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VEHICLES625 ILCS 5/18c-7401.1
(625 ILCS 5/) Illinois Vehicle Code.
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7401.1)
Rules for safe railroad worker walkways.
Within 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, the Commission shall adopt rules regarding safe walkways for railroad workers in areas where work is regularly performed on the ground. The rules must include, at a minimum, a requirement that any walkway (i) have a reasonably uniform surface, (ii) be maintained in a safe condition, and (iii) be reasonably free of obstacles, debris, and other hazards.
(Source: P.A. 93-791, eff. 7-22-04.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-7402
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7402)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7402)
Safety Requirements for Railroad Operations.
(1) Obstruction of Crossings.
(a) Obstruction of Emergency Vehicles. Every railroad
shall be operated in such a manner as to minimize obstruction of emergency vehicles at crossings. Where such obstruction occurs and the train crew is aware of the obstruction, the train crew shall immediately take any action, consistent with safe operating procedure, necessary to remove the obstruction. In the Chicago and St. Louis switching districts, every railroad dispatcher or other person responsible for the movement of railroad equipment in a specific area who receives notification that railroad equipment is obstructing the movement of an emergency vehicle at any crossing within such area shall immediately notify the train crew through use of existing communication facilities. Upon notification, the train crew shall take immediate action in accordance with this paragraph.
(b) Obstruction of Highway at Grade Crossing
Prohibited. It is unlawful for a rail carrier to permit any train, railroad car or engine to obstruct public travel at a railroad-highway grade crossing for a period in excess of 10 minutes, except where such train or railroad car is continuously moving or cannot be moved by reason of circumstances over which the rail carrier has no reasonable control.
In a county with a population of greater than 1,000,000, as determined by
the most recent federal census, during the
hours of 7:00 a.m. through 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. it is
unlawful for a rail carrier to permit any single train or railroad car to
public travel at a railroad-highway grade crossing in excess of a total of 10
minutes during a 30 minute period, except where the train or railroad
cannot be moved by reason or circumstances over which the rail carrier has no
reasonable control. Under no circumstances will a moving train be stopped for
the purposes of
issuing a citation related to this Section.
However, no employee acting under the rules or orders of the rail carrier or
its supervisory personnel may be prosecuted for a violation of this
(c) Punishment for Obstruction of Grade Crossing. Any
rail carrier violating paragraph (b) of this subsection shall be guilty of a petty offense and fined not less than $200 nor more than $500 if the duration of the obstruction is in excess of 10 minutes but no longer than 15 minutes. If the duration of the obstruction exceeds 15 minutes the violation shall be a business offense and the following fines shall be imposed: if the duration of the obstruction is in excess of 15 minutes but no longer than 20 minutes, the fine shall be $500; if the duration of the obstruction is in excess of 20 minutes but no longer than 25 minutes, the fine shall be $700; if the duration of the obstruction is in excess of 25 minutes, but no longer than 30 minutes, the fine shall be $900; if the duration of the obstruction is in excess of 30 minutes but no longer than 35 minutes, the fine shall be $1,000; if the duration of the obstruction is in excess of 35 minutes, the fine shall be $1,000 plus an additional $500 for each 5 minutes of obstruction in excess of 25 minutes of obstruction.
(2) Other Operational Requirements.
(a) Bell and Whistle-Crossings. Every rail carrier
shall cause a bell, and a whistle or horn to be placed and kept on each locomotive, and shall cause the same to be rung or sounded by the engineer or fireman, at the distance of a least 1,320 feet, from the place where the railroad crosses or intersects any public highway, and shall be kept ringing or sounding until the highway is reached; provided that at crossings where the Commission shall by order direct, only after a hearing has been held to determine the public is reasonably and sufficiently protected, the rail carrier may be excused from giving warning provided by this paragraph.
(a-5) The requirements of paragraph (a) of this
subsection (2) regarding ringing a bell and sounding a whistle or horn do not apply at a railroad crossing that has a permanently installed automated audible warning device authorized by the Commission under Section 18c-7402.1 that sounds automatically when an approaching train is at least 1,320 feet from the crossing and that keeps sounding until the lead locomotive has crossed the highway. The engineer or fireman may ring the bell or sound the whistle or horn at a railroad crossing that has a permanently installed audible warning device.
(b) Speed Limits. Each rail carrier shall operate its
trains in compliance with speed limits set by the Commission. The Commission may set train speed limits only where such limits are necessitated by extraordinary circumstances effecting the public safety, and shall maintain such train speed limits in effect only for such time as the extraordinary circumstances prevail.
The Commission and the Department of Transportation
shall conduct a study of the relation between train speeds and railroad-highway grade crossing safety. The Commission shall report the findings of the study to the General Assembly no later than January 5, 1997.
(c) Special Speed Limit; Pilot Project. The
Commission and the Board of the Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority shall conduct a pilot project in the Village of Fox River Grove, the site of the fatal school bus accident at a railroad crossing on October 25, 1995, in order to improve railroad crossing safety. For this project, the Commission is directed to set the maximum train speed limit for Regional Transportation Authority trains at 50 miles per hour at intersections on that portion of the intrastate rail line located in the Village of Fox River Grove. If the Regional Transportation Authority deliberately fails to comply with this maximum speed limit, then any entity, governmental or otherwise, that provides capital or operational funds to the Regional Transportation Authority shall appropriately reduce or eliminate that funding. The Commission shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the results of this pilot project in January 1999, January 2000, and January 2001. The Commission shall also submit a final report on the pilot project to the Governor and the General Assembly in January 2001. The provisions of this subsection (c), other than this sentence, are inoperative after February 1, 2001.
(3) Report and Investigation of Rail Accidents.
(a) Reports. Every rail carrier shall report to the
Commission, by the speediest means possible, whether telephone, telegraph, or otherwise, every accident involving its equipment, track, or other property which resulted in loss of life to any person. In addition, such carriers shall file a written report with the Commission. Reports submitted under this paragraph shall be strictly confidential, shall be specifically prohibited from disclosure, and shall not be admissible in any administrative or judicial proceeding relating to the accidents reported.
(b) Investigations. The Commission may investigate
all railroad accidents reported to it or of which it acquires knowledge independent of reports made by rail carriers, and shall have the power, consistent with standards and procedures established under the Federal Railroad Safety Act, as amended, to enter such temporary orders as will minimize the risk of future accidents pending notice, hearing, and final action by the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 91-675, eff. 6-1-00; 92-284, eff. 8-9-01
625 ILCS 5/18c-7402.1
(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.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-7402.5
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7402.5)
(Source: P.A. 90-187, eff. 1-1-98. Repealed internally, eff. 2-1-01.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-7403
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7403)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7403)
Enforcement and Waiver of Safety Requirements.
Except with regard to grade crossing obstructions under
Section 18c-7402 of this Chapter and trespass on railroad rights of way and
yards under Section 18c-7503 of this Chapter, jurisdiction to initiate
actions to enforce provisions of this Chapter is vested
exclusively in the Commission. Where a valid federal
statute, regulation, or order sets forth procedures or
sanctions for violation of safety standards, and such
procedures or sanctions are preemptive of state law, the
Commission shall exercise its enforcement jurisdiction under
this Article in accordance therewith. Otherwise, the
provisions of this Chapter regarding enforcement procedures and
sanctions shall apply.
The Commission may waive any of the safety requirements under
this Article if continued adherence to the requirement or requirements is
not required for the safety of railroad employees or the
(Source: P.A. 90-257, eff. 7-30-97.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-7404
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7404)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7404)
Transportation of Hazardous Materials by Rail Carriers.
(1) Commission to Regulate Hazardous Materials Transportation by Rail Carrier.
(a) Powers of the Commission. The Commission is authorized to regulate the
transportation of hazardous materials by rail carrier by:
(i) Adopting by reference the hazardous materials
regulations of the Office of Hazardous Materials Transportation and
the Federal Railroad Administration of the United
States Department of Transportation, as amended;
(ii) Conducting investigations, issuing subpoenas, taking depositions,
requiring the production of relevant documents, records and property, and
conducting hearings in aid of such investigations;
(iii) Conducting a continuing review of all aspects of
hazardous materials transportation by rail carrier
to determine and recommend actions necessary to
insure safe transportation of such materials;
(iv) Undertaking, directly or indirectly, research,
development, demonstration and training activities;
(v) Cooperating with other State agencies and enter into
interagency agreements; and
(vi) Entering upon, inspecting and examining the records and
properties relating to the transportation of hazardous materials by rail,
including all portions of any facility used in the loading, unloading, and
actual movement of such materials, or in the storage of such materials
incidental to actual movement by rail;
(vii) Stopping and inspecting trains, at reasonable times and
locations and in a reasonable manner, or taking any
other action necessary to administer or enforce the
provisions of this Section.
(b) Scope of Section. The provisions of this Section apply generally to
the transportation of hazardous materials by rail carrier within the State
of Illinois, but do not apply to:
(i) Natural gas pipelines;
(ii) Transportation of firearms or ammunition for
personal use or in commerce; or
(iii) Transportation exempted by the Commission where the
exemption granted by the Commission is:
(A) Coextensive with an exemption granted by the
Office of Hazardous Materials and the Federal
Railroad Administration; or
(B) Otherwise exempt under statutes or regulations
governing similar transportation in interstate commerce.
(c) Rail Carriers to Comply with Commission Regulations.
No person shall transport hazardous materials by rail
carrier except in compliance with this Section,
Commission regulations and orders.
(a) Criminal Penalties. Any person who willfully violates the provisions
of this Section, Commission regulations or orders shall have committed a
class 3 felony and be subject to criminal penalties in an amount not to
(b) Civil Penalties. Any person who knowingly violates the provisions of
this Section, Commission regulations or orders shall also be subject to
civil penalties in an amount not to exceed $10,000.
(c) Injunctive Relief. The Commission may petition any circuit court
with venue and jurisdiction to enforce this Chapter to enjoin actions which
it has reason to believe may pose an imminent hazard, and to issue such
other orders as will eliminate or ameliorate the imminent hazard. As used
in this Section, "imminent hazard" means a substantial likelihood that
death, serious illness, or severe personal injury will occur prior to the
time during which an administrative proceeding to abate the danger could
normally be completed.
(3) Commission to Adopt Regulations. The Commission may adopt
regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials by rail carrier where:
(a) The risk created by such transportation is susceptible to
control by regulation;
(b) State regulation would be more effective in controlling
the risk than federal regulation; and
(c) The regulations adopted by the Commission are not
inconsistent with federal regulations.
(Source: P.A. 85-815.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-7405
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7405)
(a) Every Class I and Class II rail carrier, according to federal regulations,
operating in this State
must establish a counseling or trauma program and provide or make available
counseling or other critical incident stress debriefing services to each member
of an operating crew directly involved in an accident that results in loss of
life or serious bodily injury on its railway or right-of-way.
(b) Each Class I and Class II rail carrier, according to federal regulations,
operating in this State must file its counseling or trauma program
with the processing section of the Transportation Division of the Illinois
Commerce Commission, whose sole responsibility under this Section shall be to
receive the program and make it available
for public inspection. Each rail carrier subject to this subsection (b) must review and update its counseling or trauma program filing every 3 years, at the request of the Commission. Programs may be filed by mail or electronic mail. Electronic filings shall be submitted to an email address designated by the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 97-963, eff. 8-15-12.)
625 ILCS 5/18c-7406
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7406)
Closure of at-grade crossings; bicycle and pedestrian trails.
When considering the closure of an at-grade railroad crossing to public use, the Commission shall consider the status of the crossing as an element of a bicycle and pedestrian trail funded under the federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and its successor Acts.
(Source: P.A. 94-304, eff. 7-21-05.)
625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 7 Art V
(625 ILCS 5/Ch 18C Sub 7 Art V heading)