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Full Text of HB1711  97th General Assembly


Rep. Cynthia Soto

Filed: 3/7/2011





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1711 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by
5changing Section 11-709.1 and by adding Sections 1-209.3,
611-709.2, and 11-709.3 as follows:
7    (625 ILCS 5/1-209.3 new)
8    Sec. 1-209.3. Transit bus. A bus engaged in public
9transportation as defined by the Regional Transportation
10Authority Act and authorized by the Department to be used on
11specifically designated roadway shoulders.
12    (625 ILCS 5/11-709.1)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-709.1)
13    Sec. 11-709.1. Driving on the shoulder.
14    (a) Vehicles shall be driven on a roadway, and shall only
15be driven on the shoulder for the purpose of stopping or



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1accelerating from a stop while merging into traffic. It shall
2be a violation of this Section if while merging into traffic
3and while on the shoulder, the vehicle passes any other vehicle
4on the roadway adjacent to it.
5    (b) This Section shall not apply to any authorized
6emergency vehicle, to any authorized transit bus, to any farm
7tractor or implement of husbandry, to any service vehicle while
8engaged in maintenance of the highway or related work, or to
9any authorized vehicle within a designated construction zone.
10(Source: P.A. 95-785, eff. 8-7-08.)
11    (625 ILCS 5/11-709.2 new)
12    Sec. 11-709.2. Bus on shoulder pilot program.
13    (a) For purposes of this Section, "bus on shoulders" is the
14use of specifically designated shoulders of roadways by
15authorized transit buses. The shoulders may be used by transit
16buses at times and locations as set by the Department in
17cooperation with the Regional Transportation Authority.
18    (b) Commencing on the effective date of this amendatory Act
19of the 97th General Assembly, the Department along with the
20Regional Transportation Authority in cooperation with the
21Illinois State Police shall establish a 5-year pilot program
22within the boundaries of the Regional Transportation Authority
23for transit buses on highways and shoulders. The pilot program
24may be implemented on shoulders of highways as designated by
25the Department in cooperation with the Regional Transportation



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1Authority. The Department may adopt rules necessary for transit
2buses to use roadway shoulders.
3    (c) After the pilot program established under subsection
4(b) of this Section has been operating for 2 years, the
5Department in cooperation with the Regional Transit Authority
6and the Illinois State Police shall issue a report to the
7General Assembly on the effectiveness of the bus on shoulders
8pilot program.
9    (625 ILCS 5/11-709.3 new)
10    Sec. 11-709.3. Transit buses on shoulders - toll highways.
11The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority may allow transit
12buses to use the shoulders of highways under its jurisdiction
13as part of the bus on shoulder pilot program under Section
1411-709.2 of this Code.
15    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
16becoming law.".