Synopsis As Introduced Urges President Obama to fill the vacancy on the Surface Transportation Board with an appointee with extensive knowledge of transportation, freight, and shipping issues quickly; and informs the President that the State of Illinois, including the Department of Transportation, will show preference in the programming of railroad funds and rail-to-road grade separation project funds to projects where the federal Surface Transportation Board has ordered a private entity to partially fund improvements necessary to mitigate impacts at significantly affected grade crossings.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Deletes a WHEREAS clause regarding communities that are not allowed to express public safety issues and other issues surrounding the Canadian National Railway's operations on the EJ&E as part of negotiated settlements with Canadian National.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3 In provisions calling for the Senate to inform President Obama that Illinois will give consideration in the programming of railroad funds to projects where the STB has ordered a private entity to partially fund improvements, provides that this be done "to the greatest extent possible".