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Illinois panel OKs crossing safety improvement program


The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved its annual five-year Crossing Safety Improvement Program (FY 2025-2029) to implement safety upgrades at grade crossings across Illinois.

More than $410 million from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF) and Rebuild Illinois (RBI) will help local communities and railroads pay for safety improvements at 1,310 crossing locations, ICC officials said in a press release.

"Illinois is one of America’s largest rail transportation hubs, but there’s an inherent risk of crashes where highways and railroad tracks intersect. Greenlighting the use of the Grade Crossing Protection Fund is essential for keeping pedestrians and motorists safe at Illinois crossings," said ICC Chairman Doug Scott.

In 2023, preliminary statistics indicate there were 90 collisions at public crossings over rail track in Illinois, compared to 123 in 2022, a 26.8% decrease. Total fatalities resulting from collisions at crossings in Illinois fell from 28 in 2022 to 18 in 2023, a decrease of 35.7%.