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Full Text of HB0398  102nd General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning transportation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Complete Streets Act.
6    Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
7    "Advisory Board" means the Complete Streets Advisory
9    "Department" means the Department of Transportation.
10    "Multimodal" means the various modes of travel or
11transportation, including travel by motor vehicle, bicycling,
12and walking.
13    "Multimodal planning" or "multimodal transportation
14planning" means plans concerning the improvement of the
15various modes of transportation in terms of safety, access,
16and mobility for users.
17    "User" or "users" means pedestrians, bicyclists, public
18transportation vehicles and their passengers, motorists,
19transporters of commercial goods, persons with disabilities,
20older adults, and children.
21    Section 10. Transportation planning requirements.
22    (a) Vehicular, public transportation, bicycle, and



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1pedestrian modes of travel are integral to the transportation
2system, and the Illinois Department of Transportation shall
3view all transportation improvements as opportunities to
4improve safety, access, and mobility for all travelers.
5    (b) All transportation projects receiving federal or State
6funds shall work to improve safety, access, and mobility for
7users of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians,
8bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and their
9passengers, motorists, transporters of commercial goods,
10persons with disabilities, older adults, and children.
11    (c) Accommodations for all users shall be included in the
12planning, design, construction, reconstruction,
13rehabilitation, maintenance, and operations of any State,
14county, or local transportation facility receiving funds from
15the Department. The Department shall aim to create a safe,
16comprehensive, integrated, and connected network to
17accommodate all users in a manner that is suitable to the
18rural, suburban, or urban context.
19    (d) The Department shall use the latest and best design
20standards as applied to bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and
21highway facilities, including the latest editions of the
22following resources:
23        (1) A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and
24    Streets;
25        (2) Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context
26    Sensitive Approach: An ITE Recommended Practice;



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1        (3) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities;
2        (4) Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of
3    Pedestrian Facilities;
4        (5) Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines; or
5        (6) other relevant State, federal, or local
6    guidelines.
7    (e) The Department may provide assistance to and
8coordinate with local and regional agencies in developing and
9implementing complementary Complete Streets Initiative
10policies. In the development of projects within municipal
11boundaries, the Department and the municipality shall share
12expertise in multimodal transportation planning.
13    (f) The Department shall modify its procedures, documents,
14training systems, and performance measures in a timely manner
15to ensure that the needs of all users of the transportation
16system are included in all phases of all projects. The
17Department shall create an implementation plan, including a
18schedule and a public, local, or regional government outreach
19plan, in consultation with the Advisory Board.
20    (g) The provisions of subsections (c) and (d) concerning
21facilities shall not be required if the Department determines,
22with respect to a highway, road, or street, that:
23        (1) use of the transportation facility by pedestrians,
24    bicyclists, or other users is prohibited by law;
25        (2) the cost of new accommodation would be excessively
26    disproportionate to the need or probable use; or



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1        (3) there is a demonstrated absence of future need as
2    determined by factors, including current and future land
3    use, current and projected user volumes, population
4    density, and crash data.
5    (h) The Department shall consult local and regional plans
6and leaders in assessing any further necessary exceptions to
7the provisions of this Section.
8    (i) Documentation on any granted exemption shall be made
9publicly available and shared with the Advisory Board.
10    (j) This Section applies to transportation projects for
11which a preliminary design has been completed on or after
12September 1, 2022.
13    Section 15. Advisory Board.
14    (a) There is created the Complete Streets Advisory Board
15within the Department for the following purposes:
16        (1) providing education and advice to counties,
17    municipalities, interest groups, and the public concerning
18    safety, access, and mobility across the various modes of
19    transportation; and
20        (2) making recommendations to the Department on
21    restructuring procedures, updating design guidance,
22    providing education opportunities to employees, and
23    establishing new measures to track success in multimodal
24    planning and design.
25    (b) The members of the Advisory Board shall be appointed



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1by the Governor and shall include the following members:
2        (1) one representative from the Department;
3        (2) one representative from the Illinois Department of
4    Public Health;
5        (3) one licensed engineer with expertise in
6    transportation;
7        (4) one representative from the Illinois Chapter of
8    the American Planning Association;
9        (5) one representative from the Illinois Association
10    of County Board Members and Commissioners;
11        (6) one representative from the Illinois Municipal
12    League;
13        (7) one representative from the Illinois Office of
14    AARP;
15        (8) one representative from an organization advocating
16    bicycling as a mode of travel;
17        (9) one representative from an organization advocating
18    walking as a mode of travel;
19        (10) one representative from an organization
20    representing persons with disabilities;
21        (11) one representative from an automobile or trucking
22    transport organization;
23        (12) one representative from an organization
24    advocating on behalf of children; and
25        (13) any other interested party as determined by the
26    Governor.



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1    (c) Members of the Advisory Board shall be appointed to a
2term of 4 years and shall serve without compensation.
3    (d) The Advisory Board, in coordination with a
4representative or representatives of the Department, shall
5prepare a report on the status of the implementation of the
6Complete Streets Initiative as outlined in Section 10 of this
7Act. The report shall include the following information:
8        (1) a summary of specific actions taken by the
9    Department in the preceding year to improve safety,
10    access, and mobility of roadways for all users;
11        (2) any identified statutory recommendations to
12    facilitate implementation of the Complete Streets
13    Initiative;
14        (3) modifications made to or recommended for
15    protocols, guidance, standards, or other requirements to
16    facilitate implementation of the Complete Streets
17    Initiative;
18        (4) the status of the development of multimodal
19    performance indicators;
20        (5) information collected from agencies on the
21    percentage of trips made by foot, bicycle, and public
22    transportation, together with the target level of the use
23    of these modes;
24        (6) crash statistics by mode, age, type, location, and
25    other relevant factors; and
26        (7) other related information that may be requested by



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1    the Governor.
2    (e) The Advisory Board shall submit its initial report and
3recommendations to the Governor, the Department, and the
4General Assembly on or before January 1, 2023, and annually on
5January 1 of each subsequent year.
6    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
7becoming law.