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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        Section  1.  Short  title.  This  Act may be cited as the
 5    Transportation Resources for Innovative Projects Act.

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

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

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

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

10        Section    20.  Interagency   Advisory   Committee.   The
11    Department shall convene an interagency advisory committee to
12    help develop policy and procedures under  the  TRIP  Program.
13    The   interagency   advisory   committee   shall  consist  of
14    representatives from the Department of Human Services and any
15    other departments or entities that  transfer  funds  for  the
16    TRIP  program  or that provide a conduit for the drawing down
17    of federal funds (for example, through  federal  Medicaid  or
18    Aging  programs),  or  that the Department deems necessary or
19    helpful in accomplishing the purposes of the TRIP Program and
20    ensuring that the TRIP  Program  is  coordinated  with  other
21    publicly  supported  transportation  programs  such  as those
22    operated for the disabled and elderly.

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

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

12        Section 99. Effective date. This Act  takes  effect  upon
13    becoming law.

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