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(625 ILCS 5/18c-7402.1)
Pilot projects; automated
audible warning devices.
(a) The General Assembly finds and declares that, for
the communities of the State that are traversed by
railroads, there is a growing need to mitigate train horn
noise without compromising the safety of the public.
Therefore, after applications are filed and approved by the
Commission, the Commission shall authorize pilot projects
in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, and Will to test the
utility and safety of stationary automated audible warning
devices as an alternative to trains having to sound their
horns as they approach highway-rail crossings.
(b) In light of the pending proposed ruling by the
Federal Railroad Administration on the use of locomotive
horns at all highway-rail crossings across the nation, it
is in the best interest of the State for the
Commission to expedite the pilot projects in order to
contribute data to the federal rulemaking process regarding
the possible inclusion of stationary automated warning
devices in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, and Will as
a safety measure option to the proposed federal rule.
(c) The Commission shall adopt rules for implementing
the pilot projects in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake,
(Source: P.A. 92-284, eff. 8-9-01.)