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Connecticut Laws | Title 13b Transportation
CHAPTER 245a* RAILROAD CONSTRUCTION AND LOCATION
Sec. 13b-310. (Formerly Sec. 16-137). Change of station when line is moved.

Sec. 13b-310. (Formerly Sec. 16-137). Change of station when line is moved. (1253)(Text)

Whenever any company changes the location of the track of any railroad owned or leased by such company, for the purpose of improving the line of the railroad, and desires to abandon the former line and there is a railroad station upon the line which it is proposed to abandon, such company may apply in writing to the Commissioner of Transportation for authority to abandon the use of such station, after a new station has been provided at some convenient point upon the new line of such railroad. Whenever such application is made, the commissioner shall fix a time and place for a hearing and shall give notice of the same by causing to be posted at least thirty days before the time of such hearing, in the railroad station which it is proposed to abandon, a copy of such application and order of notice and may, upon such hearing, fix the location of a new station upon the new line. When such new station has been constructed and opened for the use of the public, such company may abandon the old station. (1254)

Sec. 13b-311. (Formerly Sec. 16-138). Rebuilding or repairing of station. (1255)(Text)

Whenever any freight or passenger station on any railroad is destroyed or rendered unfit for use, the company owning such station shall rebuild or repair the same within a reasonable time unless excused by the Commissioner of Transportation. If such company neglects so to do, the commissioner shall make such order regarding such rebuilding or repairing as he deems equitable, and such order may be enforced by mandamus brought in the name of the state. (1256)

Sec. 13b-312. Owner of station to comply with structural guidelines and standards. (1257)(Text)

Any person, firm or corporation owning a railroad station in use as such in this state shall comply with all structural guidelines and standards for railroad stations, established by the Department of Transportation, concerned with, but not limited to, the health, safety and security of all individuals using such stations. (1258)

Sec. 13b-313. (Formerly Sec. 16-139). Petition to stop trains. (1259)(Text)

Section 13b-313 is repealed, effective October 1, 2002. (1260)

Sec. 13b-314. (Formerly Sec. 16-139a). Maintenance of station by municipality. (1261)(Text)

Any town, city or borough may, by ordinance, provide for the maintenance of any railroad passenger station building and grounds within its limits, or may do so indirectly, by paying the railroad to do such maintenance work, and may make appropriations for such purposes. (1262)

Sec. 13b-315. Enforcement of statutory provisions and orders of commissioner. (1263)(Text)

On application of the Commissioner of Transportation or of the Attorney General, the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford may enforce, by appropriate decree or process, any provision of this chapter and chapters 245 and 245b or any valid order of the Commissioner of Transportation pursuant to these chapters. (1264)

Secs. 13b-316 to 13b-323. (1265)(Text)

Reserved for future use. (1266)

CHAPTER 245b* RAILROAD OPERATIONS (1267)(Text)

Sec. 13b-324. (Formerly Sec. 16-140). Compliance with orders re operation of trains. Accident notification requirements. (1268)(Text)

(a) The Commissioner of Transportation shall investigate the operating and manning of passenger and freight trains and make such orders, regulations or recommendations as, upon investigation, the commissioner deems necessary for the safety and protection of the public or of the employees of any railroad company operating such trains. Any railroad company that fails to comply with any valid order of the commissioner shall be fined not more that one thousand dollars for each offense and be liable in double damages for any resulting injury or damages to any person. (1269)

(b) In the event of an accident involving personal injury or affecting the public safety occurring on any of its property or involving any of its equipment, a railroad company shall notify the commissioner as soon as possible after the accident. Any notice given orally shall be confirmed in writing within five days. Any railroad company that fails to comply with this subsection shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars for each offense. (1270)

Sec. 13b-325. (Formerly Sec. 16-141). Operation of motor buses. (1271)(Text)

Any railroad company operating a railroad in the state may apply to the Department of Transportation for certificates of public convenience and necessity pursuant to the provisions of chapter 244 and, subject to the provisions thereof, so far as the same may be applicable, may acquire, own and operate motor vehicles for the purpose of carrying passengers for hire upon the highways of the state at a fixed individual or per capita fare and for the purpose of transporting property for hire upon such highways. (1272)

Secs. 13b-326 to 13b-328. (Formerly Secs. 16-142 to 16-144). Operation: Of gasoline cars; by electricity; of aircraft. (1273)(Text)

Sections 13b-326 to 13b-328, inclusive, are repealed, effective October 1, 2002. (1274)

Sec. 13b-329. (Formerly Sec. 16-145). Audible signals; distance from grade crossing when sounding is to commence; maximum decibel level regulations. (1275)(Text)

(a) Each engine used upon a railroad shall be supplied with an audible signal of sufficient amplification for existing circumstances, which audible signal shall be so attached to such engine as to be conveniently accessible to the engineer and in good order for use. Each person controlling the motions of an engine on a railroad shall commence sounding the audible signal when such engine is approaching and is within eighty rods of the place where such railroad crosses any highway at grade and shall keep such audible signal occasionally sounding until such engine has crossed such highway, provided when it appears to the Commissioner of Transportation upon the written complaint of an elected official of any town, city or borough wherein such crossing at grade is located that public safety requires the commencing of the sounding of the audible signal at a distance greater or lesser than eighty rods from such crossing at grade, the Commissioner of Transportation shall make such order in relation thereto as he deems advisable, provided in no event shall said Commissioner of Transportation order the sounding of any audible signal to commence at a distance of less than twenty-seven rods from any crossing at grade. The company in whose service such person may be shall pay all damages which may accrue to any person in consequence of any omission to comply with any provision of this subsection; and no railroad company shall knowingly employ an engineer who has been twice convicted of violating any provision of this subsection. (1276)

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