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SPECIAL DISTRICTS70 ILCS 3615/Art. I
(70 ILCS 3615/) Regional Transportation Authority Act.
(70 ILCS 3615/Art. I heading)
PURPOSES AND CREATION.
70 ILCS 3615/1.01
(70 ILCS 3615/1.01)
(from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 701.01)
This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Regional Transportation
(Source: P.A. 78-3rd S.S.-5
70 ILCS 3615/1.02
(70 ILCS 3615/1.02)
(from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 701.02)
Findings and Purpose.
(a) The General Assembly finds;
(i) Public transportation is, as provided in Section
7 of Article XIII of the Illinois Constitution, an essential public purpose for which public funds may be expended and that Section authorizes the State to provide financial assistance to units of local government for distribution to providers of public transportation. There is an urgent need to reform and continue a unit of local government to assure the proper management of public transportation and to receive and distribute State or federal operating assistance and to raise and distribute revenues for local operating assistance. System generated revenues are not adequate for such service and a public need exists to provide for, aid and assist public transportation in the northeastern area of the State, consisting of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties.
(ii) Comprehensive and coordinated regional public
transportation is essential to the public health, safety and welfare. It is essential to economic well-being, maintenance of full employment, conservation of sources of energy and land for open space and reduction of traffic congestion and for providing and maintaining a healthful environment for the benefit of present and future generations in the metropolitan region. Public transportation improves the mobility of the public and improves access to jobs, commercial facilities, schools and cultural attractions. Public transportation decreases air pollution and other environmental hazards resulting from excessive use of automobiles and allows for more efficient land use and planning.
(iii) Because system generated receipts are not
presently adequate, public transportation facilities and services in the northeastern area are in grave financial condition. With existing methods of financing, coordination and management, and relative convenience of automobiles, such public transportation facilities are not providing adequate public transportation to insure the public health, safety and welfare.
(iv) Additional commitments to the public
transportation needs of persons with disabilities, the economically disadvantaged, and the elderly are necessary.
(v) To solve these problems, it is necessary to
provide for the creation of a regional transportation authority with the powers necessary to insure adequate public transportation.
(b) The General Assembly further finds, in connection with this amendatory
Act of 1983:
(i) Substantial, recurring deficits in the operations
of public transportation services subject to the jurisdiction of the Regional Transportation Authority and periodic cash shortages have occurred either of which could bring about a loss of public transportation services throughout the metropolitan region at any time;
(ii) A substantial or total loss of public
transportation services or any segment thereof would create an emergency threatening the safety and well-being of the people in the northeastern area of the State; and
(iii) To meet the urgent needs of the people of the
metropolitan region that such an emergency be averted and to provide financially sound methods of managing the provision of public transportation services in the northeastern area of the State, it is necessary, while maintaining and continuing the existing Authority, to modify the powers and responsibilities of the Authority, to reallocate responsibility for operating decisions, to change the composition and appointment of the Board of Directors thereof, and to immediately establish a new Board of Directors.
(c) The General Assembly further finds in connection with this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly:
(i) The economic vitality of northeastern Illinois
requires regionwide and systemwide efforts to increase ridership on the transit systems, constrain road congestion within the metropolitan region, and allocate resources for transportation so as to assist in the development of an adequate, efficient, geographically equitable and coordinated regional transportation system that is in a state of good repair.
(ii) To achieve the purposes of this amendatory Act
of the 95th General Assembly, the powers and duties of the Authority must be enhanced to improve overall planning and coordination, to achieve an integrated and efficient regional transit system, to advance the mobility of transit users, and to increase financial transparency of the Authority and the Service Boards.
It is the purpose of this Act to provide for, aid and
assist public transportation in the northeastern area of the State without
impairing the overall quality of existing public transportation by
providing for the creation of a single authority responsive to the
people and elected officials of the area and with the power and
competence to develop, implement, and enforce plans that promote adequate, efficient, geographically equitable and coordinated public transportation, provide financial review of the providers of public
in the metropolitan region and facilitate public transportation provided
by Service Boards which is attractive and economical to users, comprehensive,
coordinated among its
various elements, economical, safe, efficient and coordinated with area
and State plans.
(Source: P.A. 98-1027, eff. 1-1-15; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)
70 ILCS 3615/1.03
(70 ILCS 3615/1.03)
(from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 701.03)
As used in this Act:
"Authority" means the Regional Transportation Authority;
"Board" means the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation
"Construct or acquire" means plan, design, construct, reconstruct,
improve, modify, extend, landscape, expand or acquire;
"Metropolitan Region" means all territory included within the territory
of the Authority as provided in this Act, and such territory as may be
annexed to the Authority;
"Municipality", "County" and "Unit of Local Government" have the
meanings given to such terms in Section 1 of Article VII of the Illinois
"Operate" means operate, maintain, administer, repair, promote and any
other acts necessary or proper with regard to such matters;
"Public Transportation" means the transportation or conveyance of
persons within the metropolitan region by means available to the general
public, including groups of the general public with special needs, except
for transportation by automobiles not used for conveyance of the general
public as passengers;
"Public Transportation Facilities" means all equipment or property, real
or personal, or rights therein, useful or necessary for providing,
maintaining or administering public transportation within the metropolitan
region or otherwise useful for carrying out or meeting the purposes or
powers of the Authority, except it shall not include roads, streets,
highways or bridges or toll highways or toll bridges for general public
"Service Boards" means the Board of the Commuter Rail Division of the
Authority, the Board of the Suburban Bus Division of the Authority and the
Board of the Chicago Transit Authority established pursuant to the "Metropolitan Transit
Authority Act", approved April 12, 1945, as now or hereafter amended.
"Transportation Agency" means any individual, firm, partnership,
corporation, association, body politic, municipal corporation, public
authority, unit of local government or other person, other than the
Authority and the Service Boards, which provides public transportation,
any local mass transit district created pursuant to the "Local Mass Transit
District Act", as now or hereafter amended, and any urban transportation
district created pursuant to the "Urban Transportation District Act", as
now or hereafter amended, which districts are located in whole or in part
within the metropolitan region.
(Source: P.A. 83-885; 83-886.)
70 ILCS 3615/1.04
(70 ILCS 3615/1.04)
(from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 701.04)
Establishment of Authority.
A regional transportation authority shall be established upon a
favorable vote at the referendum held as provided in Section 1.05 of this
Act. Upon its establishment the Authority shall be a unit of local
government, body politic, political subdivision and municipal corporation.
(Source: P.A. 78-3rd S.S.-5.)
70 ILCS 3615/1.05
(70 ILCS 3615/1.05)
(from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 701.05)
Referendum on Establishment.
A special referendum election shall be held at which there shall be
submitted to the electors in the metropolitan region the proposition to
approve creation of the Authority, which proposition shall be in
substantially the following form:
Shall a Regional Transportation Authority be created for Cook,
DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties, Illinois?
The special referendum election shall be conducted by the County
Clerks and Boards of Election Commissioners in the metropolitan region
pursuant to the provisions of "The Election Code", approved May 11,
1943, as amended, except as is specifically provided otherwise in this
Section. The special referendum election shall be held at the same time
and with the same judges, polling places and precincts as for the
regular primary elections to be held on March 19, 1974, in the
The proposition shall be submitted to the electors on a separate
paper ballot to be printed on blue paper. The State Board of Elections
shall prepare and certify the form of ballot to the County Clerks and
Boards of Election Commissioners in the metropolitan region.
Notice of the referendum election shall be given by the State Board
of Elections. In addition, such notice may be given by the County Clerks
and Boards of Election Commissioners. Each notice of the special
election shall set forth the proposition to be voted upon, the date of
the election and the time the polling places will be open and shall
state that the polling places and precincts for such election shall be
the same as for the primary elections held on such date. The notice
given by the State Board of Elections shall be published in one or more
daily newspapers of general circulation in the metropolitan region at
least once not less than 20 days prior to the election. Notice of the
special referendum election need not set forth the precincts or polling
places in detail. Notices given by County Clerks or Boards of Election
Commissioners shall be in the form prescribed by the State Board of
The votes shall be canvassed and returned in the manner provided for
public measures submitted to the electors of the entire State, including
the provisions for tally sheets, certificates of results, canvassing and
abstracts of votes. Only those ballots properly marked yes or no shall
be counted in the referendum. Each municipal Board of Election
Commissioners shall make its return to the County Clerk of the County in
which it is located; the County Clerks and any County Board of Election
Commissioners shall each make returns covering their entire county to
the State Board of Elections. Each County Clerk and Board of Election
Commissioners shall prepare and certify an abstract of votes cast on the
proposition in the precincts within its election jurisdiction. The
County Clerks and any county Board of Election Commissioners shall
transmit the certified abstracts to the State Board of Elections with
its return within 10 days of the referendum. To meet this deadline, the
County Clerks and Boards of Election Commissioners shall canvass the
votes cast in the special referendum election prior to canvassing the
votes cast for any office in the regular primary election, and may
certify the results of and make returns on the special referendum
election prior to completing those procedures for the regular primary
The State Board of Elections shall proclaim and certify the results
of the referendum election. If a majority of those electors properly
marking ballots on the proposition vote in favor of the creation of the
Authority, such Authority shall thereby be established.
(Source: P.A. 78-3rd S.S.-5.)