Synopsis As Introduced Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Grade Crossing Separation Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Provides that $5,000,000 shall be transferred to the Fund from the Motor Fuel Tax Fund each month. Provides that moneys in the Fund shall be used by the Department of Transportation to separate railroad crossings used by passenger rail operators. Provides that the Department may adopt rules to administer the Fund. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause with substantially similar provisions, but with changes that include the following: (1) provides that the Department of Transportation shall compile a list of the grade crossings to be separated in order of priority; (2) provides that the Department shall consult and coordinate with the Illinois Commerce Commission's Rail Safety Division to develop the list of potential grade crossings; and (3) provides that grade crossing separation projects with local, federal, or freight rail matches shall be prioritized over projects without any match. Effective immediately.