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Connecticut Laws | Title 13b Transportation
CHAPTER 245b* RAILROAD OPERATIONS
Sec. 13b-350. (Formerly Sec. 16-166). Standard time.

Section 13b-350 is repealed, effective October 1, 2002. (1331)

Sec. 13b-351. (Formerly Sec. 16-167). Approach to station. Forfeiture. (1332)(Text)

Each railroad company shall maintain a convenient and safe approach for vehicles to each of its passenger stations from the highway and, for a reasonable time before and after the arrival of any passenger train stopping at such station, shall keep such approach free from obstruction. The Commissioner of Transportation may make such orders as he deems necessary and reasonable in each such case to which his attention is called. Any company violating such an order shall forfeit to the state one hundred dollars for each day of such violation. (1333)

Sec. 13b-352. (Formerly Sec. 16-168). Platforms; hand cars; water; baggage checks; stations posted. (1334)(Text)

Section 13b-352 is repealed, effective October 1, 2002. (1335)

Sec. 13b-353. (Formerly Sec. 16-169). Water closets at stations. (1336)(Text)

Each company operating a railroad shall maintain at each regular passenger station such suitable water closets as in the judgment of the Commissioner of Transportation the public convenience may require. The commissioner may make all necessary orders relating thereto and enforce the same by mandamus in the name of the state. (1337)

Sec. 13b-354. (Formerly Sec. 16-169a). Maintenance of station and working yard areas. (1338)(Text)

As used in this section "working yard area" means the area used for the classification and storage of passenger and freight cars. Each railroad company shall maintain its station and working yard areas free from debris, weeds and vegetation. (1339)

Sec. 13b-354a. Maintenance of margins alongside tracks and rights-of-way. Filing complaint by railroad labor representative. Regulations. (1340)(Text)

(a) Every railroad shall maintain and keep clear of debris the margins alongside their tracks on their right-of-way and alongside their yard tracks used for switching operations where railroad employees are required to walk in the course of their duties. Such margins constitute the area between the ends of the ties and a distance of nine feet on either side of the center line of any track in any yard. Each railroad shall keep the area around any switch in any such yard clear of debris for a distance of nine feet on either side of the center line of any tracks wherein any such switch is located. Such debris shall include, but not be limited to, used or discarded brake shoes, air hoses, railroad ties, or portions thereof, parts of railroad cars or locomotives, lumber and oil, grease or waste of any type. Debris does not include track materials being placed on or removed from the tracks under maintenance or replacement programs concerning which the railroad has notified its employees of the presence and location of such materials. (1341)

(b) If after fifteen days all normal collective bargaining procedures or those specified in state or federal regulations have failed to resolve a debris condition as specified in this section, upon the filing by a recognized railroad labor representative, as defined by the Railway Labor Act, 45 USC 151 to 159a, inclusive, as from time to time amended, of a written, verified complaint with the railroad superintendent of the division involved and with the Department of Transportation, designating the nature of the debris and the particular area or location where any of the above-described debris has existed for a period of at least seventy-two hours, the superintendent of the division shall advise the complainant as well as the Department of Transportation within ten days as to the specific remedies or actions said superintendent intends to take to resolve the complaint. If the superintendent takes issue or disagrees with the verified complaint filed by the designated railroad labor representative, he shall within ten days so notify said representative and the Department of Transportation. The Department of Transportation shall be allowed a period of fifteen days to determine the veracity of said complaint. If the complaint proves to be correct as verified by the Department of Transportation inspector, the Department of Transportation shall then issue appropriate orders to the railroad specifying that the conditions be rectified within ten days. At the end of the tenth day, if the conditions still persist, the Department of Transportation shall be empowered to fine the railroad the sum of fifty dollars per day until such time as the complaint has been rectified. (1342)

(c) The Department of Transportation shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to carry out the provisions of this section. (1343)

Sec. 13b-354b. Maintenance of way crews or employees working in area of double or multiple railroad tracks. (1344)(Text)

Whenever maintenance of way crews or employees are working in the area of double or multiple railroad tracks the following safety precautions are required: (1) All trains shall be notified of the location, by mile post, of the crews or employees working on the track, such notification shall be in writing to the train engineer from the carrier; (2) all trains operating on such tracks shall operate at a speed not to exceed fifty miles per hour; (3) one member of the crew shall be assigned as a flag person to warn other crewmen or employees of approaching trains and such flagperson shall be equipped with a radio, horn and flag; and (4) no work shall be conducted and all crewmen or employees shall stand clear while a train is approaching and passing through a work area. (1345)

Sec. 13b-355. (Formerly Sec. 16-170). Bulletin of late trains. Forfeiture. (1346)(Text)

The Commissioner of Transportation, whenever requested by twenty electors residing within two miles of any station on a railroad in this state, or by the first selectman of the town, the mayor of the city or the warden of the borough in which such station is located, shall require the company owning such station to bulletin the arrival and departure of all trains over ten minutes late. No such order shall be rescinded except after hearing by the commissioner held at or near such station, after reasonable notice by mail to the signers of such request. Any company failing to comply with such order shall forfeit to the state fifty dollars for each day of such neglect. (1347)

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