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92_SB2238 LRB9216010LBpr 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; purpose. The General Assembly 8 finds that safe, reliable, and convenient transportation to 9 and from work and related destinations such as to child care 10 and education facilities is an extremely important factor in 11 the ability to find and retain employment, particularly in 12 the lower income sectors of the economy. For many people, 13 these transportation needs are not met by existing mass 14 transit. This creates a need for innovative transportation to 15 work strategies that fit within local circumstances. Many 16 localities around Illinois do not have the resources or the 17 expertise to develop and support innovative transportation 18 options. Localities need access to technical assistance both 19 in designing programs and in accessing various sources of 20 State and federal funds. Illinois also leaves substantial 21 federal transportation funds unclaimed because of the failure 22 to put forward projects using the funds. Thus, Illinois would 23 benefit from an Interagency Coordinating Committee to set 24 priorities and define a vision for improving access to 25 transportation for the transportation disadvantaged. 26 Illinois would also benefit from a unified State process to 27 apply for federal transportation assistance for innovative 28 transportation to work projects and strategies and for 29 supplying the matching funds necessary to access that federal 30 assistance. The purpose of this Article is to establish the -2- LRB9216010LBpr 1 Interagency Coordinating Committee on Transportation. 2 ARTICLE 10 3 Section 10-1. Short title. This Article may be cited as 4 the Illinois Coordinating Committee on Transportation Law. 5 Section 10-5. Definitions. As used in this Article: 6 (1) "Agency" means an official, commission, 7 authority, council, department, committee, division, 8 bureau, board, or any other unit or entity of the State, 9 a municipality, a county, or other local governing body, 10 or a private not-for-profit transportation service 11 providing agency. 12 (2) "Committee" means the Illinois Coordinating 13 Committee on Transportation. 14 (3) "Coordination" means the arrangement for the 15 provision of transportation services to the 16 transportation disadvantaged in a manner that is 17 cost-effective, efficient, and reduces fragmentation and 18 duplication of services. 19 (4) "Transportation disadvantaged" means those 20 persons who, because of physical or mental disability, 21 income status, age, location of residence, or other 22 reasons are unable to transport themselves or to purchase 23 affordable transportation and are, therefore, dependent 24 upon others to obtain access to health care, employment, 25 education, shopping, social activities, or other 26 life-sustaining activities. 27 Section 10-10. Committee. The Illinois Coordinating 28 Committee on Transportation is created and shall consist of 29 the following members: 30 (1) The Governor or his or her designee. -3- LRB9216010LBpr 1 (2) The Secretary of Transportation or his or her 2 designee. 3 (3) The Secretary of Human Services (or his or her 4 designee) and one additional representative of the 5 Department of Human Services designated by the Secretary. 6 (4) The Director of Aging or his or her designee. 7 (5) The Director of Public Aid or his or her 8 designee. 9 (6) The Director of Commerce and Community Affairs 10 or his or her designee. 11 (7) A representative of the Illinois Rural Transit 12 Assistance Center. 13 (8) A person who is a member of a recognized 14 statewide organization representing older residents of 15 Illinois. 16 (9) A representative of centers for independent 17 living. 18 (10) A representative of the Illinois Public 19 Transportation Association. 20 (11) A representative of an existing transportation 21 system that coordinates and provides transit services in 22 a multi-county area for the Department of Transportation, 23 Department of Human Services, Department of Commerce and 24 Community Affairs, or Department on Aging. 25 (12) A representative of a statewide organization 26 of rehabilitation facilities or other providers of 27 services for persons with one or more disabilities. 28 (13) A representative of the Illinois Planning 29 Council on Developmental Disabilities. 30 (14) A representative of a statewide organization 31 of community action agencies. 32 The Governor shall appoint the members of the Committee 33 other than those named in paragraphs (1) through (6) of this 34 Section. The Governor or his or her designee shall serve as -4- LRB9216010LBpr 1 chairperson of the Committee and shall convene the meetings 2 of the Committee. The Secretary of Transportation and the 3 Secretary of Human Services, or their designees, shall serve 4 as vice-chairpersons and shall be responsible for staff 5 support for the committee. 6 Section 10-15. Duties of Committee. The Committee shall 7 encourage the coordination of public and private 8 transportation services, with priority given to services 9 directed toward those populations who are currently not 10 served or who are underserved by existing public transit. 11 The Committee shall aim to reduce duplicative services in 12 order to achieve a transportation system that serves the most 13 citizens possible in the most cost-effective and efficient 14 manner possible. The Committee shall seek innovative 15 approaches to providing and funding local transportation 16 services and offer their expertise to communities statewide. 17 Specifically, the Committee shall: 18 (1) Coordinate State efforts within federal 19 guidelines to facilitate coordination of human service 20 transportation programs. 21 (2) Establish statewide priorities and draft a 22 strategic plan. These priorities should include: 23 developing objectives for providing essential 24 transportation services to the transportation 25 disadvantaged; developing a process for requesting 26 federal funds such as the Job Access and Reverse Commute 27 (JARC) Grant program that is based on input from 28 communities statewide; assisting communities in 29 identifying funds from other available sources for 30 projects that are not an eligible use of JARC funds; and 31 developing a long-range plan to identify and recruit 32 potential stakeholders in future community transportation 33 initiatives. -5- LRB9216010LBpr 1 (3) Develop goals and objectives to reduce 2 duplication of services and achieve coverage that is as 3 complete as possible. 4 (4) Address any and all transportation barriers 5 and propose solutions to eliminate these barriers. 6 (5) Serve as a clearinghouse for information about 7 funding sources and innovations in serving the 8 transportation disadvantaged. 9 (6) Submit a report, not later than February 1, 10 2004, to the Governor and the General Assembly that 11 outlines the progress made by the Committee in performing 12 its duties set forth in paragraphs (1) through (6) of 13 this Section and makes recommendations for statutory and 14 regulatory changes to promote coordination. 15 ARTICLE 99 16 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 17 becoming law.
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