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Full Text of HB3597  97th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning local government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Metropolitan Transit Authority Act is
5amended by changing Section 30 as follows:
6    (70 ILCS 3605/30)  (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 330)
7    Sec. 30. The Board shall make all rules and regulations
8governing the operation of the transportation system, shall
9determine all routings and change the same whenever it is
10deemed advisable by the Board, subject to the provisions of any
11ordinance granting rights to the Authority. Except as provided
12in Sections 2.04 and Section 4.11(b)(5) of the "Regional
13Transportation Authority Act", the Board shall fix rates, fares
14and charges for transportation, provided that they shall be at
15all times sufficient in the aggregate to provide revenues (a)
16for the payment of the interest on and principal of all bonds,
17certificates and other obligations payable from said revenues
18and to meet all other charges upon such revenues as provided by
19any trust agreement executed by the Authority in connection
20with the issuance of bonds or certificates under this Act, (b)
21for the payment of all operating costs including all charges
22which may be incurred pursuant to Sections 29 and 39 of this
23Act and all other costs and charges incidental to the operation



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1of the transportation system, (c) for the payment of all costs
2and charges incurred pursuant to Sections 37 and 38 of this Act
3and any other costs and charges for acquisition, installation,
4construction or for replacement or reconstruction of
5equipment, structures or rights of way not financed through
6issuance of bonds or certificates under Section 12 of this Act,
7and (d) for any compensation required to be paid to any
8municipality for the use of streets, subways and other public
9ways. The Board may provide free transportation within any
10municipality in and by which they are employed for firemen and
11public health nurses, when in uniform, and policemen when in
12uniform or, when not in uniform, upon presentation of
13identification as policemen, and shall provide free
14transportation to sworn law enforcement personnel of the Cook
15County Sheriff's Department when in uniform or, when not in
16uniform, upon presentation of identification as sworn law
17enforcement personnel of the Cook County Sheriff's Department,
18and may provide free transportation for employees of the
19Authority when in uniform or upon presentation of
20identification as such employees, and may enter into agreements
21with the United States Post Office Department for the
22transportation of mail, and the payment of compensation to the
23Authority in lieu of fares for the transportation of letter
24carriers, when in uniform at all times.
25    The Board may also provide free transportation, or
26transportation at reduced fares, to all or designated classes



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1of pupils in attendance at public schools of school districts
2within or partly within the territorial limits of the
3Authority, or in attendance at private schools offering grades
4of instruction comparable to those offered in public schools,
5under such conditions as shall be prescribed by the Board, and,
6if otherwise authorized by law, the Board may contract with
7public school boards and representatives of private schools,
8for reimbursement of pupil transportation costs from public
10(Source: P.A. 83-886.)
11    Section 10. The Regional Transportation Authority Act is
12amended by changing Section 2.04 and adding Sections 2.35,
132.37, 3B.20, and 3B.25 as follows:
14    (70 ILCS 3615/2.04)  (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.04)
15    Sec. 2.04. Fares and Nature of Service.
16    (a) Whenever a Service Board provides any public
17transportation by operating public transportation facilities,
18the Service Board shall provide for the level and nature of
19fares or charges to be made for such services, and the nature
20and standards of public transportation to be so provided that
21meet the goals and objectives adopted by the Authority in the
22Strategic Plan. Provided, however that if the Board adopts a
23budget and financial plan for a Service Board in accordance
24with the provisions in Section 4.11(b)(5), the Board may



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1consistent with the terms of any purchase of service contract
2provide for the level and nature of fares to be made for such
3services under the jurisdiction of that Service Board, and the
4nature and standards of public transportation to be so
6    (b) Whenever a Service Board provides any public
7transportation pursuant to grants made after June 30, 1975, to
8transportation agencies for operating expenses (other than
9with regard to experimental programs) or pursuant to any
10purchase of service agreement, the purchase of service
11agreement or grant contract shall provide for the level and
12nature of fares or charges to be made for such services, and
13the nature and standards of public transportation to be so
14provided. A Service Board shall require all transportation
15agencies with which it contracts, or from which it purchases
16transportation services or to which it makes grants to provide
17half fare transportation for their student riders if any of
18such agencies provide for half fare transportation to their
19student riders.
20    (c) In so providing for the fares or charges and the nature
21and standards of public transportation, any purchase of service
22agreements or grant contracts shall provide, among other
23matters, for the terms or cost of transfers or interconnections
24between different modes of transportation and different public
25transportation agencies, schedules or routes of such service,
26changes which may be made in such service, the nature and



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1condition of the facilities used in providing service, the
2manner of collection and disposition of fares or charges, the
3records and reports to be kept and made concerning such
4service, for interchangeable tickets or other coordinated or
5uniform methods of collection of charges, and shall further
6require that the transportation agency comply with any
7determination made by the Board of the Authority under and
8subject to the provisions of Section 2.12b of this Act. In
9regard to any such service, the Authority and the Service
10Boards shall give attention to and may undertake programs to
11promote use of public transportation and to provide coordinated
12ticket sales and passenger information. In the case of a grant
13to a transportation agency which remains subject to Illinois
14Commerce Commission supervision and regulation, the Service
15Boards shall exercise the powers set forth in this Section in a
16manner consistent with such supervision and regulation by the
17Illinois Commerce Commission.
18    (d) By January 1, 2013, the Authority, in consultation with
19the Service Boards and the general public, must develop a
20policy regarding transfer fares on all fixed-route public
21transportation services provided by the Service Boards. The
22policy shall also set forth the fare sharing agreements between
23the Service Boards that apply to interagency fare passes and
24tickets. The policy established by the Authority shall be
25submitted to each of the Service Boards for its approval or
26comments and objection. After receiving the policy, the Service



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1Boards have 90 days to approve or take other action regarding
2the policy. If all of the Service Boards agree to the policy,
3then a regional agreement shall be created and signed by each
4of the Service Boards. The terms of the agreement may be
5changed upon petition by any of the Service Boards and by
6agreement of the other Service Boards.
7    (e) By January 1, 2015, the Authority must develop and
8implement a regional fare payment system. The regional fare
9payment system must use and conform with established
10information security industry standards and requirements of
11the financial industry. The system must allow consumers to use
12contactless credit cards, debit cards, and prepaid cards to pay
13for all fixed-route public transportation services. Beginning
14in 2012 and each year thereafter until 2015, the Authority must
15submit an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly
16describing the progress of the Authority and each of the
17Service Boards in implementing the regional fare payment
18system. The Authority must adopt rules to implement the
19requirements set forth in this Section.
20(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)
21    (70 ILCS 3615/2.35 new)
22    Sec. 2.35. Vehicle arrival information. By July 1, 2012,
23all Service Boards must make available web-based, real-time
24vehicle arrival information for use by riders for all
25fixed-route public transportation services. The Authority



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1shall have access to all universally acceptable data feeds for
2vehicle arrival information.
3    (70 ILCS 3615/2.37 new)
4    Sec. 2.37. Wireless Internet study. By January 1, 2012, the
5Authority must prepare and submit a report to the Governor and
6General Assembly regarding the feasibility of providing
7wireless Internet services on all fixed-route public
8transportation services.
9    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.20 new)
10    Sec. 3B.20. Wireless Internet. The Commuter Rail Board must
11provide wireless Internet service on all passenger trains it
12owns or operates by January 1, 2012, but only if the service
13can be provided with no cost to the Commuter Rail Division.
14    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.25 new)
15    Sec. 3B.25. Automated external defibrillators. The
16Commuter Rail Board must conduct a study concerning the
17installation and use of automated external defibrillators on
18passenger trains operated by the Commuter Rail Board. No later
19than one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act
20of the 97th General Assembly, the Commuter Rail Board must
21report to the Governor and the General Assembly the results of
22the study. For the purposes of this Section, "automated
23external defibrillator" has the meaning ascribed to that term



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1in Section 10 of the Automated External Defibrillator Act.
2    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
3becoming law.