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

70 ILCS 3615/Art. III-B

 
    (70 ILCS 3615/Art. III-B heading)
ARTICLE III-B
COMMUTER RAIL DIVISION

70 ILCS 3615/3B.01

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.01) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.01)
    Sec. 3B.01. Commuter Rail Division. There is established within the Authority the Commuter Rail Division as the operating division responsible for providing public transportation by commuter rail. Purchase of service agreements between a transportation agency and the Authority in effect on the effective date of this amendatory Act shall remain in full force and effect in accordance with the terms of such agreement. Such agreements shall first be the responsibility of the Transition Board and, on the date of its creation, shall become the responsibility of the Commuter Rail Division and its Board.
(Source: P.A. 83-885; 83-886.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.02

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.02) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.02)
    Sec. 3B.02. Commuter Rail Board.
    (a) Until April 1, 2008, the governing body of the Commuter Rail Division shall be a board consisting of 7 directors appointed pursuant to Sections 3B.03 and 3B.04, as follows:
        (1) One director shall be appointed by the Chairman
    
of the Board of DuPage County with the advice and consent of the County Board of DuPage County and shall reside in DuPage County.
        (2) Two directors appointed by the Chairmen of the
    
County Boards of Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties with the concurrence of not less than a majority of the chairmen from such counties, from nominees by the Chairmen. Each such chairman may nominate not more than two persons for each position. Each such director shall reside in a county in the metropolitan region other than Cook or DuPage County.
        (3) Three directors appointed by the members of the
    
Cook County Board elected from that part of Cook County outside of Chicago, or, in the event such Board of Commissioners becomes elected from single member districts, by those Commissioners elected from districts, a majority of the residents of which reside outside Chicago. In either case, such appointment shall be with the concurrence of four such Commissioners. Each such director shall reside in that part of Cook County outside Chicago.
        (4) One director appointed by the Mayor of the City
    
of Chicago, with the advice and consent of the City Council of the City of Chicago. Such director shall reside in the City of Chicago.
        (5) The chairman shall be appointed by the directors,
    
from the members of the board, with the concurrence of 5 of such directors.
    (b) After April 1, 2008 the governing body of the Commuter Rail Division shall be a board consisting of 11 directors appointed, pursuant to Sections 3B.03 and 3B.04, as follows:
        (1) One Director shall be appointed by the Chairman
    
of the DuPage County Board with the advice and consent of the DuPage County Board and shall reside in DuPage County. To implement the changes in appointing authority under this Section, upon the expiration of the term of or vacancy in office of the Director appointed under item (1) of subsection (a) of this Section who resides in DuPage County, a Director shall be appointed under this subparagraph.
        (2) One Director shall be appointed by the Chairman
    
of the McHenry County Board with the advice and consent of the McHenry County Board and shall reside in McHenry County. To implement the change in appointing authority under this Section, upon the expiration of the term of or vacancy in office of the Director appointed under item (2) of subsection (a) of this Section who resides in McHenry County, a Director shall be appointed under this subparagraph.
        (3) One Director shall be appointed by the Will
    
County Executive with the advice and consent of the Will County Board and shall reside in Will County. To implement the change in appointing authority under this Section, upon the expiration of the term of or vacancy in office of the Director appointed under item (2) of subsection (a) of this Section who resides in Will County, a Director shall be appointed under this subparagraph.
        (4) One Director shall be appointed by the Chairman
    
of the Lake County Board with the advice and consent of the Lake County Board and shall reside in Lake County.
        (5) One Director shall be appointed by the Chairman
    
of the Kane County Board with the advice and consent of the Kane County Board and shall reside in Kane County.
        (6) One Director shall be appointed by the Mayor of
    
the City of Chicago with the advice and consent of the City Council of the City of Chicago and shall reside in the City of Chicago. To implement the changes in appointing authority under this Section, upon the expiration of the term of or vacancy in office of the Director appointed under item (4) of subsection (a) of this Section who resides in the City of Chicago, a Director shall be appointed under this subparagraph.
        (7) Five Directors residing in Cook County outside of
    
the City of Chicago, as follows:
            (i) One Director who resides in Cook County
        
outside of the City of Chicago, appointed by the President of the Cook County Board with the advice and consent of the members of the Cook County Board.
            (ii) One Director who resides in the township of
        
Barrington, Palatine, Wheeling, Hanover, Schaumburg, or Elk Grove. To implement the changes in appointing authority under this Section, upon the expiration of the term of or vacancy in office of the Director appointed under paragraph (3) of subsection (a) of this Section who resides in the geographic area described in this subparagraph, a Director shall be appointed under this subparagraph.
            (iii) One Director who resides in the township of
        
Northfield, New Trier, Maine, Niles, Evanston, Leyden, Norwood Park, River Forest, or Oak Park.
            (iv) One Director who resides in the township of
        
Proviso, Riverside, Berwyn, Cicero, Lyons, Stickney, Lemont, Palos, or Orland. To implement the changes in appointing authority under this Section, upon the expiration of the term of or vacancy in office of the Director appointed under paragraph (3) of subsection (a) of this Section who resides in the geographic area described in this subparagraph and whose term of office had not expired as of August 1, 2007, a Director shall be appointed under this subparagraph.
            (v) One Director who resides in the township of
        
Worth, Calumet, Bremen, Thornton, Rich, or Bloom. To implement the changes in appointing authority under this Section, upon the expiration of the term of or vacancy in office of the Director appointed under paragraph (3) of subsection (a) of this Section who resides in the geographic area described in this subparagraph and whose term of office had expired as of August 1, 2007, a Director shall be appointed under this subparagraph.
            (vi) The Directors identified under the
        
provisions of subparagraphs (ii) through (v) of this paragraph (7) shall be appointed by the members of the Cook County Board. Each individual Director shall be appointed by those members of the Cook County Board whose Board districts overlap in whole or in part with the geographic territory described in the relevant subparagraph. The vote of County Board members eligible to appoint directors under the provisions of subparagraphs (ii) through (v) of this paragraph (7) shall be weighted by the number of electors residing in those portions of their Board districts within the geographic territory described in the relevant subparagraph (ii) through (v) of this paragraph (7).
        (8) The Chairman shall be appointed by the Directors,
    
from the members of the Board, with the concurrence of 8 of such Directors. To implement the changes in appointing authority under this Section, upon the expiration of the term of or vacancy in office of the Chairman appointed under item (5) of subsection (a) of this Section, a Chairman shall be appointed under this subparagraph.
    (c) No director, while serving as such, shall be an officer, a member of the board of directors or trustee or an employee of any transportation agency, or be an employee of the State of Illinois or any department or agency thereof, or of any county, municipality, or any other unit of local government or receive any compensation from any elected or appointed office under the Constitution and laws of Illinois.
    (d) Each appointment made under subsections (a) and (b) of this Section and under Section 3B.03 shall be certified by the appointing authority to the Commuter Rail Board which shall maintain the certifications as part of the official records of the Commuter Rail Board.
(Source: P.A. 98-709, eff. 7-16-14.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.03

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.03) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.03)
    Sec. 3B.03. Terms, Vacancies. Each director shall be appointed for a term of 4 years, and until his successor has been appointed and qualified. A vacancy shall occur upon the resignation, death, conviction of a felony, or removal from office of a director. Any director may be removed from office (i) upon the concurrence of not less than 8 directors, on a formal finding of incompetence, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office or (ii) by the Governor in response to a summary report received from the Executive Inspector General in accordance with Section 20-50 of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, provided he or she has an opportunity to be publicly heard in person or by counsel prior to removal. Within 30 days after the office of any director becomes vacant for any reason, the appropriate appointing authorities of such director, as provided in Section 3B.02, shall make an appointment to fill the vacancy. A vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08; 96-1528, eff. 7-1-11.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.04

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.04) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.04)
    Sec. 3B.04. Chairman and Other Officers. The Chairman shall preside at meetings of the Commuter Rail Board and shall be entitled to vote on all matters. The Commuter Rail Board shall select a Secretary and a Treasurer and may select persons to fill such other offices of the Division and to perform such duties as it shall from time to time determine. The Secretary, Treasurer and other officers of the Division may but need not be members of the Commuter Rail Board.
(Source: P.A. 83-886.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.05

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.05) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.05)
    Sec. 3B.05. Appointment of officers and employees. The Commuter Rail Board shall appoint an Executive Director who shall be the chief executive officer of the Division, appointed, retained or dismissed with the concurrence of 8 of the directors of the Commuter Rail Board. The Executive Director shall appoint, retain and employ officers, attorneys, agents, engineers, employees and shall organize the staff, shall allocate their functions and duties, fix compensation and conditions of employment, and consistent with the policies of and direction from the Commuter Rail 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 Commuter Rail Board shall determine. The Executive Director shall be an individual of proven transportation and management skills and may not be a member of the Commuter Rail Board. The Division 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 transportation agencies in the metropolitan region.
    No employee, officer, or agent of the Commuter Rail Board may receive a bonus that exceeds 10% of his or her annual salary unless that bonus has been reviewed by the Regional Transportation Authority 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 Commuter Rail Board shall establish regulations to insure that its discharges shall not be arbitrary and that hiring and promotion are based on merit.
    The Division shall be subject to the "Illinois Human Rights Act", as now or hereafter amended, and the remedies and procedure established thereunder. The Commuter Rail Board 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 3615/3B.06

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.06) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.06)
    Sec. 3B.06. Compensation. The Chairman of the Commuter Rail Board shall receive an annual salary of $25,000. Other members of the Commuter Rail Board shall receive an annual salary of $15,000. Each member shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of his duties.
    Officers of the Division shall not be required to comply with the requirements of "An Act requiring certain custodians of public monies to file and publish statements of the receipts and disbursements thereof", approved June 24, 1919, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 83-1156.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.07

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.07) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.07)
    Sec. 3B.07. Meetings. The Commuter Rail Board shall prescribe the times and places for meetings and the manner in which special meetings may be called. The Commuter Rail Board shall comply in all respects with the "Open Meetings Act", as now or hereafter amended. All records, documents and papers of the Commuter Rail Division, other than those relating to matters concerning which closed sessions of the Commuter Rail Board may be held, shall be available for public examination, subject to such reasonable regulations as the board may adopt.
    A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business. The affirmative votes of at least 6 members shall be necessary for any action required by this Act to be taken by ordinance.
    Open meetings of the Board shall be broadcast to the public and maintained in real-time on the Board's website using a high-speed Internet connection. Recordings of each meeting broadcast shall be posted to the Board's website within a reasonable time after the meeting and shall be maintained as public records to the extent practicable, as determined by the Board. Compliance with the provisions of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly does not relieve the Board of its obligations under the Open Meetings Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-1139, eff. 6-1-15.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.08

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.08) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.08)
    Sec. 3B.08. Jurisdiction. Any public transportation within the metropolitan region outside of the City of Chicago by commuter rail and within the City of Chicago, public transportation by commuter rail along the line or route provided on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1983 by the Burlington Northern Inc., the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad Company, the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Company, the Norfolk & Western Railway, the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Company, the Chicago and North Western Railroad Company, the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad and the Authority, or their respective successors, other than public transportation provided by the Chicago Transit Authority, shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Commuter Rail Board.
(Source: P.A. 83-885; 83-886.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.09

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.09) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.09)
    Sec. 3B.09. General Powers. In addition to any powers elsewhere provided to the Commuter Rail Board, it shall have all of the powers specified in Section 2.20 of this Act except for the powers specified in Section 2.20(a)(v). The Board shall also have the power:
    (a) to cooperate with the Regional Transportation Authority in the exercise by the Regional Transportation Authority of all the powers granted it by such Act;
    (b) to receive funds from the Regional Transportation Authority pursuant to Sections 2.02, 4.01, 4.02, 4.09 and 4.10 of the "Regional Transportation Authority Act", all as provided in the "Regional Transportation Authority Act";
    (c) to receive financial grants from the Regional Transportation Authority or a Service Board, as defined in the "Regional Transportation Authority Act", upon such terms and conditions as shall be set forth in a grant contract between either the Division and the Regional Transportation Authority or the Division and another Service Board, which contract or agreement may be for such number of years or duration as the parties may agree, all as provided in the "Regional Transportation Authority Act"; and
    (d) to borrow money for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, extending, or improving any Public Transportation Facilities (as defined in Section 1.03 of the Regional Transportation Authority Act) operated by or to be operated by or on behalf of the Commuter Rail Division. For the purpose of evidencing the obligation of the Commuter Rail Board to repay any money borrowed as provided in this subsection, the Commuter Rail Board may issue revenue bonds from time to time pursuant to ordinance adopted by the Commuter Rail Board, subject to the approval of the Regional Transportation Authority of each such issuance by the affirmative vote of 12 of its then Directors; provided that the Commuter Rail Board may not issue bonds for the purpose of financing the acquisition, construction, or improvement of a corporate headquarters building. All such bonds shall be payable solely from the revenues or income or any other funds that the Commuter Rail Board may receive, provided that the Commuter Rail Board may not pledge as security for such bonds the moneys, if any, that the Commuter Rail Board receives from the Regional Transportation Authority pursuant to Section 4.03.3(f) of the Regional Transportation Authority Act. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act and shall mature at such time or times not exceeding 25 years from their respective dates. Bonds issued pursuant to this paragraph must be issued with scheduled principal or mandatory redemption payments in equal amounts in each fiscal year over the term of the bonds, with the first principal or mandatory redemption payment scheduled within the fiscal year in which bonds are issued or within the next succeeding fiscal year. At least 25%, based on total principal amount, of all bonds authorized pursuant to this Section shall be sold pursuant to notice of sale and public bid. No more than 75%, based on total principal amount, of all bonds authorized pursuant to this Section shall be sold by negotiated sale. The maximum principal amount of the bonds that may be issued and outstanding at any time may not exceed $1,000,000,000. The bonds shall have all the qualities of negotiable instruments under the laws of this State. To secure the payment of any or all of such bonds and for the purpose of setting forth the covenants and undertakings of the Commuter Rail Board in connection with the issuance thereof and the issuance of any additional bonds payable from such revenue or income as well as the use and application of the revenue or income received by the Commuter Rail Board, the Commuter Rail Board may execute and deliver a trust agreement or agreements; provided that no lien upon any physical property of the Commuter Rail Board shall be created thereby. A remedy for any breach or default of the terms of any such trust agreement by the Commuter Rail Board may be by mandamus proceedings in any court of competent jurisdiction to compel performance and compliance therewith, but the trust agreement may prescribe by whom or on whose behalf such action may be instituted. Under no circumstances shall any bonds issued by the Commuter Rail Board or any other obligation of the Commuter Rail Board in connection with the issuance of such bonds be or become an indebtedness or obligation of the State of Illinois, the Regional Transportation Authority, or any other political subdivision of or municipality within the State, nor shall any such bonds or obligations be or become an indebtedness of the Commuter Rail Board within the purview of any constitutional limitation or provision, and it shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond that it does not constitute such an indebtedness or obligation but is payable solely from the revenues or income as aforesaid.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.09a

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.09a)
    Sec. 3B.09a. Bicycles on commuter rail trains. Effective July 1, 1999 and after first adopting an ordinance imposing terms and conditions designed to protect the safety and convenience of passengers, the Commuter Rail Board may allow bicycles to be transported on commuter rail trains. A reasonable fare increase may be charged to those passengers with bicycles.
(Source: P.A. 90-45, eff. 1-1-98.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.09b

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.09b)
    Sec. 3B.09b. Payment of fares by credit card.
    (a) By February 28, 2010, the Commuter Rail Board shall allow passengers to purchase fares by credit card (i) through an Internet website operated by the Board, (ii) at its LaSalle Street Station, Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center, and Millennium Station, (iii) at stations with agents, and (iv) from vending machines capable of providing fares by credit card at the 14 largest stations on the Metra Electric Line.
    (b) The Board may not require a passenger who chooses to purchase a fare by credit card to pay an additional fee.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.10

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.10) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.10)
    Sec. 3B.10. Budget and Program. The Commuter Rail Board, subject to the powers of the Authority in Section 4.11, shall control the finances of the Division. It shall by ordinance appropriate money to perform the Division's purposes and provide for payment of debts and expenses of the Division. Each year the Commuter Rail Board shall prepare and publish a comprehensive annual budget and proposed five-year capital program document, and a financial plan for the two years thereafter describing the state of the Division and presenting for the forthcoming fiscal year and the two following years the Commuter Rail Board's plans for such operations and capital expenditures as the Commuter Rail Board intends to undertake and the means by which it intends to finance them. The proposed budget, financial plan, and five-year capital program shall be based on the Authority's estimate of funds to be made available to the Commuter Rail Board by or through the Authority and shall conform in all respects to the requirements established by the Authority. The proposed budget, financial plan, and five-year capital program shall contain a statement of the funds estimated to be on hand at the beginning of the fiscal year, the funds estimated to be received from all sources for such year and the funds estimated to be on hand at the end of such year. The fiscal year of the Division shall be the same as the fiscal year of the Authority. Before the proposed budget, financial plan, and five-year capital program are submitted to the Authority, the Commuter Rail Board shall hold at least one public hearing thereon in each of the counties in the metropolitan region in which the Division provides service. The Commuter Rail Board shall hold at least one meeting for consideration of the proposed budget, financial plan, and five-year capital plan with the county board of each of the several counties in the metropolitan region in which the Division provides service. After conducting such hearings and holding such meetings and after making such changes in the proposed budget, financial plan, and five-year capital plan as the Commuter Rail Board deems appropriate, the board shall adopt its annual budget ordinance at least by November 15 next preceding the beginning of each fiscal year. The budget, financial plan, and five-year capital program shall then be submitted to the Authority as provided in Section 4.11. In the event that the Board of the Authority determines that the budget and program, and financial plan do not meet the standards of Section 4.11, the Commuter Rail Board shall make such changes as are necessary to meet such requirements and adopt an amended budget ordinance. The amended budget ordinance shall be resubmitted to the Authority pursuant to Section 4.11. The ordinance shall appropriate such sums of money as are deemed necessary to defray all necessary expenses and obligations of the Division, specifying purposes and the objects or programs for which appropriations are made and the amount appropriated for each object or program. Additional appropriations, transfers between items and other changes in such ordinance which do not alter the basis upon which the balanced budget determination was made by the Board of the Authority may be made from time to time by the Commuter Rail Board.
    The budget shall:
        (i) show a balance between (A) anticipated revenues
    
from all sources including operating subsidies and (B) the costs of providing the services specified and of funding any operating deficits or encumbrances incurred in prior periods, including provision for payment when due of principal and interest on outstanding indebtedness;
        (ii) show cash balances including the proceeds of any
    
anticipated cash flow borrowing sufficient to pay with reasonable promptness all costs and expenses as incurred;
        (iii) provide for a level of fares or charges for the
    
public transportation provided by or subject to the jurisdiction of such Commuter Rail Board sufficient to allow the Commuter Rail Board to meet its required system generated revenue recovery ratio;
        (iv) be based upon and employ assumptions and
    
projections which the Board of the Authority finds to be reasonable and prudent;
        (v) have been prepared in accordance with sound
    
financial practices as determined by the Board of the Authority;
        (vi) meet such other uniform financial, budgetary, or
    
fiscal requirements that the Board of the Authority may by rule or regulation establish; and
        (vii) be consistent with the goals and objectives
    
adopted by the Regional Transportation Authority in the Strategic Plan.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.11

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.11) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.11)
    Sec. 3B.11. Citizens Advisory Board. The Commuter Rail Board shall establish a citizens advisory board composed of ten residents of those portions of the metropolitan region in which the Commuter Rail Board provides service who have an interest in public transportation. The members of the advisory board shall be named for two year terms, shall select one of their members to serve as chairman and shall serve without compensation. The citizens advisory board shall meet with the Commuter Rail Board at least quarterly and advise the Commuter Rail Board of the impact of its policies and programs on the communities it serves. Appointments to the citizens advisory board should, to the greatest extent possible, reflect the ethnic, cultural, and geographic diversity of all persons residing within the Commuter Rail Division's jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.12

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.12) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.12)
    Sec. 3B.12. Working Cash Borrowing. The Commuter Rail Board with the affirmative vote of 7 of its Directors may demand and direct the Board of the Authority to issue Working Cash Notes at such time and in such amounts and having such maturities as the Commuter Rail Board deems proper, provided however any such borrowing shall have been specifically identified in the budget of the Commuter Rail Board as approved by the Board of the Authority. Provided further, that the Commuter Rail Board may not demand and direct the Board of the Authority to have issued and have outstanding at any time in excess of $20,000,000 in Working Cash Notes.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.13

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.13) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 703B.13)
    Sec. 3B.13. Labor.
    (a) The provisions of this Section apply to collective bargaining agreements (including extensions and amendments of existing agreements) entered into on or after January 1, 1984. This Section does not apply to collective bargaining agreements that are subject to the provisions of the Railway Labor Act, as now or hereafter amended.
    (b) The Commuter Rail Board shall deal with and enter into written contracts with their employees, through accredited representatives of such employees authorized to act for such employees concerning wages, salaries, hours, working conditions, and pension or retirement provisions about which a collective bargaining agreement has been entered prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1983. Any such agreement of the Commuter Rail Board shall provide that the agreement may be reopened if the amended budget submitted pursuant to Section 2.18a of this Act is not approved by the Board of the Authority. The agreement may not include a provision requiring the payment of wage increases based on changes in the Consumer Price Index. The Commuter Rail Board shall not have the authority to enter collective bargaining agreements with respect to inherent management rights which include such areas of discretion or policy as the functions of the employer, standards of services, its overall budget, the organizational structure and selection of new employees and direction of personnel. Employers, however, shall be required to bargain collectively with regard to policy matters directly affecting wages, hours and terms and conditions of employment, as well as the impact thereon, upon request by employee representatives. To preserve the rights of the Commuter Rail Board and exclusive representatives which have established collective bargaining relationships or negotiated collective bargaining agreements prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1983, the Commuter Rail Board shall be required to bargain collectively with regard to any matter concerning wages, hours or conditions of employment about which they have bargained prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1983.
    (c) The collective bargaining agreement may not include a prohibition on the use of part-time operators on any service operated by the Commuter Rail Board except where prohibited by federal law.
    (d) Within 30 days of the signing of any such collective bargaining agreement, the Commuter Rail Board shall determine the costs of each provision of the agreement, prepare an amended budget incorporating the costs of the agreement, and present the amended budget to the Board of the Authority for its approval under Section 4.11. The Board may approve the amended budget by an affirmative vote of 12 of its then Directors. If the budget is not approved by the Board of the Authority, the agreement may be reopened and its terms may be renegotiated. Any amended budget which may be prepared following renegotiation shall be presented to the Board of the Authority for its approval in like manner.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.14

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.14)
    Sec. 3B.14. Free services; eligibility.
    (a) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, no later than 60 days following the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly and until subsection (b) is implemented, any fixed route public transportation services provided by, or under grant or purchase of service contracts of, the Commuter Rail Board shall be provided without charge to all senior citizens of the Metropolitan Region aged 65 and older, under such conditions as shall be prescribed by the Commuter Rail Board.
    (b) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, no later than 180 days following the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, any fixed route public transportation services provided by, or under grant or purchase of service contracts of, the Commuter Rail Board shall be provided without charge to senior citizens aged 65 and older who meet the income eligibility limitation set forth in subsection (a-5) of Section 4 of the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Property Tax Relief Act, under such conditions as shall be prescribed by the Commuter Rail Board. The Department on Aging shall furnish all information reasonably necessary to determine eligibility, including updated lists of individuals who are eligible for services without charge under this Section. Nothing in this Section shall relieve the Commuter Rail Board from providing reduced fares as may be required by federal law.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.15

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.15)
    Sec. 3B.15. Transit services for individuals with disabilities. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, no later than 60 days following the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, all fixed route public transportation services provided by, or under grant or purchase of service contract of, the Commuter Rail Board shall be provided without charge to all persons with disabilities who meet the income eligibility limitation set forth in subsection (a-5) of Section 4 of the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Property Tax Relief Act, under such procedures as shall be prescribed by the Board. The Department on Aging shall furnish all information reasonably necessary to determine eligibility, including updated lists of individuals who are eligible for services without charge under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.16

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.16)
    Sec. 3B.16. Emergency protocols. Within 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the Commuter Rail Board must develop written protocols to respond to medical and sanitation emergencies and to other safety hazards.
(Source: P.A. 96-677, eff. 8-25-09.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.20

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.20)
    Sec. 3B.20. Wireless Internet. The Commuter Rail Board must provide wireless Internet service on all passenger trains it owns or operates by January 1, 2012, but only if the service can be provided with no cost to the Commuter Rail Division.
(Source: P.A. 97-85, eff. 7-7-11.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.25

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.25)
    Sec. 3B.25. Automated external defibrillators. The Commuter Rail Board must conduct a study concerning the installation and use of automated external defibrillators on passenger trains operated by the Commuter Rail Board. No later than one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, the Commuter Rail Board must report to the Governor and the General Assembly the results of the study. For the purposes of this Section, "automated external defibrillator" has the meaning ascribed to that term in Section 10 of the Automated External Defibrillator Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-85, eff. 7-7-11.)

70 ILCS 3615/3B.26

    (70 ILCS 3615/3B.26)
    Sec. 3B.26. Employment contracts. Except as otherwise provided in Section 3B.13, before the Commuter Rail Board may enter into or amend any employment contract in excess of $100,000, the Commuter Rail Board must submit that contract or amendment to the Board for review for a period of 14 days. After 14 days, the contract shall be considered reviewed. This Section applies only to contracts entered into or amended on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly.
    Before the Board of the Regional Transportation Authority may enter into or amend any employment contract in excess of $100,000, the Board must submit that contract to the Chairman and Minority Spokesman of the Mass Transit Committee, or its successor committee, of the House of Representatives, and to the Chairman and Minority Spokesman of the Transportation Committee, or its successor committee, of the Senate.
(Source: P.A. 98-1027, eff. 1-1-15.)