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 1        AN ACT concerning transportation.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4                              ARTICLE 5

 5        Section  5-1.  Short  title. This Article may be cited as
 6    the Transportation Resources for Innovative Projects Law.

 7        Section 5-5.  Findings and Purpose. The General  Assembly
 8    finds  that  safe,  reliable and convenient transportation to
 9    and from work and related destinations such as child care and
10    education is an extremely important factor in the ability  to
11    find  and retain employment, particularly in the lower income
12    sectors of the economy. For many people, these transportation
13    needs are not met by existing mass transit.  This  creates  a
14    need  for  innovative  transportation to work strategies that
15    fit  within  local  circumstances.  Many  localities   around
16    Illinois  do  not  have  the  resources  or  the expertise to
17    develop  and  support  innovative   transportation   options.
18    Localities  need  access  to  State and federal funds to help
19    implement  these  strategies,   and   they   need   technical
20    assistance  both  in  designing  programs  and  in  accessing
21    various  sources  of  State  and federal funds. Illinois also
22    leaves substantial  federal  transportation  funds  unclaimed
23    because  of  the  failure  to put forward projects to use the
24    funds. Illinois would benefit from a  unified  State  process
25    for   applying  for  federal  transportation  assistance  for
26    innovative  transportation  to  work   strategies   and   for
27    supplying the matching funds necessary to access that federal
28    assistance.  The  purpose of this Article is to establish the
29    Transportation Resources for Innovative Projects  Program  to
30    prompt  the  creation  of  innovative  transportation to work
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 1    strategies  at  the   local   level,   to   assist   in   the
 2    implementation  of those strategies, to coordinate the local,
 3    State and federal funding of those programs,  and  to  access
 4    the maximum of federal transportation to work funding.

 5        Section 5-7.  Definitions.  As used in this Article:
 6        "Department" means the Department of Transportation.
 7        "TRIP  Program"  means  the  Transportation Resources for
 8    Innovative Projects Program created by this Article.
 9        "JARC" means the Job Access  and  Reverse  Commute  grant
10    program of the Federal Transit Administration.

11        Section  5-10.  Establishment  of  Program  and  Funding.
12    There  is established within the Department of Transportation
13    the Transportation Resources for Innovative Projects Program.
14    The TRIP Program shall be funded by  appropriation  from  the
15    General   Assembly  or  by  interagency  agreement  with  the
16    Department of  Human  Services  or  other  departments  under
17    Section  5-25  of  this Article, or by a combination of those
18    sources.

19        Section 5-15.  Functions of Program. The Program shall be
20    a Statewide interagency effort to prompt  and  support  local
21    transportation innovations. It shall have 3 main functions:
22        (a)  Administration  of  an  annual  process to apply for
23    federal transportation  to  work  assistance  under  the  Job
24    Access  and Reverse Commute program, programs administered by
25    the federal Department of Housing and Urban  Development,  or
26    similar  programs,  or  a combination of those programs. This
27    shall  include  publicizing   the   process,   managing   the
28    application and selection process, making applications to the
29    federal government, and identifying local projects to be part
30    of  the  annual State applications to the federal government.
31    To the  extent  resources  permit,  the  TRIP  Program  shall
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 1    provide  grants  or  guarantee  funds  to  the local projects
 2    selected for inclusion in the State applications to  complete
 3    the  State  funding  matches  necessary to access the federal
 4    funds.
 5        (b)  Administration of an annual process to grant  funds,
 6    to  the extent resources permit, to localities for innovative
 7    transportation to work strategies  not eligible  for  federal
 8    funds.
 9        (c)  Provision  of  technical assistance to localities in
10    the devising of innovative transportation to work  strategies
11    and in complying with the requirements for federal, State and
12    local funding.

13        Section   5-20.  Illinois   Coordinating   Committee   on
14    Transportation.    The  Illinois  Coordinating  Committee  on
15    Transportation created by the Illinois Coordinating Committee
16    on Transportation Law shall serve as an interagency  advisory
17    committee  to  help  develop  policy and procedures under the
18    TRIP Program.

19        Section 5-25.   Interagency Agreement with Department  of
20    Human  Services  and  other  Departments.  In addition to any
21    other interagency agreements the Department may enter into to
22    implement the TRIP Program, there  shall  be  an  interagency
23    agreement  with  the  Department of Human Services. Under the
24    agreement,  the  departments   shall   have   the   following
25    responsibilities.
26        (a)  The Department of Human Services shall:
27             (1)  provide   an  annual  allotment  of  funds  for
28        disbursement by the Department under the TRIP Program;
29             (2)  notify the Department in a timely manner of all
30        State and federal policies, rules, and  regulations  that
31        may  affect  the  use  and  disbursement of the funds and
32        provide appropriate assistance for compliance with  those
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 1        requirements; and
 2             (3)  provide  at least one staff member to represent
 3        the  Department  of  Human  Services  on   the   Illinois
 4        Coordinating  Committee  on  Transportation  and  in  the
 5        selection  process  for local transportation programs for
 6        State and federal funds under the TRIP Program.
 7        (b)  The Department shall:
 8             (1)  ensure that the use of funds  transferred  from
 9        the  Department  of  Human Services is in accordance with
10        laws governing use of those funds and is coordinated with
11        the Department of Human Services;
12             (2)  collaborate  with  the  Department   of   Human
13        Services in selecting the projects to be funded under the
14        Program;
15             (3)  account  for  the use of funds transferred from
16        the Department of Human Services  separately  from  other
17        funds;
18             (4)  provide  any  necessary  reports  regarding the
19        TRIP Program to the Department of Human Services and  the
20        U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
21        (d)  The  Department  may  enter into similar interagency
22    agreements with other agencies that  transfer  funds  to  the
23    Department  for the TRIP Program or coordinate their programs
24    with the TRIP Program.

25        Section 5-30.  TRIP Program Provisions.
26        (a)  The Department annually shall  solicit  applications
27    from  localities for support for local transportation to work
28    strategies. The solicitation and application process shall be
29    timed to allow the Department to submit a package of approved
30    local   programs   as   the   Illinois   State   Consolidated
31    Transportation  to  Work  Plan   to   the   Federal   Transit
32    Administration  for  funding under the Job Access and Reverse
33    Commute program, and to make  timely  submissions  for  other
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 1    sources of  federal funds.
 2        (b)  The  annual  solicitation  and  application  process
 3    shall  include  2  types  of grants: (i) those fundable under
 4    JARC or other federal funding sources,  for  which  the  TRIP
 5    Program grant shall be adequate, in combination with local or
 6    private funds, to complete the "local match" required by JARC
 7    or  other federal programs, and (ii) those not fundable under
 8    JARC or other federal programs but otherwise  addressing  the
 9    purposes  of  the  TRIP  Program  (for  example, car purchase
10    programs). The Department, in conjunction with  the  Illinois
11    Coordinating  Committee on Transportation, shall divide grant
12    funds between these 2 types of proposals each year  depending
13    upon  the  merit  of the proposals received and the extent to
14    which they would accomplish the purposes of the TRIP Program,
15    including the maximizing of federal funds. The grants may  be
16    spent over a period of up to 24 months.
17        (c)  The  Department  shall  annually submit the Illinois
18    State Consolidated Transportation to Work Plan to the Federal
19    Transit Administration for  funding  under  JARC  and  submit
20    applications for other federal funds as appropriate.
21        (d)  The Department shall provide technical assistance to
22    localities in developing transportation strategies, complying
23    with     application    requirements,    including    federal
24    requirements, and forming  strategic  local  partnerships  to
25    improve  the  potential success of both the grant application
26    and the local program itself.  Local  entities  eligible  for
27    funding  under  the program include counties, municipalities,
28    public agencies, private entities,  non-profit  organizations
29    such   as,   but   not   limited  to,  community  development
30    corporations,   transportation    management    associations,
31    transportation  providers,  community  action agencies, faith
32    based organizations, and  workforce  investment  boards,  and
33    other  consortiums.  Planning  partners  may,  but  need  not
34    necessarily,   include  local  workforce  investment  boards,
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 1    chambers  of  commerce,   elected   officials,   Metropolitan
 2    Planning  Organizations,  local  plan  commissions, and State
 3    agencies.
 4        (e)  The Department's rules  for  applications  by  local
 5    entities under the Program shall include, but not necessarily
 6    be limited to, the following provisions:
 7             (1)  The local programs should be for implementation
 8        of   innovative  community  transportation  systems  that
 9        address a local transportation need or gap;  they  should
10        use    innovative    approaches   that   emphasize   both
11        coordination between existing services and  programs  and
12        the  elimination  of  transportation  barriers that limit
13        workforce  participation.  These  programs  and  services
14        could, for example, be the purchase of rolling stock such
15        as vans, new  or  expanded  operation  of  transportation
16        routes,  creation of auto ownership and drivers licensing
17        programs, new or expanded dial a ride  services,  vanpool
18        or  carpool  programs,  guaranteed ride home programs, or
19        similar  strategies  that   address   local   needs   and
20        circumstances.
21             (2)  To   qualify   for   inclusion   in  the  State
22        application for JARC funding or  other  federal  funding,
23        the   applicant   must   have   been   involved   in  the
24        transportation planning process for the region  in  which
25        the  project  will  operate, or exhibit knowledge of that
26        process and its need  statement  and  have  relationships
27        with   the   local   transportation  experts  in  transit
28        authorities or county government.
29             (3)  The application  must  include  evidence  of  a
30        commitment  for  the funding of a portion of the proposed
31        project from local or private sources (other  than  State
32        or  federal sources). This portion shall not be less than
33        1% nor more than 10% of  the  total  project  costs.  The
34        Department  shall provide by rule for a sliding scale for
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 1        these local funding commitments based upon  the  relative
 2        resources  in  localities,  so  that  the contribution of
 3        communities  with  the  least  resources  is  1%  and  of
 4        communities  with  the  most  resources   is   10%.   The
 5        Department    shall  use an objective measure such as the
 6        poverty rate or the tax base in establishing the  sliding
 7        scale and shall update it annually.

 8                             ARTICLE 10

 9        Section  10-1.  Short title. This Article may be cited as
10    the Illinois Coordinating Committee on Transportation Law.

11        Section 10-5.  Definitions. As used in this Article:
12             (1)  "Agency"   means   an   official,   commission,
13        authority,  council,  department,  committee,   division,
14        bureau,  board, or any other unit or entity of the State,
15        a municipality, a county, or other local  governing  body
16        or   a   private  not-for-profit  transportation  service
17        providing agency.
18             (2)  "Committee"  means  the  Illinois  Coordinating
19        Committee on Transportation.
20             (3)  "Coordination" means the  arrangement  for  the
21        provision    of    transportation    services    to   the
22        transportation  disadvantaged  in  a   manner   that   is
23        cost-effective,  efficient, and reduces fragmentation and
24        duplication of services.
25             (4)  "Transportation   disadvantaged"  means   those
26        persons  who,  because  of physical or mental disability,
27        income status,  age,  location  of  residence,  or  other
28        reasons are unable to transport themselves or to purchase
29        affordable  transportation  and are, therefore, dependent
30        upon others to obtain access to health care,  employment,
31        education,   shopping,   social   activities,   or  other
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 1        life-sustaining activities.

 2        Section  10-10.  Committee.   The  Illinois  Coordinating
 3    Committee on Transportation is created and shall  consist  of
 4    the following members:
 5             (1)  The Lieutenant Governor or her or his designee.
 6             (2)  The  Secretary  of Transportation or his or her
 7        designee.
 8             (3)  The Secretary of Human Services (or his or  her
 9        designee)   and  one  additional  representative  of  the
10        Department of Human Services designated by the Secretary.
11             (4)  The Director of Aging or his or her designee.
12             (5)  The Director  of  Public  Aid  or  his  or  her
13        designee.
14             (6)  The  Director of Commerce and Community Affairs
15        or his or her designee.
16             (7)  A representative of the Illinois Rural  Transit
17        Assistance Center.
18             (8)  A  person  who  is  a  member  of  a recognized
19        statewide organization representing older Illinoisans.
20             (9)  A representative  of  centers  for  independent
21        living.
22             (10)  A   representative   of  the  Illinois  Public
23        Transportation Association.
24             (11)  A representative of an existing transportation
25        system that coordinates and provides transit services  in
26        a multi-county area for the Department of Transportation,
27        Department  of Human Services, Department of Commerce and
28        Community Affairs, or Department on Aging.
29             (12)  A representative of a  statewide  organization
30        of   rehabilitation  facilities  or  other  providers  of
31        services for persons with one or more disabilities.
32             (13)  A  representative  of  the  Illinois  Planning
33        Council on Developmental Disabilities.
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 1             (14)  A representative of a  statewide  organization
 2        of community action agencies.
 3        The  Lieutenant Governor shall appoint the members of the
 4    Committee other than those named in  paragraphs  (1)  through
 5    (6)  of  this  Section. The Lieutenant Governor or his or her
 6    designee shall serve as  chairperson  of  the  Committee  and
 7    shall convene the meetings of the Committee. The Secretary of
 8    Transportation  and the Secretary of Human Services, or their
 9    designees, shall serve  as  vice-chairpersons  and  shall  be
10    responsible for staff support for the committee.

11        Section 10-15.  Duties of committee.  The Committee shall
12    foster  the coordination of public and private transportation
13    services, with special attention paid  to  services  directed
14    toward  those populations who are currently not served or who
15    are underserved by existing public  transit.   The  Committee
16    shall  aim to reduce duplicative services in order to achieve
17    a  transportation  system  that  serves  the  most   citizens
18    possible  in  the  most  cost-effective  and efficient manner
19    possible. Specifically, the committee shall:
20             (1)  Coordinate   State   efforts   within   federal
21        guidelines to facilitate coordination  of  human  service
22        transportation programs.
23             (2)  Establish  statewide  priorities  and  draft  a
24        strategic   plan.   These   priorities   should  include:
25        developing    objectives    for    providing    essential
26        transportation    services    to    the    transportation
27        disadvantaged; developing a  unified  state  request  for
28        funds  from  federal  sources  such as the Job Access and
29        Reverse Commute (JARC) Grant program  that  is  based  on
30        local plans from communities statewide; identifying funds
31        from other available sources for projects that are not an
32        eligible  use  of JARC funds; and developing a long-range
33        plan to identify and recruit  potential  stakeholders  in
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 1        future community transportation initiatives.
 2             (3)  Develop   goals   and   objectives   to  reduce
 3        duplication of services and achieve coverage that  is  as
 4        complete as possible.
 5             (4)  Address  any  and  all transportation  barriers
 6        and propose solutions, such as multi-agency  involvement,
 7        to eliminate these barriers.
 8             (5)  Serve  as a clearinghouse for information about
 9        funding  sources   and   innovations   in   serving   the
10        transportation disadvantaged.
11             (6)  Oversee  administration  of  the Transportation
12        Resources for Innovative Projects Program.
13             (7)  Submit a report, not  later  than  February  1,
14        2002,  to  the  Governor  and  the  General Assembly that
15        outlines the progress made by the Committee in performing
16        its duties set forth in paragraphs  (1)  through  (6)  of
17        this  Section and makes recommendations for statutory and
18        regulatory changes to promote coordination.

19                             ARTICLE 99

20        Section 99-99.  Effective date.  This  Act  takes  effect
21    upon becoming law.

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