RAIL CARRIER-GRADE CROSSING
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Motor Fuel Tax Law and the Illinois Vehicle Code.
Amends the Motor Fuel Tax Law to provide that a certain amount of
money is to be used by the Department of Transportation to pay the
costs of maintenance, repair, reconstruction, or replacement of the
grade crossing surface structure. Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code.
Provides that a public hearing to abolish a crossing shall not be
required when the public highway authority in interest vacates the
highway. Provides that in such instance, the rail carrier, following
notification to the Illinois Commerce Commission and the highway
authority, shall remove any grade crossing warning devices and the
grade crossing surface. Requires a vertical clearance of not less
than 23 feet to be provided for highway bridges constructed over a
railroad track. Provides that a person who causes or attempts to
cause the derailment of an engine, cars, or a track vehicle is guilty
of a Class 4 felony. Makes other changes.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Deletes reference to:
625 ILCS 5/18c-7504
Removes provisions that require money in the Motor Fuel Tax Fund
to be used by the Department of Transportation to pay for the mainte-
nance of crossing protective devices and the costs of maintenance,
repair, reconstruction, or replacement of the grade crossing surface
structure. Removes the provision that allows the Illinois Commerce
Commission to require the installation of yield signs and stop signs.
Removes the provision that requires a rail carrier to erect and main-
tain fences until it abandons its operations over the rail lines.
FISCAL NOTE (DOT)
SB 1875 will have no direct fiscal impact. The annual funding
mechanism for the Grade Crossing Protection Fund is not alter-
ed by this bill. There will still be $18 million annually
transferred to the Fund with $6 million earmarked for bridges.
Corrections population and fiscal impacts are minimal.
HOME RULE NOTE
Fails to preempt home rule authority.
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 90-0691
Last action date: 98-07-31
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 0 SENATE - 1
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