(1) Whenever in this state a city of the metropolitan class, a county in which such city is located, one or more adjacent counties, and any city or village located in such counties are served in whole or in part by a common transit system, owned and controlled by a city of the metropolitan class as provided for in the Transit Authority Law, then the territory within the limits of the city of the metropolitan class and such counties, cities, or villages, including any counties, cities, and villages that may be now or hereafter served in whole or in part by the common transit system, shall form and constitute a transit authority. No county, city, or village shall become a part of the transit authority except upon approval of the governing body of the county, city, or village and formal approval and proclamation by the board of directors of the transit authority.
(2) Any city of the metropolitan class may create by ordinance a transit authority to be managed and controlled by a board of five members which shall be appointed as provided in section 14-1813 and shall have full and exclusive jurisdiction and control over all facilities owned or acquired by such city for a public passenger transportation system. The governing body of such city, in the exercise of its discretion, shall find and determine in the ordinance creating such transit authority that its creation is expedient and necessary. The chairperson of such transit authority shall be paid as compensation for his or her services not more than six hundred dollars per month. Each other member of such transit authority shall be paid as compensation for his or her services not more than five hundred dollars per month. All salaries and compensation shall be obligations against and paid solely from the revenue of such transit authority. Members of such transit authority shall also be entitled to reimbursement for expenses paid or incurred in the performance of the duties imposed upon them by the Transit Authority Law with reimbursement for mileage to be made at the rate provided in section 81-1176. The board may delegate to one or more of the members or to officers, agents, and employees of the authority such powers and duties as it may deem proper. Any transit authority created pursuant to such law shall have and retain full and exclusive jurisdiction and control over all public passenger transportation systems in such city, county in which such city is located, adjacent county, or city or village located in such counties served by the authority, excluding taxicabs and railroad systems, with the right and duty to charge and collect revenue for the operation and maintenance of such systems and for the benefit of the holders of any of its bonds or other liabilities. If such authority ceases to exist, its rights and properties shall pass to and vest in such city.