(5 ILCS 225/2)
(from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 602)
For the purposes of this Act:
(a) "Railroad passenger service" means any railroad passenger service
within the State of Illinois, including the equipment and facilities used
in connection therewith, with the exception of the basic system operated by
the National Railroad Passenger Corporation pursuant to Title II and
Section 403(a) of the Federal Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970.
(b) "Federal Railroad Corporation" means the National Railroad Passenger
Corporation established pursuant to an Act of Congress known as the "Rail
Passenger Service Act of 1970."
(c) "Transportation system" means any and all modes of public
transportation within the State, including, but not limited to,
transportation of persons or property by rapid transit, rail, bus, and
aircraft, and all equipment, facilities and property, real and personal,
used in connection therewith.
(d) "Carrier" means any corporation, authority, partnership,
association, person or district authorized to maintain a transportation
system within the State with the exception of the Federal Railroad
(e) "Units of local government" means cities, villages, incorporated
towns, counties, municipalities, townships, and special districts,
including any district created pursuant to the "Local Mass Transit District
Act", approved July 21, 1959, as amended; any Authority created pursuant to
the "Metropolitan Transit Authority Act", approved April 12, 1945, as
amended; and, any authority, commission or other entity which by virtue of
an interstate compact approved by Congress is authorized to provide mass
(f) "Universities" means all public institutions of higher education as
defined in an "Act creating a Board of Higher Education, defining its
powers and duties, making an appropriation therefor, and repealing an Act
herein named", approved August 22, 1961, as amended, and all private
institutions of higher education as defined in the Illinois Finance Authority Act.
(g) "Department" means the Illinois Department of Transportation, or
such other department designated by law to perform the duties and functions
of the Illinois Department of Transportation prior to January 1, 1972.
(h) "Association" means any Transportation Service Association created
pursuant to Section 4 of this Act.
(i) "Contracting Parties" means any units of local government or
universities which have associated and joined together pursuant to Section
3 of this Act.
(j) "Governing authorities" means (1) the city council or similar
legislative body of a city; (2) the board of trustees or similar body of a
village or incorporated town; (3) the council of a municipality under the
commission form of municipal government; (4) the board of trustees in a
township; (5) the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, the
Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University,
the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, the Board of Trustees of
Eastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Governors State
University, the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University, the Board of
Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Northern
Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Western Illinois
University, and the Illinois Community College Board; (6) the county
board of a county; and (7) the trustees,
commissioners, board members, or directors of a university, special
district, authority or similar agency.
(Source: P.A. 93-205, eff. 1-1-04