TRAIN SPEED-FOX RIVER GROVE
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Vehicle Code to require the Commerce Commission and
the Metropolitan Transit Authority to conduct a pilot project in the
Village of Fox River Grove, the site of a fatal school bus accident at
a railroad crossing, in order to improve railroad crossing safety.
Directs the Commission to set the maximum speed limit for Metropolitan
Transit Authority trains at 50 miles per hour in the Village of Fox
River Grove. Provides that if the Authority deliberately fails to
comply with this speed limit, an entity shall appropriately reduce or
eliminate funding. Requires the Commission and the Authority to report
annually to the Governor and General Assembly on the project.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Replaces references to the Metropolitan Transit Authority with
the Regional Transportation Authority and its Board of the Commuter
Rail Division. Provides that the maximum train speed limit is 50 miles
per hour at intersections on that portion of the rail line (instead of
50 miles per hour on that portion of the rail line) located in the
Village of Fox River Grove.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Adds reference to:
625 ILCS 5/18c-7402.5 new
Deletes everything. Reinserts the engrossed bill but with the
following changes. Provides that the provisions concerning requiring
the Commerce Commission to conduct a pilot project by setting the
speed limit for Metropolitan Transit Authority trains at 50 miles per
hour in the Village of Fox River Grove are inoperative after February
1, 2001. Provides that the Commission (instead of the Commission and
the Authority) shall report on the project to the Governor and General
Assembly in January 1999, January 2000, and January 2001, with a final
report in January 2001 also (instead of reporting annually). Further
amends the Vehicle Code. Requires the Commerce Commission to conduct
a safety study at railroad crossings in the Village of Fox River
Grove, in consultation with the Village of Fox River Grove. Requires
the Commission to conduct at least one public forum to discuss
railroad crossing safety, including the impact of lowering train
speeds. Requires the Commission to report to the Governor and the
General Assembly on the results of this study and forum. Repeals
these safety study and forum provisions on February 1, 2001. Adds a
January 1, 1998 effective date.
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 90-0187
Last action date: 97-07-24
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 1
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