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Full Text of HB3597  97th General Assembly


Rep. William D. Burns

Filed: 4/7/2011





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3597 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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,



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1certificates and other obligations payable from said revenues
2and to meet all other charges upon such revenues as provided by
3any trust agreement executed by the Authority in connection
4with the issuance of bonds or certificates under this Act, (b)
5for the payment of all operating costs including all charges
6which may be incurred pursuant to Sections 29 and 39 of this
7Act and all other costs and charges incidental to the operation
8of the transportation system, (c) for the payment of all costs
9and charges incurred pursuant to Sections 37 and 38 of this Act
10and any other costs and charges for acquisition, installation,
11construction or for replacement or reconstruction of
12equipment, structures or rights of way not financed through
13issuance of bonds or certificates under Section 12 of this Act,
14and (d) for any compensation required to be paid to any
15municipality for the use of streets, subways and other public
16ways. The Board may provide free transportation within any
17municipality in and by which they are employed for firemen and
18public health nurses, when in uniform, and policemen when in
19uniform or, when not in uniform, upon presentation of
20identification as policemen, and shall provide free
21transportation to sworn law enforcement personnel of the Cook
22County Sheriff's Department when in uniform or, when not in
23uniform, upon presentation of identification as sworn law
24enforcement personnel of the Cook County Sheriff's Department,
25and may provide free transportation for employees of the
26Authority when in uniform or upon presentation of



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1identification as such employees, and may enter into agreements
2with the United States Post Office Department for the
3transportation of mail, and the payment of compensation to the
4Authority in lieu of fares for the transportation of letter
5carriers, when in uniform at all times.
6    The Board may also provide free transportation, or
7transportation at reduced fares, to all or designated classes
8of pupils in attendance at public schools of school districts
9within or partly within the territorial limits of the
10Authority, or in attendance at private schools offering grades
11of instruction comparable to those offered in public schools,
12under such conditions as shall be prescribed by the Board, and,
13if otherwise authorized by law, the Board may contract with
14public school boards and representatives of private schools,
15for reimbursement of pupil transportation costs from public
17(Source: P.A. 83-886.)
18    Section 10. The Regional Transportation Authority Act is
19amended by changing Section 2.04 and adding Sections 2.35,
202.37, 3B.20, and 3B.25 as follows:
21    (70 ILCS 3615/2.04)  (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 702.04)
22    Sec. 2.04. Fares and Nature of Service.
23    (a) Whenever a Service Board provides any public
24transportation by operating public transportation facilities,



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1the Service Board shall provide for the level and nature of
2fares or charges to be made for such services, and the nature
3and standards of public transportation to be so provided that
4meet the goals and objectives adopted by the Authority in the
5Strategic Plan. Provided, however that if the Board adopts a
6budget and financial plan for a Service Board in accordance
7with the provisions in Section 4.11(b)(5), the Board may
8consistent with the terms of any purchase of service contract
9provide for the level and nature of fares to be made for such
10services under the jurisdiction of that Service Board, and the
11nature and standards of public transportation to be so
13    (b) Whenever a Service Board provides any public
14transportation pursuant to grants made after June 30, 1975, to
15transportation agencies for operating expenses (other than
16with regard to experimental programs) or pursuant to any
17purchase of service agreement, the purchase of service
18agreement or grant contract shall provide for the level and
19nature of fares or charges to be made for such services, and
20the nature and standards of public transportation to be so
21provided. A Service Board shall require all transportation
22agencies with which it contracts, or from which it purchases
23transportation services or to which it makes grants to provide
24half fare transportation for their student riders if any of
25such agencies provide for half fare transportation to their
26student riders.



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1    (c) In so providing for the fares or charges and the nature
2and standards of public transportation, any purchase of service
3agreements or grant contracts shall provide, among other
4matters, for the terms or cost of transfers or interconnections
5between different modes of transportation and different public
6transportation agencies, schedules or routes of such service,
7changes which may be made in such service, the nature and
8condition of the facilities used in providing service, the
9manner of collection and disposition of fares or charges, the
10records and reports to be kept and made concerning such
11service, for interchangeable tickets or other coordinated or
12uniform methods of collection of charges, and shall further
13require that the transportation agency comply with any
14determination made by the Board of the Authority under and
15subject to the provisions of Section 2.12b of this Act. In
16regard to any such service, the Authority and the Service
17Boards shall give attention to and may undertake programs to
18promote use of public transportation and to provide coordinated
19ticket sales and passenger information. In the case of a grant
20to a transportation agency which remains subject to Illinois
21Commerce Commission supervision and regulation, the Service
22Boards shall exercise the powers set forth in this Section in a
23manner consistent with such supervision and regulation by the
24Illinois Commerce Commission.
25    (d) By January 1, 2013, the Authority, in consultation with
26the Service Boards and the general public, must develop a



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1policy regarding transfer fares on all fixed-route public
2transportation services provided by the Service Boards. The
3policy shall also set forth the fare sharing agreements between
4the Service Boards that apply to interagency fare passes and
5tickets. The policy established by the Authority shall be
6submitted to each of the Service Boards for its approval or
7comments and objection. After receiving the policy, the Service
8Boards have 90 days to approve or take other action regarding
9the policy. If all of the Service Boards agree to the policy,
10then a regional agreement shall be created and signed by each
11of the Service Boards. The terms of the agreement may be
12changed upon petition by any of the Service Boards and by
13agreement of the other Service Boards.
14    (e) By January 1, 2015, the Authority must develop and
15implement a regional fare payment system. The regional fare
16payment system must use and conform with established
17information security industry standards and requirements of
18the financial industry. The system must allow consumers to use
19contactless credit cards, debit cards, and prepaid cards to pay
20for all fixed-route public transportation services. Beginning
21in 2012 and each year thereafter until 2015, the Authority must
22submit an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly
23describing the progress of the Authority and each of the
24Service Boards in implementing the regional fare payment
25system. The Authority must adopt rules to implement the
26requirements set forth in this Section.



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1(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)
2    (70 ILCS 3615/2.35 new)
3    Sec. 2.35. Vehicle arrival information. By July 1, 2012,
4all Service Boards must make available web-based, real-time
5vehicle arrival information for use by riders for all
6fixed-route public transportation services. The Authority
7shall have access to all universally acceptable data feeds for
8vehicle arrival information.
9    (70 ILCS 3615/2.37 new)
10    Sec. 2.37. Wireless Internet study. By January 1, 2012, the
11Authority must prepare and submit a report to the Governor and
12General Assembly regarding the feasibility of providing
13wireless Internet services on all fixed-route public
14transportation services.
15    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.20 new)
16    Sec. 3B.20. Wireless Internet. The Commuter Rail Board must
17provide wireless Internet service on all passenger trains it
18owns or operates by January 1, 2012, but only if the service
19can be provided with no cost to the Commuter Rail Division.
20    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.25 new)
21    Sec. 3B.25. Automated external defibrillators. The
22Commuter Rail Board must conduct a study concerning the



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1installation and use of automated external defibrillators on
2passenger trains operated by the Commuter Rail Board. No later
3than one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act
4of the 97th General Assembly, the Commuter Rail Board must
5report to the Governor and the General Assembly the results of
6the study. For the purposes of this Section, "automated
7external defibrillator" has the meaning ascribed to that term
8in Section 10 of the Automated External Defibrillator Act.
9    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
10becoming law.".