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement Fund, provided that no improvement that is included in the Five-Year Capital Program as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly may receive funding from the Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement Fund. Before adopting a Five-Year Capital Program, the Authority shall consult with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning regarding the consistency of the Five-Year Capital Program with the Regional Comprehensive Plan adopted pursuant to the Regional Planning Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.01c

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.01c)
    Sec. 2.01c. Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement Fund.
    (a) The Authority shall establish an Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement Fund and deposit into the Fund an amount equal to $10,000,000 in 2008, and, each year thereafter, an amount equal to the amount deposited in the previous year increased or decreased by the percentage growth or decline in revenues received by the Authority from taxes imposed under Section 4.03 in the previous year. Amounts on deposit in such Fund and interest and other earnings on those amounts may be used by the Authority, upon the affirmative vote of 12 of its then Directors, and after a public participation process, for operating or capital grants or loans to Service Boards, transportation agencies, or units of local government that advance the goals and objectives identified by the Authority in its Strategic Plan, provided that no improvement that has been included in a Five-Year Capital Program as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly may receive any funding from the Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement Fund. Unless the Board has determined by a vote of 12 of its then Directors that an emergency exists requiring the use of some or all of the funds then in the Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement Fund, such funds may only be used to enhance the coordination and integration of public transportation and develop and implement innovations to improve the quality and delivery of public transportation.
    (b) Any grantee that receives funds from the Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement Fund for the operation of eligible programs must (i) implement such programs within one year of receipt of such funds and (ii) within 2 years following commencement of any program utilizing such funds, determine whether it is desirable to continue the program, and upon such a determination, either incorporate such program into its annual operating budget and capital program or discontinue such program. No additional funds from the Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement Fund may be distributed to a grantee for any individual program beyond 2 years unless the Authority by the affirmative vote of at least 12 of its then Directors waives this limitation. Any such waiver will be with regard to an individual program and with regard to a one year-period, and any further waivers for such individual program require a subsequent vote of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 97-399, eff. 8-16-11.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.01d

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.01d)
    Sec. 2.01d. ADA Paratransit Fund. The Authority shall establish an ADA Paratransit Fund and, each year, deposit into that Fund the following amounts: (i) a base amount equal to $115,000,000 in 2012, and, each year thereafter, an amount equal to the final budgeted funding for ADA paratransit services for the current year, (ii) any funds received from the State pursuant to appropriations for the purpose of funding ADA paratransit services, and (iii) any additional funds necessary to fund the budget or amended budget for ADA paratransit services adopted or approved by the Board for the current year. The amounts on deposit in the Fund and interest and other earnings on those amounts shall be used by the Authority to make grants to the Suburban Bus Board for ADA paratransit services provided pursuant to plans approved by the Authority under Section 2.30 of this Act. Funds received by the Suburban Bus Board from the Authority's ADA Paratransit Fund shall be used only to provide ADA paratransit services to individuals who are determined to be eligible for such services by the Authority under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its implementing regulations. Revenues from and costs of services provided by the Suburban Bus Board with grants made under this Section shall be included in the Annual Budget and Two-Year Financial Program of the Suburban Bus Board and shall be subject to all budgetary and financial requirements under this Act that apply to ADA paratransit services. Beginning in 2008, the Executive Director shall, no later than August 15 of each year, provide to the Board a written determination of the projected annual costs of ADA paratransit services that are required to be provided pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its implementing regulations for the current year. The Authority shall conduct triennial financial, compliance, and performance audits of ADA paratransit services to assist in this determination.
(Source: P.A. 97-399, eff. 8-16-11.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.01e

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.01e)
    Sec. 2.01e. Suburban Community Mobility Fund. The Authority shall establish a Suburban Community Mobility Fund and deposit into that Fund an amount equal to $20,000,000 in 2008, and, each year thereafter, an amount equal to the amount deposited in the previous year increased or decreased by the percentage growth or decline in revenues received by the Authority from taxes imposed under Section 4.03 in the previous year. The amounts on deposit in the Fund and interest and other earnings on those amounts shall be used by the Authority to make grants to the Suburban Bus Board for the purpose of operating transit services, other than traditional fixed-route services, that enhance suburban mobility, including, but not limited to, demand-responsive transit services, ride sharing, van pooling, service coordination, centralized dispatching and call taking, reverse commuting, service restructuring, and bus rapid transit. Revenues from and costs of services provided by the Suburban Bus Board with moneys from the Suburban Community Mobility Fund shall be included in the Annual Budget and Two-Year Financial Program of the Suburban Bus Board and shall be subject to all budgetary and financial requirements under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-399, eff. 8-16-11.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.02

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.02) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.02)
    Sec. 2.02. Purchase of Service Contracts - Grants. (a) The Service Boards may purchase public transportation from transportation agencies upon such terms and conditions as may be set forth in purchase of service agreements between the Service Boards and the transportation agencies.
    (b) Grants may be made either by: (i) the Authority to a Service Board; or (ii) a Service Board to either a transportation agency or another Service Board, all for operating and other expenses, or for developing or planning public transportation or for constructing or acquiring public transportation facilities, all upon such terms and conditions as that Service Board or the Authority shall prescribe or as that Service Board and the Authority or that Service Board and the transportation agency shall agree in any grant contract.
    (c) The Board shall adopt, to the extent it determines feasible, guidelines setting forth uniform standards for the making of grants and purchase of service agreements. Such grant contacts or purchase of service agreements may be for such number of years or duration as the parties shall agree.
    Any purchase of service agreement with a transportation agency which is not a public body shall be upon terms and conditions which will allow the transportation agency to receive for the public transportation provided pursuant to the agreement net income, after reasonable deductions for depreciation and other proper and necessary reserves, equal to an amount which is a reasonable return upon the value of such portion of the transportation agency's property as is used and useful in rendering such transportation service. This paragraph shall be construed in a manner consistent with the principles applicable to such a transportation agency in rate proceedings under "An Act concerning public utilities", approved June 29, 1921, as now or hereafter amended. This paragraph shall not be construed to provide for the funding of reserves or guarantee that such a transportation agency shall in fact receive any return. A Service Board shall, within 180 days after receiving a written request from a transportation agency which is not a public body, tender and offer to enter into with such transportation agency a purchase of service agreement that is in conformity with this Act and that covers the public transportation services by rail (other than experimental or demonstration services) which such agency is providing at the time of such request and which services either were in operation for at least one year immediately preceding the effective date of this Act or were in operation pursuant to a purchase of service or grant agreement with the Authority or Service Board. No such tender by a Service Board need be made before April 1, 1975. The first purchase of service agreement so requested shall not, unless the parties agree otherwise, become effective prior to June 30, 1975. If, following such a request and tender, a Service Board and the transportation agency do not agree upon the amount of compensation to be provided to the agency by the Service Board under the purchase of service agreement or fares and charges under the purchase of service agreement, either of them may submit such unresolved issues to the Illinois Commerce Commission for determination. The Commission shall determine the unresolved issues in conformity with this Act. The Commission's determination shall be set forth in writing, together with such terms as are agreed by the parties and any other unresolved terms as tendered by the Service Board, in a single document which shall constitute the entire purchase of service agreement between the Service Board and the transportation agency, which agreement, in the absence of contrary agreement by the parties, shall be for a term of 3 years effective as of July 1, 1975, or, if the agreement is requested to succeed a currently effective or recently expired purchase of service agreement between the parties, as of the date of such expiration. The decision of the Commission shall be binding upon the Service Board and the transportation agency, subject to judicial review as provided in "An Act concerning public utilities", as approved June 29, 1921, as now or hereafter amended, but the parties may at any time mutually amend or terminate a purchase of service agreement. Prompt settlement between the parties shall be made of any sums owing under the terms of the purchase of service agreement so established for public transportation services performed on and after the effective date of any such agreement. If the Authority reduces the amount of operating subsidy available to a Service Board under the provisions of Section 4.09 or Section 4.11, the Service Board shall, from those funds available to it under Section 4.02, first discharge its financial obligations under the terms of a purchase of service contract to any transportation agency which is not a public body, unless such transportation agency has failed to take any action requested by the Service Board, which under the terms of the purchase of service contract the Service Board can require the transportation agency to take, which would have the effect of reducing the financial obligation of the Service Board to the transportation agency. The provisions of this paragraph (c) shall not preclude a Service Board and a transportation agency from otherwise entering into a purchase of service or grant agreement in conformity with this Act or an agreement for the Authority or a Service Board to purchase or a Service Board to operate that agency's public transportation facilities, and shall not limit the exercise of the right of eminent domain by the Authority pursuant to this Act.
    (d) Any transportation agency providing public transportation pursuant to a purchase of service or grant agreement with the Authority or a Service Board shall be subject to the "Illinois Human Rights Act", as now or hereafter amended, and the remedies and procedures established thereunder. Such agency shall file an affirmative action program for employment by it with regard to public transportation so provided with the Department of Human Rights within one year of the purchase of service or grant agreement, to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment, without unlawful discrimination. Such affirmative action program shall include provisions relating to hiring, upgrading, demotion, transfer, recruitment, recruitment advertising, selection for training and rates of pay or other forms of compensation. No unlawful discrimination as defined and prohibited in the Illinois Human Rights Act in any such employment shall be made in any term or aspect of employment and discrimination based upon political reasons or factors shall be prohibited.
    (e) A Service Board, subject to the provisions of paragraph (c) of this Section, may not discriminate against a transportation agency with which it has a purchase of service contract or grant agreement in any condition affecting the operation of the public transportation facility including the level of subsidy provided, the quality or standard of public transportation to be provided or in meeting the financial obligations to transportation agencies under the terms of a purchase of service or grant contract. Any transportation agency that believes that a Service Board is discriminating against it may, after attempting to resolve the alleged discrimination by meeting with the Service Board with which it has a purchase of service or grant contract, appeal to the Authority. The Board shall name 3 of its members, other than a member of the board of the concerned Service Board, to serve as a panel to arbitrate the dispute. The panel shall render a recommended decision to the Board which shall be binding on the Service Board and the transportation agency if adopted by the Board. The panel may not require the Service Board to take any action which would increase the operating budget of the Service Board. The decision of the Board shall be enforceable in a court of general jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 83-885; 83-886.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.03

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.03) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.03)
    Sec. 2.03. Operations. A Service Board may provide public transportation by operating public transportation facilities. A Service Board may enter into operating agreements with any individual, corporation or other person or private or public entity to operate such facilities on behalf of the Service Board.
(Source: P.A. 83-886.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.04

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.04) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.04)
    Sec. 2.04. Fares and Nature of Service.
    (a) Whenever a Service Board provides any public transportation by operating public transportation facilities, the Service Board shall provide for the level and nature of fares or charges to be made for such services, and the nature and standards of public transportation to be so provided that meet the goals and objectives adopted by the Authority in the Strategic Plan. Provided, however that if the Board adopts a budget and financial plan for a Service Board in accordance with the provisions in Section 4.11(b)(5), the Board may consistent with the terms of any purchase of service contract provide for the level and nature of fares to be made for such services under the jurisdiction of that Service Board, and the nature and standards of public transportation to be so provided.
    (b) Whenever a Service Board provides any public transportation pursuant to grants made after June 30, 1975, to transportation agencies for operating expenses (other than with regard to experimental programs) or pursuant to any purchase of service agreement, the purchase of service agreement or grant contract shall provide for the level and nature of fares or charges to be made for such services, and the nature and standards of public transportation to be so provided. A Service Board shall require all transportation agencies with which it contracts, or from which it purchases transportation services or to which it makes grants to provide half fare transportation for their student riders if any of such agencies provide for half fare transportation to their student riders.
    (c) In so providing for the fares or charges and the nature and standards of public transportation, any purchase of service agreements or grant contracts shall provide, among other matters, for the terms or cost of transfers or interconnections between different modes of transportation and different public transportation agencies, schedules or routes of such service, changes which may be made in such service, the nature and condition of the facilities used in providing service, the manner of collection and disposition of fares or charges, the records and reports to be kept and made concerning such service, for interchangeable tickets or other coordinated or uniform methods of collection of charges, and shall further require that the transportation agency comply with any determination made by the Board of the Authority under and subject to the provisions of Section 2.12b of this Act. In regard to any such service, the Authority and the Service Boards shall give attention to and may undertake programs to promote use of public transportation and to provide coordinated ticket sales and passenger information. In the case of a grant to a transportation agency which remains subject to Illinois Commerce Commission supervision and regulation, the Service Boards shall exercise the powers set forth in this Section in a manner consistent with such supervision and regulation by the Illinois Commerce Commission.
    (d) By January 1, 2013, the Authority, in consultation with the Service Boards and the general public, must develop a policy regarding transfer fares on all fixed-route public transportation services provided by the Service Boards. The policy shall also set forth the fare sharing agreements between the Service Boards that apply to interagency fare passes and tickets. The policy established by the Authority shall be submitted to each of the Service Boards for its approval or comments and objection. After receiving the policy, the Service Boards have 90 days to approve or take other action regarding the policy. If all of the Service Boards agree to the policy, then a regional agreement shall be created and signed by each of the Service Boards. The terms of the agreement may be changed upon petition by any of the Service Boards and by agreement of the other Service Boards.
    (e) By January 1, 2015, the Authority must develop and implement a regional fare payment system. The regional fare payment system must use and conform with established information security industry standards and requirements of the financial industry. The system must allow consumers to use contactless credit cards, debit cards, and prepaid cards to pay for all fixed-route public transportation services. Beginning in 2012 and each year thereafter until 2015, the Authority must submit an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly describing the progress of the Authority and each of the Service Boards in implementing the regional fare payment system. The Authority must adopt rules to implement the requirements set forth in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 97-85, eff. 7-7-11.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.05

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.05) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.05)
    Sec. 2.05. Centralized Services; Acquisition and Construction.
    (a) The Authority may at the request of two or more Service Boards, serve, or designate a Service Board to serve, as a centralized purchasing agent for the Service Boards so requesting.
    (b) The Authority may at the request of two or more Service Boards perform other centralized services such as ridership information and transfers between services under the jurisdiction of the Service Boards where such centralized services financially benefit the region as a whole. Provided, however, that the Board may require transfers only upon an affirmative vote of 12 of its then Directors.
    (c) A Service Board or the Authority may for the benefit of a Service Board, to meet its purposes, construct or acquire any public transportation facility for use by a Service Board or for use by any transportation agency and may acquire any such facilities from any transportation agency, including also without limitation any reserve funds, employees' pension or retirement funds, special funds, franchises, licenses, patents, permits and papers, documents and records of the agency. In connection with any such acquisition from a transportation agency the Authority may assume obligations of the transportation agency with regard to such facilities or property or public transportation operations of such agency.
    In connection with any construction or acquisition, the Authority shall make relocation payments as may be required by federal law or by the requirements of any federal agency authorized to administer any federal program of aid.
    (d) The Authority shall, after consulting with the Service Boards, develop regionally coordinated and consolidated sales, marketing, advertising, and public information programs that promote the use and coordination of, and transfers among, public transportation services in the metropolitan region. The Authority shall develop and adopt, with the affirmative vote of at least 12 of its then Directors, rules and regulations for the Authority and the Service Boards regarding such programs to ensure that the Service Boards' independent programs conform with the Authority's regional programs.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.06

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.06) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.06)
    Sec. 2.06. Use of Streets and Roads - Relationship with Illinois Commerce Commission. (a) The Authority may for the benefit of a Service Board, by ordinance, provide for special lanes for exclusive or special use by public transportation vehicles with regard to any roads, streets, ways, highways, bridges, toll highways or toll bridges in the metropolitan region, notwithstanding any governmental statute, ordinance or regulation to the contrary.
    (b) The Authority, for the benefit of a Service Board, shall have the power to use and, by ordinance, to authorize any Service Board or transportation agency to use without any franchise, charge, permit or license any public road, street, way, highway, bridge, toll highway or toll bridge within the metropolitan region for the provision of public transportation. Transportation agencies which have purchase of service agreements with a Service Board as to any public transportation shall not as to any aspect of such public transportation be subject to any supervision, licensing or regulation imposed by any unit of local government in the metropolitan region, except as may be specifically authorized by the Authority and except for regular police supervision of vehicular traffic.
    (c) The Authority shall not be subject to "An Act concerning public utilities", approved June 29, 1921, as now or hereafter amended. Transportation agencies which have any purchase of service agreement with a Service Board shall not be subject to that Act as to any public transportation which is the subject of such agreement. No contract or agreement entered into by any transportation agency with a Service Board shall be subject to approval of or regulation by the Illinois Commerce Commission. If a Service Board shall determine that any particular public transportation service provided by a transportation agency with which the Service Board has a purchase of service agreement is not necessary for the public interest and shall, for that reason, decline to enter into any purchase of service agreement for such particular service, then the Service Board shall have no obligation pursuant to Section 2.02 (c) to offer or make a purchase of service agreement with respect to that particular service and the transportation agency may discontinue the particular service. Such discontinuation shall not be subject to the approval of or regulation by the Illinois Commerce Commission. The acquisition by the Authority by eminent domain of any property, from any transportation agency, shall not be subject to the approval of or regulation by the Illinois Commerce Commission, provided, however, that the requirement in Section 7-102 of the Code of Civil Procedure, as amended, requiring in certain instances prior approval of the Illinois Commerce Commission for taking or damaging of property of railroads or other public utilities shall continue to apply as to any taking or damaging by the Authority of any real property of such a railroad not used for public transportation or of any real property of such other public utility.
(Source: P.A. 83-885; 83-886.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.06.1

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.06.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.06.1)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-1027)
    Sec. 2.06.1. Bikeways and trails. The Authority may use its established funds, personnel, and other resources to acquire, construct, operate, and maintain bikeways and trails. The Authority may cooperate with other governmental and private agencies in bikeway and trail programs.
(Source: P.A. 87-985.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-1027)
    Sec. 2.06.1. Bikeways and trails. The Authority may use its established funds, personnel, and other resources to acquire, construct, operate, and maintain bikeways and trails. The Authority shall cooperate with other governmental and private agencies in bikeway and trail programs.
(Source: P.A. 98-1027, eff. 1-1-15.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.07

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.07) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.07)
    Sec. 2.07. Extra-territorial Authority. In order to provide or assist any transportation of members of the general public between points in the metropolitan region and points outside the metropolitan region, whether in this State or in Wisconsin or Indiana, the Authority may at the request and for the benefit of a Service Board, by ordinance, enter into agreements with any unit of local government, individual, corporation or other person or public agency in or of any such state or any private entity for such service. Such agreements may provide for participation by a Service Board in providing such service and for grants by a Service Board in connection with any such service, and may, subject to federal and State law, set forth any terms relating to such service, including coordinating such service with public transportation in the metropolitan region. Such agreement may be for such number of years or duration as the parties may agree. In regard to any such agreements or grants, a Service Board shall consider the benefit to the metropolitan region and the financial contribution with regard to such service made or to be made from public funds in such areas served outside the metropolitan region.
(Source: P.A. 83-886.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.08

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.08) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.08)
    Sec. 2.08. Protection Against Crime. The Authority shall cooperate with the various State, municipal, sheriff's and transportation agency police forces in the metropolitan region for the protection of employees and consumers of public transportation services and public transportation facilities against crime. The Authority may provide by ordinance for an Authority police force to aid, coordinate and supplement other police forces in protecting persons and property and reducing the threats of crime with regard to public transportation. Such police shall have the same powers with regard to such protection of persons and property as those exercised by police of municipalities and may include members of other police forces in the metropolitan region. The Authority shall establish minimum standards for selection and training of members of such police force employed by it. Training shall be accomplished at schools certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board established pursuant to the Illinois Police Training Act. Such training shall be subject to the rules and standards adopted pursuant to Section 7 of that Act. The Authority may participate in any training program conducted under that Act. The Authority may provide for the coordination or consolidation of security services and police forces maintained with regard to public transportation services and facilities by various transportation agencies and may contract with any municipality or county in the metropolitan region to provide protection of persons or property with regard to public transportation. Employees of the Authority or of any transportation agency affected by any action of the Authority under this Section shall be provided the protection set forth in Section 2.16. Neither the Authority, the Suburban Bus Division, the Commuter Rail Division, nor any of their Directors, officers or employees shall be held liable for failure to provide a security or police force or, if a security or police force is provided, for failure to provide adequate police protection or security, failure to prevent the commission of crimes by fellow passengers or other third persons or for the failure to apprehend criminals.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.09

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.09) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.09)
    Sec. 2.09. Research and Development.
    (a) The Authority and the Service Boards shall study public transportation problems and developments; encourage experimentation in developing new public transportation technology, financing methods, and management procedures; conduct, in cooperation with other public and private agencies, studies and demonstration and development projects to test and develop methods for improving public transportation, for reducing its costs to users or for increasing public use; and conduct, sponsor, and participate in other studies and experiments, which may include fare demonstration programs, useful to achieving the purposes of this Act. The cost for any such item authorized by this Section may be exempted by the Board in a budget ordinance from the "costs" included in determining that the Authority and its service boards meet the farebox recovery ratio or system generated revenues recovery ratio requirements of Sections 3A.10, 3B.10, 4.01(b), 4.09 and 4.11 of this Act and Section 34 of the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act during the Authority's fiscal year which begins January 1, 1986 and ends December 31, 1986, provided that the cost of any item authorized herein must be specifically approved within the budget adopted pursuant to Sections 4.01 and 4.11 of this Act for that fiscal year.
    (b) To improve public transportation service in areas of the metropolitan region with limited access to commuter rail service, the Authority and the Suburban Bus Division shall evaluate the feasibility of implementing new bus rapid transit services using the expressway and tollway systems in the metropolitan region. The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Toll Highway Authority shall work cooperatively with the Authority and the Suburban Bus Division in that evaluation and in the implementation of bus rapid transit services. The Authority and the Suburban Bus Division, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Transportation, shall develop a bus rapid transit demonstration project on Interstate 55 located in Will, DuPage, and Cook Counties. This demonstration project shall test and refine approaches to bus rapid transit operations in the expressway or tollway shoulder or regular travel lanes and shall investigate technology options that facilitate the shared use of the transit lane and provide revenue for financing construction and operation of public transportation facilities.
    (c) The Suburban Bus Division and the Authority shall cooperate in the development, funding, and operation of programs to enhance access to job markets for residents in south suburban Cook County. Beginning in 2008, the Authority shall allocate to the Suburban Bus Division an amount not less than $3,750,000, and beginning in 2009 an amount not less than $7,500,000 annually for the costs of such programs.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.10

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.10) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.10)
    Sec. 2.10. Protection of the Environment. The Authority and the Service Boards shall take all feasible and prudent steps to minimize environmental disruption and pollution arising from its activities or from public transportation activities of transportation agencies acting pursuant to purchase of service agreements. In carrying out its purposes and powers under this Act, the Authority and the Service Boards shall seek to reduce environmental disruption and pollution arising from all forms of transportation of persons within the metropolitan region. The Service Boards shall employ persons with skills and responsibilities for determining means to minimize such disruption and pollution.
(Source: P.A. 83-886.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.11

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.11) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.11)
    Sec. 2.11. Safety.
    (a) The Service Boards may establish, enforce and facilitate achievement and maintenance of standards of safety against accidents with respect to public transportation provided by the Service Boards or by transportation agencies pursuant to purchase of service agreements with the Service Boards. The provisions of general or special orders, rules or regulations issued by the Illinois Commerce Commission pursuant to Section 57 of "An Act concerning public utilities", approved June 29, 1921, as amended, which pertain to public transportation and public transportation facilities of railroads will continue to apply until the Service Board determines that different standards are necessary to protect such health and safety.
    (b) To the extent required by 49 CFR Part 659 as now or hereafter amended, the Authority shall develop and adopt a system safety program standard for the safety of rail fixed guideway systems and the personal security of the systems' passengers and employees and shall establish procedures for safety and security reviews, investigations, and oversight reporting. The Authority shall require the applicable Service Boards to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 659 as now or hereafter amended. The Authority may contract for the services of a qualified consultant to comply with this subsection.
    (c) The security portion of the system safety program, investigation reports, surveys, schedules, lists, or data compiled, collected, or prepared by or for the Authority under this subsection, shall not be subject to discovery or admitted into evidence in federal or State court or considered for other purposes in any civil action for damages arising from any matter mentioned or addressed in such reports, surveys, schedules, lists, data, or information.
    (d) Neither the Authority nor its directors, officers, or employees nor any Service Board subject to this Section nor its directors, officers, or employees shall be held liable in any civil action for any injury to any person or property for any acts or omissions or failure to act under this Section or pursuant to 49 CFR Part 659 as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 90-273, eff. 7-30-97.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.12

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.12) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.12)
    Sec. 2.12. Coordination with Planning Agencies. The Authority and the Service Boards shall cooperate with the various public agencies charged with responsibility for long-range or comprehensive planning for the metropolitan region. The Authority shall utilize the official forecasts and plans of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning in developing the Strategic Plan and the Five-Year Capital Program. The Authority and the Service Boards shall, prior to the adoption of any Strategic Plan, as provided in Section 2.01a of this Act, or the adoption of any Five-Year Capital Program, as provided in Section 2.01b of this Act, submit its proposals to such agencies for review and comment. The Authority and the Service Boards may make use of existing studies, surveys, plans, data and other materials in the possession of any State agency or department, any planning agency or any unit of local government.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.12a

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.12a)
    Sec. 2.12a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 83-886. Repealed by P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.12b

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.12b)
    Sec. 2.12b. Coordination of Fares and Service. Upon the request of a Service Board, the Executive Director of the Authority may, upon the affirmative vote of 9 of the then Directors of the Authority, intervene in any matter involving (i) a dispute between Service Boards or a Service Board and a transportation agency providing service on behalf of a Service Board with respect to the terms of transfer between, and the allocation of revenues from fares and charges for, transportation services provided by the parties or (ii) a dispute between 2 Service Boards with respect to coordination of service, route duplication, or a change in service. Any Service Board or transportation agency involved in such dispute shall meet with the Executive Director, cooperate in good faith to attempt to resolve the dispute, and provide any books, records, and other information requested by the Executive Director. If the Executive Director is unable to mediate a resolution of any dispute, he or she may provide a written determination recommending a change in the fares or charges or the allocation of revenues for such service or directing a change in the nature or provider of service that is the subject of the dispute. The Executive Director shall base such determination upon the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan established pursuant to Section 2.01a(b). Such determination shall be presented to the Board of the Authority and, if approved by the affirmative vote of at least 9 of the then Directors of the Authority, shall be final and shall be implemented by any affected Service Board and transportation agency within the time frame required by the determination.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.13

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.13) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.13)
    Sec. 2.13. (a) The Authority may take and acquire possession by eminent domain of any property or interest in property which the Authority is authorized to acquire under this Act. The power of eminent domain may be exercised by ordinance of the Authority, and shall extend to all types of interests in property, both real and personal (including without limitation easements for access purposes to and rights of concurrent usage of existing or planned public transportation facilities), whether or not the property is public property or is devoted to public use and whether or not the property is owned or held by a public transportation agency, except as specifically limited by this Act.
    (b) The Authority shall exercise the power of eminent domain granted in this Section in the manner provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act, except that the Authority may not exercise the authority provided in Article 20 of the Eminent Domain Act (quick-take procedure) providing for immediate possession in such proceedings, and except that those provisions of Section 10-5-10 of the Eminent Domain Act requiring prior approval of the Illinois Commerce Commission in certain instances shall apply to eminent domain proceedings by the Authority only as to any taking or damaging by the Authority of any real property of a railroad not used for public transportation or of any real property of other public utilities.
    (c) The Authority may exercise the right of eminent domain to acquire public property only upon the concurrence of 2/3 of the then Directors. In any proceeding for the taking of public property by the Authority through the exercise of the power of eminent domain the venue shall be in the Circuit Court of the county in which the property is located. The right of eminent domain may be exercised over property used for public park purposes, for State Forest purposes or for forest preserve purposes only upon a written finding adopted by concurrence of 2/3 of the then Directors, after public hearing and a written study done for the Authority, that such taking is necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Act, that no feasible alternatives to such taking exist, and that the advantages to the public from such taking exceed the disadvantages to the public of doing so. In any proceeding for the exercise of the right of eminent domain for the taking by the Authority of property used for public park, State forest, or forest preserve purposes, the court shall not order the taking of such property unless it has reviewed and concurred in the findings required of the Authority by this paragraph. No property dedicated as a nature preserve pursuant to the "Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act", as now or hereafter amended, may be acquired in eminent domain by the Authority.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.13a

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.13a)
    Sec. 2.13a. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any power granted under this Act to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.14

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.14) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.14)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-1027)
    Sec. 2.14. Appointment of Officers and Employees. The Authority may appoint, retain and employ officers, attorneys, agents, engineers and employees. The officers shall include an Executive Director, who shall be the chief executive officer of the Authority, appointed by the Chairman with the concurrence of 11 of the other then Directors of the Board. The Executive Director shall organize the staff of the Authority, shall allocate their functions and duties, shall transfer such staff to the Suburban Bus Division and the Commuter Rail Division as is sufficient to meet their purposes, shall fix compensation and conditions of employment of the staff of the Authority, and consistent with the policies of and direction from the Board, take all actions necessary to achieve its purposes, fulfill its responsibilities and carry out its powers, and shall have such other powers and responsibilities as the Board shall determine. The Executive Director must be an individual of proven transportation and management skills and may not be a member of the Board. The Authority may employ its own professional management personnel to provide professional and technical expertise concerning its purposes and powers and to assist it in assessing the performance of the Service Boards in the metropolitan region.
    No unlawful discrimination, as defined and prohibited in the Illinois Human Rights Act, shall be made in any term or aspect of employment nor shall there be discrimination based upon political reasons or factors. The Authority shall establish regulations to insure that its discharges shall not be arbitrary and that hiring and promotion are based on merit.
    The Authority shall be subject to the "Illinois Human Rights Act", as now or hereafter amended, and the remedies and procedure established thereunder. The Authority shall file an affirmative action program for employment by it with the Department of Human Rights to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to unlawful discrimination. Such affirmative action program shall include provisions relating to hiring, upgrading, demotion, transfer, recruitment, recruitment advertising, selection for training and rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-1027)
    Sec. 2.14. Appointment of Officers and Employees. The Authority may appoint, retain and employ officers, attorneys, agents, engineers and employees. The officers shall include an Executive Director, who shall be the chief executive officer of the Authority, appointed by the Chairman with the concurrence of 11 of the other then Directors of the Board. The Executive Director shall organize the staff of the Authority, shall allocate their functions and duties, shall transfer such staff to the Suburban Bus Division and the Commuter Rail Division as is sufficient to meet their purposes, shall fix compensation and conditions of employment of the staff of the Authority, and consistent with the policies of and direction from the Board, take all actions necessary to achieve its purposes, fulfill its responsibilities and carry out its powers, and shall have such other powers and responsibilities as the Board shall determine. The Executive Director must be an individual of proven transportation and management skills and may not be a member of the Board. The Authority may employ its own professional management personnel to provide professional and technical expertise concerning its purposes and powers and to assist it in assessing the performance of the Service Boards in the metropolitan region.
    No employee, officer, or agent of the Authority may receive a bonus that exceeds 10% of his or her annual salary unless that bonus has been reviewed by the Board for a period of 14 days. After 14 days, the contract shall be considered reviewed. This Section does not apply to usual and customary salary adjustments.
    No unlawful discrimination, as defined and prohibited in the Illinois Human Rights Act, shall be made in any term or aspect of employment nor shall there be discrimination based upon political reasons or factors. The Authority shall establish regulations to insure that its discharges shall not be arbitrary and that hiring and promotion are based on merit.
    The Authority shall be subject to the "Illinois Human Rights Act", as now or hereafter amended, and the remedies and procedure established thereunder. The Authority shall file an affirmative action program for employment by it with the Department of Human Rights to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to unlawful discrimination. Such affirmative action program shall include provisions relating to hiring, upgrading, demotion, transfer, recruitment, recruitment advertising, selection for training and rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
(Source: P.A. 98-1027, eff. 1-1-15.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.15

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.15) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.15)
    Sec. 2.15. Policy With Respect to Protective Arrangements, Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations.
    It is the intent of this Act that:
    (a) The Authority shall insure that every employee of the Authority and every employee of a Service Board or transportation agency shall receive fair and equitable protection against actions of the Authority which shall not be less than those established pursuant to Section 13 (c) of the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964, as amended (49 U.S.C. Sec. 1609 (c), and Section 405 (b) of the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, as amended (45 U.S.C. Sec. 565 (b), and as prescribed by the United States Secretary of Labor thereunder, at the time of the protective agreement or arbitration decision providing protection.
    (b) There shall be no limitation on freedom of association among employees of the Authority nor any denial of the right of employees to join or support a labor organization and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing.
    (c) The Authority and the duly accredited representatives of employees shall have the obligation to bargain collectively in good faith, and the Authority shall have the power and duty to enter into written collective bargaining agreements with such representatives.
(Source: P.A. 83-886.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.16

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.16) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.16)
    Sec. 2.16. Employee Protection.
    (a) The Authority shall insure that every employee of the Authority or of a Service Board or transportation agency shall receive fair and equitable protection against actions of the Authority which shall not be less than those established pursuant to Section 13(c) of the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964, as amended (49 U.S.C. Sec. 1609(c)), and Section 405(b) of the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, as amended (45 U.S.C. Sec. 565(b)), and as prescribed by the United States Secretary of Labor thereunder, at the time of the protective agreement or arbitration decision providing protection.
    (b) The Authority shall negotiate or arrange for the negotiation of such fair and equitable employee arrangements with the employees, through their accredited representatives authorized to act for them. If agreement cannot be reached on the terms of such protective arrangement, any party may submit any matter in dispute to arbitration. In such arbitration, each party shall have the right to select non-voting arbitration board members. The impartial arbitrator will be selected by the American Arbitration Association and appointed from a current listing of the membership of the National Academy of Arbitrators, upon request of any party. The impartial arbitrator's decision shall be final and binding on all parties. Each party shall pay an equal proportionate share of the impartial arbitrator's fees and expenses.
    (c) For purposes of Sections 2.15 through 2.19, "actions of the Authority" include its acquisition and operation of public transportation facilities, the execution of purchase of service agreements and grant contracts made under this Act and the coordination, reorganization, combining, leasing, merging of operations or the expansion or curtailment of public transportation service or facilities by the Authority, but does not include a failure or refusal to enter into a purchase of service agreement or grant contract.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.17

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.17) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.17)
    Sec. 2.17. Employee Pensions.
    The Authority may establish and maintain systems of pensions and retirement benefits for such officers and employees of the Authority as may be designated or described by ordinance of the Authority; may fix the classifications therein; may take such steps as may be necessary to provide that persons eligible for admission to such pension systems as officers and employees of the Authority or of any transportation agency whose operations are financed in whole or in part by the Authority, shall retain eligibility for admission to or continued coverage and participation under Title II of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, and the related provisions of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, as amended, or the federal Railroad Retirement Act, as amended, and the related provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, as amended, as the case may be; and may provide in connection with such pension systems, a system of benefits payable to the beneficiaries and dependents of any participant in such pension systems after the death of such participant (whether accidental or otherwise, whether occurring in the actual performance of duty or otherwise, or both) subject to such exceptions, conditions, restrictions and classifications as may be provided by ordinance of the Authority. Such pension systems shall be financed or funded by such means and in such manner as may be determined by the Authority to be economically feasible.
(Source: P.A. 78-3rd S.S.-5.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.18

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.18) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.18)
    Sec. 2.18. Labor Contracts.
    (a) The Authority shall deal with and enter into written contracts with employees of the Authority, through accredited representatives of such employees authorized to act for such employees concerning wages, salaries, hours, working conditions, and pension or retirement provisions. Nothing in this Act shall be construed, however, to permit hours of labor in excess of those prohibited by law or to permit working conditions prohibited by law.
    (b) Whenever the Authority acquires the public transportation facilities of a transportation agency, either in proceeding by eminent domain or otherwise, and operates such facilities, all employees actively engaged in the operation thereof shall be transferred to and appointed as employees of the Authority, subject to all the rights and benefits of Sections 2.15 through 2.19, and the Authority shall assume and observe all applicable labor contracts and pension obligations. These employees shall be given seniority credit and sick leave, vacation, insurance, and pension credits in accordance with the records or labor agreements from the acquired transportation system. Members and beneficiaries of any pension or retirement system or other benefits established by the acquired transportation system shall continue to have rights, privileges, benefits, obligations and status with respect to such established system. The Authority shall assume the obligations of any transportation system acquired by it with regard to wages, salaries, hours, working conditions, sick leave, health and welfare and pension or retirement provisions for these employees. The Authority and the employees, through their representatives for collective bargaining purposes, shall take whatever action may be necessary to have pension trust funds presently under the joint control of such Transportation Agency and the participating employees through their representatives transferred to the trust funds to be established, maintained, and administered jointly by the Authority and the participating employees through their representatives.
    (c) Whenever the Authority shall take any of the actions specified in Section 2.16 (c), it shall do so only after meeting the requirements of Section 2.16, and in addition, whenever the Authority shall acquire and operate the public transportation facilities of a transportation agency engaged in the transportation of persons by railroad, it shall do so only in such manner as to insure the continued applicability to the railroad employees affected thereby of the provisions of all federal statutes then applicable to them and a continuation of their existing collective bargaining agreements until the provisions of said agreements can be re-negotiated by representatives of the Authority and the representatives of said employees duly designated as such pursuant to the terms and provisions of the Railway Labor Act, as amended (45 U.S.C. 151 et seq.); provided, however, that nothing in this subsection shall prevent the abandonment of such facilities, or the discontinuance of such operations pursuant to applicable law, or the substitution of other operations or facilities for such operations or facilities, whether by merger, consolidation, coordination or otherwise. In the event new or supplemental operations or facilities are substituted therefor, the provisions of Section 2.19 shall be applicable, and all questions concerning the selection of forces to perform the work of such new or supplemental facilities or operations, and whether the Authority shall be required to insure the continued applicability of the federal statutes applicable to such employees shall be negotiated and, if necessary, arbitrated, in accordance with the procedures set forth in subsection 2.19 (a).
(Source: P.A. 78-3rd S.S.-5.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.18a

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.18a) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.18a)
    Sec. 2.18a. (a) The provisions of this Section apply to collective bargaining agreements (including extensions and amendments to existing agreements) between Service Boards or transportation agencies subject to the jurisdiction of Service Boards and their employees, which are entered into after January 1, 1984.
    (b) The Authority shall approve amended budgets prepared by Service Boards which incorporate the costs of collective bargaining agreements between Service Boards and their employees. The Authority shall approve such an amended budget provided that it determines by the affirmative vote of 12 of its then members that the amended budget meets the standards established in Section 4.11.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.19

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.19) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.19)
    Sec. 2.19. Labor Relations Procedures.
    (a) Whenever the Authority proposes to operate or to enter into a contract to operate any new public transportation facility which may result in the displacement of employees or the rearrangement of the working forces of the Authority or of the Chicago Transit Authority or of any transportation agency, the Authority shall give at least 90 days written notice of such proposed operations to the representatives of the employees affected and the Authority shall provide for the selection of forces to perform the work of that facility on the basis of agreement between the Authority and the representatives of such employees. In the event of failure to agree, the dispute may be submitted by the Authority or by any representative of the employees affected to final and binding arbitration by an impartial arbitrator to be selected by the American Arbitration Association from a current listing of arbitrators of the National Academy of Arbitrators.
    (b) In case of any labor dispute not otherwise governed by this Act, by the Labor Management Relations Act, as amended, the Railway Labor Act, as amended, or by impasse resolution provisions in a collective bargaining or protective agreement involving the Authority, the Chicago Transit Authority or any transportation agency financed in whole or in part by the Authority and the employees of the Authority or of the Chicago Transit Authority or any such transportation agency, which is not settled by the parties thereto within 30 days from the date of commencement of negotiations, either party may request the assistance of a mediator appointed by either the State or Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, who shall seek to resolve the dispute. In the event that the dispute is not resolved by mediation within a reasonable period, the mediator shall certify to the parties that an impasse exists. Upon receipt of the mediator's certification, any party to the dispute may, within 7 days, submit the dispute to a fact finder who shall be selected by the parties pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association from a current listing of members of the National Academy of Arbitrators supplied by the AAA. The fact finder shall have the duty to hold hearings, or otherwise take evidence from the parties under such other arrangements as they may agree. Upon completion of the parties' submissions, the fact finder shall have the power to issue and make public findings and recommendations, or to refer the dispute back to the parties for such other appropriate action as he may recommend. In the event that the parties do not reach agreement after the issuance of the fact finder's report and recommendations, or in cases where neither party requests fact finding, the Authority shall offer to submit the dispute to arbitration by a board composed of 3 persons, one appointed by the Authority, one appointed by the labor organization representing the employees, and a third member to be agreed upon by the labor organization and the Authority. The member agreed upon by the labor organization and the Authority shall act as chairman of the board. The determination of the majority of the board of arbitration thus established shall be final and binding on all matters in dispute. If, after a period of 10 days from the date of the appointment of the two arbitrators representing the Authority and the labor organization, the third arbitrator has not been selected, then either arbitrator may request the American Arbitration Association to furnish from a current listing of the membership of the National Academy of Arbitrators the names of 7 such members of the National Academy from which the third arbitrator shall be selected. The arbitrators appointed by the Authority and the labor organization, promptly after the receipt of such list, shall determine by lot the order of elimination, and thereafter each shall in that order alternately eliminate one name until only one name remains. The remaining person on the list shall be the third arbitrator. The term "labor dispute" shall be broadly construed and shall include any controversy concerning wages, salaries, hours, working conditions, or benefits, including health and welfare, sick leave, insurance, or pension or retirement provisions, but not limited thereto, and including any controversy concerning any differences or questions that may arise between the parties including but not limited to the making or maintaining of collective bargaining agreements, the terms to be included in such agreements, and the interpretation or application of such collective bargaining agreements and any grievance that may arise. Each party shall pay one-half of the expenses of such arbitration.
(Source: P.A. 83-886.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.20

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.20) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.20)
    Sec. 2.20. General Powers.
    (a) Except as otherwise limited by this Act, the Authority shall also have all powers necessary to meet its responsibilities and to carry out its purposes, including, but not limited to, the following powers:
        (i) To sue and be sued;
        (ii) To invest any funds or any monies not required
    
for immediate use or disbursement, as provided in "An Act relating to certain investments of public funds by public agencies", approved July 23, 1943, as now or hereafter amended;
        (iii) To make, amend and repeal by-laws, rules and
    
regulations, and ordinances not inconsistent with this Act;
        (iv) To hold, sell, sell by installment contract,
    
lease as lessor, transfer or dispose of such real or personal property as it deems appropriate in the exercise of its powers or to provide for the use thereof by any transportation agency and to mortgage, pledge or otherwise grant security interests in any such property;
        (v) To enter at reasonable times upon such lands,
    
waters or premises as in the judgment of the Authority may be necessary, convenient or desirable for the purpose of making surveys, soundings, borings and examinations to accomplish any purpose authorized by this Act after having given reasonable notice of such proposed entry to the owners and occupants of such lands, waters or premises, the Authority being liable only for actual damage caused by such activity;
        (vi) To make and execute all contracts and other
    
instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of its powers;
        (vii) To enter into contracts of group insurance for
    
the benefit of its employees and to provide for retirement or pensions or other employee benefit arrangements for such employees, and to assume obligations for pensions or other employee benefit arrangements for employees of transportation agencies, all or part of the facilities of which are acquired by the Authority;
        (viii) To provide for the insurance of any property,
    
directors, officers, employees or operations of the Authority against any risk or hazard, and to self-insure or participate in joint self-insurance pools or entities to insure against such risk or hazard;
        (ix) To appear before the Illinois Commerce
    
Commission in all proceedings concerning the Authority, a Service Board or any transportation agency; and
        (x) To pass all ordinances and make all rules and
    
regulations proper or necessary to regulate the use, operation and maintenance of its property and facilities and, by ordinance, to prescribe fines or penalties for violations thereof. No fine or penalty shall exceed $1,000 per offense. Any ordinance providing for any fine or penalty shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the metropolitan region. No such ordinance shall take effect until 10 days after its publication.
    The Authority may enter into arbitration arrangements, which may be final and binding.
    The Commuter Rail Board shall continue the separate public corporation, known as the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation, as a separate operating unit to operate on behalf of the Commuter Rail Board commuter railroad facilities, subject at all times to the supervision and direction of the Commuter Rail Board and may, by ordinance, dissolve such Corporation. Such Corporation shall be governed by a Board of Directors which shall consist of the members of the Transition Board until such time as all of the members of the Commuter Rail Board are appointed and qualified and thereafter the members of the Commuter Rail Board. Such Corporation shall have all the powers given the Authority and the Commuter Rail Board under Article II of this Act (other than under Section 2.13) as are delegated to it by ordinance of the Commuter Rail Board with regard to such operation of facilities and the same exemptions, restrictions and limitations as are provided by law with regard to the Authority shall apply to such Corporation. Such Corporation shall be a transportation agency as provided in this Act except for purposes of paragraph (e) of Section 3.01 of this Act.
    The Authority shall cooperate with the Illinois Commerce Commission and local law enforcement agencies in establishing a two year pilot program in DuPage County to determine the effectiveness of an automated railroad grade crossing enforcement system.
    (b) In each case in which this Act gives the Authority the power to construct or acquire real or personal property, the Authority shall have the power to acquire such property by contract, purchase, gift, grant, exchange for other property or rights in property, lease (or sublease) or installment or conditional purchase contracts, which leases or contracts may provide for consideration therefor to be paid in annual installments during a period not exceeding 40 years. Property may be acquired subject to such conditions, restrictions, liens, or security or other interests of other parties as the Authority may deem appropriate, and in each case the Authority may acquire a joint, leasehold, easement, license or other partial interest in such property. Any such acquisition may provide for the assumption of, or agreement to pay, perform or discharge outstanding or continuing duties, obligations or liabilities of the seller, lessor, donor or other transferor of or of the trustee with regard to such property. In connection with the acquisition of public transportation equipment, including, but not limited to, rolling stock, vehicles, locomotives, buses or rapid transit equipment, the Authority may also execute agreements concerning such equipment leases, equipment trust certificates, conditional purchase agreements and such other security agreements and may make such agreements and covenants as required, in the form customarily used in such cases appropriate to effect such acquisition. Obligations of the Authority incurred pursuant to this Section shall not be considered bonds or notes within the meaning of Section 4.04 of this Act.
    (c) The Authority shall assume all costs of rights, benefits and protective conditions to which any employee is entitled under this Act from any transportation agency in the event of the inability of the transportation agency to meet its obligations in relation thereto due to bankruptcy or insolvency, provided that the Authority shall retain the right to proceed against the bankrupt or insolvent transportation agency or its successors, trustees, assigns or debtors for the costs assumed. The Authority may mitigate its liability under this paragraph (c) and under Section 2.16 to the extent of employment and employment benefits which it tenders.
(Source: P.A. 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.21

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.21) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.21)
    Sec. 2.21. (a) The Authority or the Commuter Rail Board may not in the exercise of its powers to provide effective public transportation as provided by this Act:
    (i) require or authorize the operation of, or operate or acquire by eminent domain or otherwise, any public transportation facility or service on terms or in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the ability of a railroad to provide efficient freight or inter-city passenger service. This subparagraph shall not bar the Authority from acquiring title to any property pursuant to Section 2.13 in a manner consistent with this subparagraph.
    (ii) obtain by eminent domain any interest in any right of way or any other real property of a railroad which is not a public body in excess of the interest to be used for public transportation as provided in this Act.
    (iii) prohibit the operation of public transportation by a private carrier that does not receive a grant or purchase of service contract from the Authority or a Service Board.
    (b) If in connection with any construction, acquisition, or other activity undertaken by or for the Authority or a Service Board, or pursuant to any purchase of service or grant agreement with the Authority or a Service Board, any facility of a public utility (as defined in "An Act concerning public utilities", approved June 29, 1921, as amended), is removed or relocated from its then-existing site all costs and expenses of such relocation or removal, including the cost of installing such facilities in a new location or locations, and the cost of any land or lands, or interest in land, or any rights required to accomplish such relocation or removal, shall be paid by the Authority or a Service Board. If any such facilities are so relocated onto the properties of the Authority or the Service Board or onto properties made available for that purpose by the Authority or the Service Board, there shall be no rent, fee, or other charge of any kind imposed upon the public utility owning or operating such facilities in excess of that imposed prior to such relocation and such public utility, and its successors and assigns, shall be granted the right to operate such facilities in the new location or locations for as long a period and upon the same terms and conditions as it had the right to maintain and operate such facilities in their former location. Nothing in this paragraph (b) shall prevent the Authority or the Service Board and a transportation agency from agreeing in a purchase of service agreement or otherwise to make different arrangements for such relocations or the costs thereof.
(Source: P.A. 83-885; 83-886.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.22

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.22) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.22)
    Sec. 2.22. It is the policy of this State that all powers granted, either expressly or by necessary implication, by this Act or any other Illinois statute to the Authority may be exercised by the Authority notwithstanding effects on competition. It is the intention of the General Assembly that the "State action exemption" to the application of federal antitrust statutes be fully available to the Authority to the extent its activities are authorized by law as stated herein.
(Source: P.A. 83-929.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.23

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.23) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.23)
    Sec. 2.23. Purchases made pursuant to this Act shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act", approved by the Eighty-fourth General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 84-731.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.24

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.24) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.24)
    Sec. 2.24. Drug and alcohol testing. The Regional Transportation Authority, and all of the Service Boards subject to the Authority, including the Chicago Transportation Authority, shall be responsible for the establishment, maintenance, administration and enforcement of a comprehensive drug and alcohol testing program which is in absolute conformity with Federal statutes and regulations currently in effect.
(Source: P.A. 88-619, eff. 1-1-95.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.30

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.30)
    Sec. 2.30. Paratransit services.
    (a) For purposes of this Act, "ADA paratransit services" shall mean those comparable or specialized transportation services provided by, or under grant or purchase of service contracts of, the Service Boards to individuals with disabilities who are unable to use fixed route transportation systems and who are determined to be eligible, for some or all of their trips, for such services under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its implementing regulations.
    (b) Beginning July 1, 2005, the Authority is responsible for the funding, from amounts on deposit in the ADA Paratransit Fund established under Section 2.01d of this Act, financial review and oversight of all ADA paratransit services that are provided by the Authority or by any of the Service Boards. The Suburban Bus Board shall operate or provide for the operation of all ADA paratransit services by no later than July 1, 2006, except that this date may be extended to the extent necessary to obtain approval from the Federal Transit Administration of the plan prepared pursuant to subsection (c).
    (c) No later than January 1, 2006, the Authority, in collaboration with the Suburban Bus Board and the Chicago Transit Authority, shall develop a plan for the provision of ADA paratransit services and submit such plan to the Federal Transit Administration for approval. Approval of such plan by the Authority shall require the affirmative votes of 12 of the then Directors. The Suburban Bus Board, the Chicago Transit Authority and the Authority shall comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its implementing regulations in developing and approving such plan including, without limitation, consulting with individuals with disabilities and groups representing them in the community, and providing adequate opportunity for public comment and public hearings. The plan shall include the contents required for a paratransit plan pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its implementing regulations. The plan shall also include, without limitation, provisions to:
        (1) maintain, at a minimum, the levels of ADA
    
paratransit service that are required to be provided by the Service Boards pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its implementing regulations;
        (2) transfer the appropriate ADA paratransit
    
services, management, personnel, service contracts and assets from the Chicago Transit Authority to the Authority or the Suburban Bus Board, as necessary, by no later than July 1, 2006, except that this date may be extended to the extent necessary to obtain approval from the Federal Transit Administration of the plan prepared pursuant to this subsection (c);
        (3) provide for consistent policies throughout the
    
metropolitan region for scheduling of ADA paratransit service trips to and from destinations, with consideration of scheduling of return trips on a "will-call" open-ended basis upon request of the rider, if practicable, and with consideration of an increased number of trips available by subscription service than are available as of the effective date of this amendatory Act;
        (4) provide that service contracts and rates, entered
    
into or set after the approval by the Federal Transit Administration of the plan prepared pursuant to subsection (c) of this Section, with private carriers and taxicabs for ADA paratransit service are procured by means of an open procurement process;
        (5) provide for fares, fare collection and billing
    
procedures for ADA paratransit services throughout the metropolitan region;
        (6) provide for performance standards for all ADA
    
paratransit service transportation carriers, with consideration of door-to-door service;
        (7) provide, in cooperation with the Illinois
    
Department of Transportation, the Illinois Department of Public Aid and other appropriate public agencies and private entities, for the application and receipt of grants, including, without limitation, reimbursement from Medicaid or other programs for ADA paratransit services;
        (8) provide for a system of dispatch of ADA
    
paratransit services transportation carriers throughout the metropolitan region, with consideration of county-based dispatch systems already in place as of the effective date of this amendatory Act;
        (9) provide for a process of determining eligibility
    
for ADA paratransit services that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its implementing regulations;
        (10) provide for consideration of innovative methods
    
to provide and fund ADA paratransit services; and
        (11) provide for the creation of one or more ADA
    
advisory boards, or the reconstitution of the existing ADA advisory boards for the Service Boards, to represent the diversity of individuals with disabilities in the metropolitan region and to provide appropriate ongoing input from individuals with disabilities into the operation of ADA paratransit services.
    (d) All revisions and annual updates to the ADA paratransit services plan developed pursuant to subsection (c) of this Section, or certifications of continued compliance in lieu of plan updates, that are required to be provided to the Federal Transit Administration shall be developed by the Authority, in collaboration with the Suburban Bus Board and the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Authority shall submit such revision, update or certification to the Federal Transit Administration for approval. Approval of such revisions, updates or certifications by the Authority shall require the affirmative votes of 12 of the then Directors.
    (e) The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Department of Public Aid, the Authority, the Suburban Bus Board and the Chicago Transit Authority shall enter into intergovernmental agreements as may be necessary to provide funding and accountability for, and implementation of, the requirements of this Section.
    (f) By no later than April 1, 2007, the Authority shall develop and submit to the General Assembly and the Governor a funding plan for ADA paratransit services. Approval of such plan by the Authority shall require the affirmative votes of 12 of the then Directors. The funding plan shall, at a minimum, contain an analysis of the current costs of providing ADA paratransit services, projections of the long-term costs of providing ADA paratransit services, identification of and recommendations for possible cost efficiencies in providing ADA paratransit services, and identification of and recommendations for possible funding sources for providing ADA paratransit services. The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Department of Public Aid, the Suburban Bus Board, the Chicago Transit Authority and other State and local public agencies as appropriate shall cooperate with the Authority in the preparation of such funding plan.
    (g) Any funds derived from the federal Medicaid program for reimbursement of the costs of providing ADA paratransit services within the metropolitan region shall be directed to the Authority and shall be used to pay for or reimburse the costs of providing such services.
    (h) Nothing in this amendatory Act shall be construed to conflict with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its implementing regulations.
(Source: P.A. 94-370, eff. 7-29-05; 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.31

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.31)
    Sec. 2.31. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Contracting and Equal Employment Opportunity Programs. The Authority and each Service Board shall, as soon as is practicable but in no event later than two years after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, establish and maintain a disadvantaged business enterprise contracting program designed to ensure non-discrimination in the award and administration of contracts not covered under a federally mandated disadvantaged business enterprise program. The program shall establish narrowly tailored goals for the participation of disadvantaged business enterprises as the Authority and each Service Board determines appropriate. The goals shall be based on demonstrable evidence of the availability of ready, willing, and able disadvantaged business enterprises relative to all businesses ready, willing, and able to participate on the program's contracts. The program shall require the Authority and each Service Board to monitor the progress of the contractors' obligations with respect to the program's goals. Nothing in this program shall conflict with or interfere with the maintenance or operation of, or compliance with, any federally mandated disadvantaged business enterprise program.
    The Authority and each Service Board shall establish and maintain a program designed to promote equal employment opportunity. Each year, no later than October 1, the Authority and each Service Board shall report to the General Assembly on the number of their respective employees and the number of their respective employees who have designated themselves as members of a minority group and gender.
    Each year no later than October 1, and starting no later than the October 1 after the establishment of their disadvantaged business enterprise contracting programs, the Authority and each Service Board shall submit a report with respect to such program to the General Assembly. In addition, each year no later than October 1, the Authority and each Service Board shall submit a copy of its federally mandated semi-annual Uniform Report of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Awards or Commitments and Payments to the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/2.32

    (70 ILCS 3615/2.32)
    Sec. 2.32. Clean/green vehicles. Any vehicles purchased from funds made available to the Authority from the Transportation Bond, Series B Fund must incorporate clean/green technologies and alternative fuel technologies, to the extent practical.
(Source: P.A. 96-8, eff. 4-28-09.)