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VEHICLES625 ILCS 5/18c-6202
(625 ILCS 5/) Illinois Vehicle Code.
(625 ILCS 5/18c-6202)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-6202)
Other Provisions Relating to Licensing and
Provisions in Articles II, III, and IV of Sub-chapter 4 of this Chapter,
governing the suspension, revocation, and transfer of motor
carrier of property licenses, the registration of interstate
motor carriers of property shall likewise govern motor carriers of passengers as if
all references therein were to motor carriers of passengers.
(Source: P.A. 85-553.)
625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 6 Art III
(625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 6 Art III heading)
ADDITION, CHANGE, REDUCTION, OR
DISCONTINUANCE OF SCHEDULED MOTOR BUS SERVICE
625 ILCS 5/18c-6301
(625 ILCS 5/18c-6301)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-6301)
No motor common carrier of passengers shall add to, change,
reduce, or discontinue service to any point along a route over
which the carrier is authorized to provide intrastate service,
except in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 85-553.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-6302
(625 ILCS 5/18c-6302)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-6302)
The following terms, when used in this Article,
shall have the hereinafter designated meanings.
(1) "Addition" to service means the institution of new
(2) "Change" in service means a change in the time or times of
scheduled service which does not constitute a reduction or
discontinuance of service.
(3) "Reduction" of service means any reduction in the level of
scheduled service which does not constitute discontinuance of
the carrier's service.
(4) "Discontinuance" of service means total discontinuance of
service to any point along a route over which the carrier is
authorized to provide service or reduction in the level of
service to any such point to less than one round trip per
weekday (Monday through Friday).
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-6303
(625 ILCS 5/18c-6303)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-6303)
Schedule Changes and Reductions in Service.
Any motor common carrier of passengers may add to, change, or
reduce the level of its service to any point along a route over
which the carrier is authorized to provide service, provided that
the addition, change or reduction does not constitute
discontinuance of service to any point along a route over which the carrier
is authorized to serve, after the carrier has served notice in
accordance with Commission regulations adopted pursuant to this
Article, and without prior authorization.
(Source: P.A. 84-796.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-6304
(625 ILCS 5/18c-6304)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-6304)
No motor common carrier of passengers shall discontinue service
to any point along a route over which the carrier is authorized
to provide service except in accordance with provisions of
Section 18c-6305 of this Chapter.
(Source: P.A. 84-796.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-6305
(625 ILCS 5/18c-6305)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-6305)
Prior Notice and Petition for Authorization.
(1) Annual and Amended Lists of Points Under Consideration for
By March of each calendar year, each motor carrier of
passengers shall submit to the Commission a list of routes and
points which it is authorized to serve which the carrier has
under consideration for discontinuance within the following
12 months. A carrier may amend its list on the
1st day of each subsequent month.
(2) Notice of Intent to Discontinue.
Not less than 30 days after a point appears on a
list of points under consideration for discontinuance, the
carrier may serve on the Commission the carrier's Notice of
Intent to discontinue service. Such notice shall be for the
purpose of alerting the Commission and allowing a period of
time during which alternatives to discontinuance, or
alternative service, may be explored.
(3) Petitions to Discontinue.
Not less than 60 nor more than 90 days after
the filing of a Notice of Intent to discontinue, the carrier
may formally propose discontinuance by filing in accordance
with such requirements as to form and content as the
Commission may prescribe. The Commission may investigate the
proposal, and may suspend the discontinuance pending the
outcome of the investigation for a period not to exceed
90 days from the date the proposal is filed. The
Commission shall determine, after considering the public need
for service, revenues (both those which have been received
and those which might be received, by subsidy or otherwise)
and variable costs associated with the service, and the
availability of reasonable alternative transportation service
whether the public convenience and necessity requires
continuation of the service proposed to be discontinued. If
the Commission determines that the public convenience and
necessity requires continuation, it shall so order;
otherwise, the proceeding shall be dismissed.
(4) Waiver or Notice.
Prior notice requirements under this Section may be waived
for good cause or where the carrier has made substantial
compliance with such prior notice requirements or compliance
is not necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Chapter.
(Source: P.A. 84-796.)
625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 6 Art IV
(625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 6 Art IV heading)
625 ILCS 5/18c-6401
(625 ILCS 5/18c-6401)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-6401)
The Commission may exercise, with respect to rate regulation of
motor carriers of passengers, any and all power which it may
exercise with respect to rate regulation of motor carriers of
property. Motor carriers of passengers shall be in all respects
subject to provisions of this Chapter governing ratemaking for motor
carriers of property, except as provided in 49 U.S. Code
(Source: P.A. 84-796.)
625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 6 Art V
(625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 6 Art V heading)
SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR
MOTOR CARRIERS OF PASSENGERS
625 ILCS 5/18c-6501
(625 ILCS 5/18c-6501)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-6501)
Hours of Service for Drivers.
No motor carrier of passengers shall operate any vehicle with a
manufacturer's rated seating capacity of more than 8
persons, including the driver, except in compliance with federal
hours of service regulations codified at 49 Code of Federal
Regulations Part 395, Hours of Service of Drivers, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 84-796.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-6502
(625 ILCS 5/18c-6502)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-6502)
Report and Investigation of Accidents.
Every motor carrier of passengers shall report to the
Commission, by the speediest means possible, whether telephone,
telegraph, or otherwise, every accident involving its
equipment which resulted in loss of life to any person. In
addition to reports required to be filed with the Department of
Transportation, under Article IV of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 of this
Code, such carrier shall file a written report with the
Commission, in accordance with regulations adopted hereunder,
of any accident which results in injury or loss of life to
any employee, or damage to the person or property of any
member of the public. The Commission and the Department of
Transportation may adopt, by
reference, such state or federal reporting requirements as
will effectuate the purposes of this Section and promote
uniformity in bus accident reporting.
The Commission and the Department of Transportation may investigate any
bus accident reported to
it or of which it acquires knowledge independent of reports
made by motor carriers of passengers, and shall have the
power to enter such orders and adopt such regulations as will
minimize the risk of future accidents.
(Source: P.A. 84-1246.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-6503
(625 ILCS 5/18c-6503)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-6503)
The provisions of Article IX of Subchapter 4
of this Chapter regarding insurance for motor carriers of property shall
apply to motor carriers of passengers subject to the jurisdiction of the
Commission under this Subchapter as if all references in Article IX were to
motor carriers of passengers.
(Source: P.A. 84-1025.)
625 ILCS 5/Ch. 18C Sub-ch. 7
(625 ILCS 5/Ch. 18C Sub-ch. 7 heading)
625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 7 Art I
(625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 7 Art I heading)
JURISDICTION OVER RAIL CARRIERS.
625 ILCS 5/18c-7101
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7101)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7101)
Jurisdiction Over Rail Carriers.
The jurisdiction of the
Commission under this Sub-chapter shall be exclusive and shall extend to
all intrastate and interstate rail carrier operations within this State,
except to the extent that its jurisdiction is preempted by valid provisions
of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980 or other valid federal statute, regulation, or
(Source: P.A. 85-406.)
625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 7 Art II
(625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 7 Art II heading)
REGISTRATION AND SERVICES
OF RAIL CARRIERS
625 ILCS 5/18c-7201
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7201)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7201)
Registration as a Rail Carrier.
(1) General Provisions.
Except as provided in subsection (2) of this Section, no
person shall operate as a rail carrier, and no person shall
begin or continue construction of any track or other
facilities, other than the repair or replacement of existing
plant, for use in operations as a rail carrier unless such
person has registered with the Commission as a rail carrier.
Each rail carrier operating within the State of Illinois on
the effective date of this Chapter shall automatically be deemed,
as of that date, to have registered as a rail carrier for
purposes of this Section. Such constructive registration
shall expire on the 180th day after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1985.
(Source: P.A. 84-796
625 ILCS 5/18c-7202
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7202)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7202)
Duties and Obligations of Rail Carriers.
Each rail carrier shall provide adequate service to the public at
reasonable rates and without discrimination.
(Source: P.A. 84-796.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-7203
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7203)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7203)
(Source: P.A. 84-796. Repealed by P.A. 90-257, eff. 7-30-97.)
625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 7 Art III
(625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 7 Art III heading)
625 ILCS 5/18c-7301
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7301)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7301)
(Source: P.A. 84-796. Repealed by P.A. 90-257, eff. 7-30-97.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-7302
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7302)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7302)
(Source: P.A. 84-796. Repealed by P.A. 90-257, eff. 7-30-97.)
625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 7 Art IV
(625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 7 Art IV heading)
SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR RAIL CARRIERS
625 ILCS 5/18c-7401
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7401)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7401)
Safety Requirements for Track, Facilities, and
(1) General Requirements. Each rail carrier shall, consistent with rules,
orders, and regulations of the Federal Railroad Administration, construct,
maintain, and operate all of its equipment, track, and other property in this
State in such a manner as to pose no undue risk to its employees or the person
or property of any member of the public.
(2) Adoption of Federal Standards. The track safety standards and
accident/incident standards promulgated by the Federal Railroad Administration
shall be safety standards of the Commission. The Commission may, in addition,
adopt by reference in its regulations other federal railroad safety standards,
whether contained in federal statutes or in regulations adopted pursuant to
(3) Railroad Crossings. No public road, highway, or street shall hereafter
be constructed across the track of any rail carrier at grade, nor shall the
track of any rail carrier be constructed across a public road, highway or
street at grade, without having first secured the permission of the Commission;
provided, that this Section shall not apply to the replacement of lawfully
existing roads, highways and tracks.
No public pedestrian bridge or subway shall be constructed across the track
of any rail carrier without having first secured the permission of the
The Commission shall have the right to
refuse its permission or to grant it upon such terms and conditions as it may
The Commission shall have power to determine and prescribe the
manner, including the particular point of crossing, and the terms of
installation, operation, maintenance, use and protection of each such crossing.
The Commission shall also have power, after a hearing, to
require major alteration of or to abolish any crossing,
heretofore or hereafter established, when in its opinion, the
public safety requires such alteration or abolition, and,
except in cities, villages and incorporated towns of
1,000,000 or more inhabitants, to vacate and close that part
of the highway on such crossing altered or abolished and
cause barricades to be erected across such highway in such
manner as to prevent the use of such crossing as a highway,
when, in the opinion of the Commission, the public
convenience served by the crossing in question is not such as
to justify the further retention thereof; or to require a
separation of grades, at railroad-highway grade crossings; or to
separation of grades at any proposed crossing where a
proposed public highway may cross the tracks of any rail
carrier or carriers; and to prescribe, after a hearing of the parties,
the terms upon which such separations shall be made and the
proportion in which the expense of the alteration or
abolition of such crossings or the separation of such grades, having regard
to the benefits, if any, accruing to the rail carrier or any party in
shall be divided between the rail carrier or carriers affected, or
between such carrier or carriers and the State, county, municipality
or other public authority in interest.
However, a public hearing by the Commission to abolish a crossing shall not
when the public highway authority in interest vacates the highway. In such
the rail carrier, following notification to the Commission and the highway
authority, shall remove any grade crossing warning devices and the grade
The Commission shall also have power by its order to require
the reconstruction, minor alteration, minor relocation or
improvement of any crossing (including the necessary highway
approaches thereto) of any railroad across any highway or
public road, pedestrian bridge, or pedestrian subway, whether such crossing
be at grade
or by overhead
structure or by subway, whenever the Commission finds after a
hearing or without a hearing as otherwise provided in this
paragraph that such reconstruction, alteration, relocation or
improvement is necessary to preserve or promote the safety or
convenience of the public or of the employees or passengers
of such rail carrier or carriers. By its original order or
supplemental orders in such case, the Commission may direct such
reconstruction, alteration, relocation, or improvement to be
made in such manner and upon such terms and conditions as may
be reasonable and necessary
and may apportion the cost of
such reconstruction, alteration, relocation or improvement
and the subsequent maintenance thereof, having regard to the benefits, if
to the railroad or any party in interest,
between the rail
carrier or carriers and public utilities affected, or between such
carrier or carriers and public utilities and the State, county,
municipality or other public authority in interest. The cost
to be so apportioned shall include the cost of changes or
alterations in the equipment of public utilities affected as
well as the cost of the relocation, diversion or
establishment of any public highway, made necessary by such
reconstruction, alteration, relocation or improvement of said
crossing. A hearing shall not be required in those instances
when the Commission enters an order confirming a written
stipulation in which the Commission, the public highway
authority or other public authority in interest, the rail carrier or
affected, and in
instances involving the use of the Grade Crossing Protection
Fund, the Illinois Department of Transportation, agree on the
reconstruction, alteration, relocation, or improvement and
the subsequent maintenance thereof and the division of costs
of such changes of any grade crossing (including the
necessary highway approaches thereto) of any railroad across
any highway, pedestrian bridge, or pedestrian subway.
Every rail carrier operating in the State of Illinois shall
construct and maintain every highway crossing over its tracks
within the State so that the roadway at the intersection
shall be as flush with the rails as superelevated curves will
allow, and, unless otherwise ordered by the Commission, shall
construct and maintain the approaches thereto at a grade of
not more than 5% within the right of way for a distance of
not less the 6 feet on each side of the centerline of such
tracks; provided, that the grades at the approaches may be
maintained in excess of 5% only when authorized by the
Every rail carrier operating within this State shall remove
from its right of way at all railroad-highway grade crossings within the
State, such brush, shrubbery, and trees as is reasonably
practical for a distance of not less than 500 feet in either
direction from each grade crossing.
The Commission shall have power, upon its own motion, or upon
complaint, and after having made proper investigation, to
require the installation of adequate and appropriate luminous
reflective warning signs, luminous flashing
gates illuminated at night, or other protective devices
order to promote and safeguard the health and safety of the
Luminous flashing signal or crossing gate
devices installed at grade crossings, which have been approved
by the Commission, shall be deemed adequate and appropriate.
The Commission shall have authority to determine the number,
type, and location of such signs, signals, gates, or other
protective devices which, however, shall conform as near as
may be with generally recognized national standards, and the
Commission shall have authority to prescribe the division of
the cost of the installation and subsequent maintenance of
such signs, signals, gates, or other protective
devices between the rail carrier or carriers, the public highway
authority or other public authority in
interest, and in instances involving the use of the Grade
Crossing Protection Fund, the Illinois Department of
Except where train crews provide flagging of the crossing to road users, yield signs shall be installed at all highway intersections with every grade crossing in this State that is not equipped with automatic warning devices, such as luminous flashing signals or crossing gate devices. A stop sign may be used in lieu of the yield sign when an engineering study conducted in cooperation with the highway authority and the Illinois Department of Transportation has determined that a stop sign is warranted. If the Commission has ordered the installation of luminous flashing signal or
crossing gate devices at a grade crossing not equipped with active warning devices, the Commission shall order the
installation of temporary stop signs at the highway intersection with the grade
crossing unless an engineering study has determined that a stop sign is not appropriate. If a stop sign is not appropriate, the Commission may order the installation of other appropriate supplemental signing as determined by an engineering study. The temporary signs shall remain in place until the luminous
flashing signal or crossing gate devices have been installed.
The rail carrier is responsible for the installation and subsequent
maintenance of any required signs.
The permanent signs shall be in place by July 1, 2011.
No railroad may change or modify the warning device system at a
railroad-highway grade crossing, including warning systems interconnected with
highway traffic control signals, without having first received the approval of
the Commission. The Commission shall have the further power, upon application,
upon its own motion, or upon
complaint and after having made proper investigation, to require
the interconnection of grade crossing warning devices with traffic control
signals at highway intersections located at or near railroad crossings within
the distances described by the State Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
adopted pursuant to Section 11-301 of this Code. In addition, State and local
authorities may not install, remove, modernize, or otherwise modify traffic
control signals at a highway intersection that is interconnected or proposed to
be interconnected with grade crossing warning devices when the change affects
the number, type, or location of traffic control devices on the track approach
leg or legs of the intersection or the timing of the railroad preemption
sequence of operation until the Commission has approved the installation,
removal, modernization, or modification.
Commission approval shall be limited to consideration of
issues directly affecting the public safety at the railroad-highway grade
crossing. The electrical circuit devices, alternate warning devices, and
preemption sequences shall conform as nearly as possible, considering the
particular characteristics of the crossing and
intersection area, to the State manual adopted by the Illinois Department of
Transportation pursuant to Section 11-301 of this Code and such federal
standards as are made applicable by subsection (2) of this Section. In order
to carry out this authority, the Commission shall have the authority to
determine the number, type, and location of traffic control devices on the
track approach leg or legs of the intersection and the timing of the railroad
preemption sequence of operation.
The Commission shall prescribe the division of costs for installation and
maintenance of all devices required by this paragraph between the railroad or
railroads and the highway authority in interest and in instances involving the
use of the Grade Crossing Protection Fund or a State highway, the Illinois
Department of Transportation.
Any person who unlawfully or maliciously removes, throws
down, damages or defaces any sign, signal, gate or other
protective device, located at or near any public grade
crossing, shall be guilty of a petty offense and fined not
less than $50 nor more than $200 for each offense. In
addition to fines levied under the provisions of this
Section a person adjudged guilty hereunder may also be
directed to make restitution for the costs of repair or
replacement, or both, necessitated by his misconduct.
It is the public policy of the State of Illinois to enhance public safety
by establishing safe grade crossings. In order to implement this policy, the
Illinois Commerce Commission is directed to conduct public hearings and to
adopt specific criteria by July 1, 1994, that shall be adhered to by the
Illinois Commerce Commission in determining if a grade crossing should be
opened or abolished. The following factors shall be considered by the
Illinois Commerce Commission in developing the specific criteria for opening
and abolishing grade crossings:
(a) timetable speed of passenger trains;
(b) distance to an alternate crossing;
(c) accident history for the last 5 years;
(d) number of vehicular traffic and posted speed
(e) number of freight trains and their timetable
(f) the type of warning device present at the grade
(g) alignments of the roadway and railroad, and the
angle of intersection of those alignments;
(h) use of the grade crossing by trucks carrying
hazardous materials, vehicles carrying passengers for hire, and school buses; and
(i) use of the grade crossing by emergency vehicles.
The Illinois Commerce Commission, upon petition to open or abolish a grade
crossing, shall enter an order opening or abolishing the crossing if it meets
the specific criteria adopted by the Commission.
Except as otherwise provided in this subsection (3), in no instance shall
a grade crossing be permanently closed
without public hearing first being held and notice of such
hearing being published in an area newspaper of local general
(4) Freight Trains - Radio Communications.
The Commission shall after hearing and order require that
every main line railroad freight train operating on main
tracks outside of yard limits within this State shall be
equipped with a radio communication system. The Commission
after notice and hearing may grant exemptions from the
requirements of this Section as to secondary and branch
(5) Railroad Bridges and Trestles - Walkway and Handrail.
In cases in which the Commission finds the same to be
practical and necessary for safety of railroad employees,
bridges and trestles, over and upon which railroad trains are
operated, shall include as a part thereof, a safe and
suitable walkway and handrail on one side only of such bridge
or trestle, and such handrail shall be located at the outer
edge of the walkway and shall provide a clearance of not less
than 8 feet, 6 inches, from the center line of the nearest
track, measured at right angles thereto.
(6) Packages Containing Articles for First Aid to Injured on Trains.
(a) All rail carriers shall provide a first aid kit
that contains, at a minimum, those articles prescribed by the Commission, on each train or engine, for first aid to persons who may be injured in the course of the operation of such trains.
(b) A vehicle, excluding a taxi cab used in an
emergency situation, operated by a contract carrier transporting railroad employees in the course of their employment shall be equipped with a readily available first aid kit that contains, as a minimum, the same articles that are required on each train or engine.
(7) Abandoned Bridges, Crossings, and Other Rail Plant.
The Commission shall have authority, after notice and hearing, to order:
(a) The removal of any abandoned railroad tracks from
roads, streets or other thoroughfares in this State; and
(b) The removal of abandoned overhead railroad
structures crossing highways, waterways, or railroads.
The Commission may equitably apportion the cost of such
actions between the rail carrier or carriers, public utilities, and
the State, county, municipality, township, road district, or
other public authority in interest.
(8) Railroad-Highway Bridge Clearance. A vertical clearance of not less
than 23 feet
above the top of rail shall be provided for all new or reconstructed highway
bridges constructed over a railroad track. The Commission may permit a lesser
clearance if it determines
that the 23 foot clearance standard cannot be justified based on
engineering, operational, and economic conditions.
(Source: P.A. 96-470, eff. 8-14-09; 97-374, eff. 1-1-12.)