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shall be used by the Department of Transportation exclusively
for the purpose of separating railroad crossings used by
passenger rail operators, with priority given to crossings with
the highest amounts of road traffic. The Department of
Transportation may adopt rules to implement this Section.
(b) The Department of Transportation shall compile a list
of the grade crossings to be separated in order of priority.
Each of the potential grade crossings to be separated shall be
ranked on the following criteria: (i) average vehicle traffic
delay from train movement and (ii) number of pedestrian-train
or vehicle-train collisions in the last 10 years.
(c) The Department of Transportation shall consult and
coordinate with the Illinois Commerce Commission's Rail Safety
Division to develop the list of potential grade crossings to be
separated using funds from the Grade Crossing Separation Fund.
(d) Grade crossing separation projects may be on a State or
(e) Grade crossing separation projects with local,
federal, or freight rail matches shall be prioritized over
projects without any match.
This Act takes effect upon