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Terms Of Use

Last Updated: July 19, 2010

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Legal Terms of Use

The RTA offers you the services of this website on the condition that you agree to the following terms:

Acceptance

The following legal terms and conditions govern your use of the maps, directions, information, materials and documents being made available to you (the "Materials"). BY SUBMITTING A QUERY OR BY USING THE MATERIALS, YOU SIGNIFY ELECTRONICALLY YOUR AGREEMENT TO ALL TERMS, CONDITIONS, AND NOTICES CONTAINED OR REFERENCED HEREIN (THE "TERMS OF USE").

Please review these terms carefully. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use please do not submit a query or use this website or the Materials.

The RTA reserves the right, at our discretion, to update or revise these Terms of Use at any time. Please check the Terms of Use periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Materials following the posting of any changes to the Terms of Use constitutes acceptance of those changes.

Privacy Policy

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Proprietary Rights

You acknowledge and agree that the Materials are protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other proprietary rights and laws. For example, the RTA owns a copyright in the selection, organization, arrangement and enhancement of the Materials, as well as in the Materials original to itself. Third parties whose Materials appear own the copyright in the Materials original to them. The look and feel of this website, including our color combinations, button shapes, and other graphical elements, are RTA trademarks. No portion of the Materials or the data contained in the Materials may be reproduced in whole or in part unless expressly authorized by the RTA in writing.

The RTA name and logo, and all related product and service names, design marks and slogans are the trademarks or registered trademarks of the RTA. All other product and service marks contained herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. You may not use any RTA or third party trademarks or logos without the prior written consent of the RTA or the applicable trademark owner.

License to and Limitations on Use of Maps, Directions, Cartographic Technology and Content Information

Provided you comply with these Terms of Use, the RTA grants you a nonexclusive, non-transferable license to view and print the Materials solely for your own personal non-commercial use. You may share a map or directions with another individual for that individual's personal non-commercial use using the email option on the webpage. You may not commercially exploit the Materials or the underlying data, including without limitation, you may not create derivative works of the Materials, use any data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools on the Materials, frame any portion of the Materials, or reprint, copy, modify, translate, port, publish, sublicense, assign, transfer, sell, or otherwise distribute the Materials without the prior written consent of the RTA. You shall not derive or attempt to derive the source code or structure of all or any portion of the Materials by reverse engineering, disassembly, decompilation or any other means. You shall not use the Materials to operate a service bureau or for any other use involving the processing of data of others. You shall use the Materials and this website for legal purposes only and shall not use them in any manner that violates the laws of any jurisdiction. You do not receive any, and the RTA and its licensors retain all, ownership rights in the Materials. You may not alter or remove any copyright notice or proprietary legend contained in or on the Materials. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as granting you a license under any copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property right of the RTA or any third party, except for the right of use license expressly set forth herein.

To the extent you are authorized to access, display or otherwise use any Materials outside of any RTA website, you may not use such Materials with other content or in a manner that:

  • is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another's privacy, tortious, or contains explicit or graphic descriptions, or accounts of, sexual acts;
  • victimizes, harasses, degrades, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;
  • impersonates any person, business or entity, including the RTA, its affiliated companies, and its and their employees and agents;
  • encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, or that gives rise to civil liability;
  • removes, alters, reproduces, distorts, or in any way obstructs any trademark, logo, copyright or other proprietary notices, legends, symbols or labels provided as part of the Materials or the RTA website;
  • uses the Materials or the RTA website for any purpose other than as expressly permitted;
  • interferes or disrupts the RTA servers or networks, or disobeys any network access or security requirements, policies, procedures or regulations of the RTA;
  • interferes with the rights of others to use the Materials or the RTA website;
  • uses the Materials or the RTA website as a means to engage in conduct that reflects poorly upon, disparages or devalues the RTA's reputation or goodwill, as determined in the RTA's sole discretion; or
  • uses the Materials or the RTA website in conjunction with adult content or promotes illegal activities, gambling, or the sale of tobacco or alcohol to persons under twenty-one (21) years of age.

Procedure For Making Claims Of Copyright Infringement

If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on this website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify the RTA by contacting the Office of the General Counsel at the following address: 175 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1650, Chicago, IL 60604.

No Warranties

THIS WEBSITE AND THE MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED WITH ALL FAULTS ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. THE RTA, ITS LICENSORS AND OTHER SUPPLIERS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES THAT THE WEBSITE AND MATERIALS ARE FREE OF DEFECTS, VIRUS FREE, AND ABLE TO OPERATE ON AN UNINTERRUPTED BASIS, THAT THEY WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED, AND THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES THAT THE WEBSITE AND MATERIALS ARE MERCHANTABLE, OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, ACCURATE, FIT FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NEED, OR NON-INFRINGING, UNLESS SUCH IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE LEGALLY INCAPABLE OF EXCLUSION. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION GIVEN BY THE RTA, ITS AFFILIATES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES OR AUTHORIZED AGENTS SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY OR EXPAND THE SCOPE OF ANY WARRANTY THAT CANNOT BE DISCLAIMED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW. YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND THE MATERIALS IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

SOME STATES OR OTHER JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE AND JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION.

Your use of the website and Materials is at YOUR OWN RISK and the RTA is under no obligation to provide you with any support, error corrections, updates, upgrades, bug fixes and/or enhancements of the website and Materials.

Please note that the Materials may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. In addition, you may find that weather, construction projects, traffic conditions, or other events may cause travel conditions to differ from the listed results. Please obey the rules of the road at all times and comply with all posted signage.

The RTA has the right at any time to change, modify, add to or discontinue or retire any aspect or feature of the website or Materials, including, but not limited to, the software, content, hours of availability, equipment needed for access or use, or the availability of the website or Materials on any particular device or communications service. The RTA has no obligation to provide you with notice of any such changes.

Limitation of Liability

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE RTA, ITS PARENT, AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, DISTRIBUTORS, SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS, AGENTS OR RESELLERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, MISUSE OF, INABILITY TO USE, OR RELIANCE UPON THIS WEBSITE OR THE MATERIALS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, SAVINGS OR PROFITS. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF THE RTA HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. SUCH LIMITATION SHALL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

SOME STATES OR OTHER JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THE RTA'S LIABILITY IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

ADDITIONALLY, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE RTA BE HELD RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED OR ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED TO YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF OR RELIANCE ON ANY CONTENT, GOODS OR SERVICES AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH ANY SITES LINKED TO OR FROM THIS WEBSITE.

Without limiting the foregoing, under no circumstances shall the RTA be held liable for any delay or failure in performance resulting directly or indirectly from acts of nature, forces, or causes beyond its reasonable control, including, without limitation, Internet failures, computer equipment failures, telecommunication equipment failures, other equipment failures, electrical power failures, strikes, labor disputes, riots, insurrections, civil disturbances, shortages of labor or materials, fires, floods, storms, explosions, acts of God, war, governmental actions, orders of domestic or foreign courts or tribunals, non-performance of third parties, or loss of or fluctuations in heat, light, or air conditioning.

Indemnification

Upon a request by the RTA, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the RTA from all liabilities, claims, and expenses, including attorney's fees that arise from your violation of these Terms of Use or your use or misuse of the Materials or this website. The RTA reserves the right, at it own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will cooperate with the RTA in asserting any available defenses.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

Reference herein or on the website to any products, services, processes, hypertext links to third parties or other information by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply its endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation by The RTA. Product and service information are the sole responsibility of each individual vendor.

International Use

The RTA makes no representation that the Materials are appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United States, and accessing it from territories where the Materials are illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access this website from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

Choice Of Law And Forum

These Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, excluding its conflicts of law rules. You expressly agree that the exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or action arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use or your use of the Materials and this website shall be initiated and maintained only in the state courts located in Chicago, IL (USA) or the federal court located in the Northern District of Illinois, USA, and you further agree and submit to the exercise of personal jurisdiction and venue of such courts for the purpose of litigating any such claim or action. Any action by you against the RTA hereunder shall be brought within one (1) year after the claim arose, or be barred.

Severability And Integration

These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and the RTA with respect to the Materials and this website. If any part of these Terms of Use is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties, and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.

Termination

The RTA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the Materials or to all or part of this website, with or without notice.

For further information, questions or problem reports regarding the Materials or this website, contact goroofeedback@rtachicago.org.