(d) Unless such items are specifically provided for in the annual budget
and program which has been the subject of public hearing, as provided in
Section 4.01 of this Act, the Board shall hold public hearings at which
citizens may be heard prior to the providing for or allowing, by means of
any purchase of service agreement or any grant pursuant to Section 2.02 of
this Act, or so providing for or allowing
any discontinuance of any public transportation route, or major portion
thereof, which has been in service for more than a year.
(e) At least twenty days prior notice of any public hearing, as required
in this Section, shall be given by public advertisement in a newspaper of
general circulation in the metropolitan region.
(e-5) With respect to any increase in fares or charges
for public transportation, whether by the Authority or by any
Service Board or transportation agency, a public hearing must be held in each county in which the fare increase takes effect. Notice of the public hearing shall be given at least 20 days prior to the hearing and at least 30 days prior to the effective date of any fare increase. Notice shall be given by public advertisement in a newspaper of
general circulation in the metropolitan region and must also be sent to the Governor and to each member of the General Assembly whose district overlaps in whole or in part with the area in which the increase takes effect. The notice must state the date, time, and place of the hearing and must contain a description of the proposed increase. The notice must also specify how interested persons may obtain copies of any reports, resolutions, or certificates describing the basis upon which the increase was calculated.
(f) The Authority may designate one or more Directors or may appoint one
or more hearing officers to preside over any hearing pursuant to this Act.
The Authority shall have the power in connection with any such hearing to
issue subpoenas to require the attendance of witnesses and the production
of documents, and the Authority may apply to any circuit court in the State
to require compliance with such subpoenas.
(g) The Authority may require any Service Board to hold one or more public hearings with respect to any item described in paragraphs (c), (d), and (e-5) of this Section 5.01, notwithstanding whether such item has been the subject of a public hearing under this Section 5.01 or Section 2.01 or 4.01 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-708, eff. 1-18-08; 95-906, eff. 8-26-08.)