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Connecticut Laws | Title 13b Transportation
CHAPTER 245b* RAILROAD OPERATIONS
Sec. 13b-340. (Formerly Sec. 16-156). Use of highway for switching.

Sec. 13b-340. (Formerly Sec. 16-156). Use of highway for switching. (1300)(Text)

The Commissioner of Transportation may forbid any railroad company to use for switching purposes or standing trains such portion of its tracks upon or across any highway as in his opinion public convenience requires should not be so used; and he may limit the number of tracks which a company may lay upon or across a highway for side tracks or switching purposes, and may order any such company to remove such of the side tracks or switching tracks upon or across any highway as the commissioner deems public convenience or safety requires should be removed. (1301)

Sec. 13b-341. (Formerly Sec. 16-157). Use for switching regulated on petition. (1302)(Text)

The Commissioner of Transportation, when requested in writing by the selectmen of any town, the mayor of any city or the warden of any borough to forbid the use for switching purposes of the tracks of any company where the same cross any highway within such town, city or borough, shall visit such crossing, first giving reasonable notice to the authorities making such request and to such company, and, if he finds that public convenience requires, shall order the company operating such railroad not to use the same, or such part thereof as may be specified in such order, for switching purposes, and may make any order regulating such switching that he deems advisable; and, upon like application and notice, shall make such orders in regard to the laying of side tracks or tracks for switching purposes upon or across such highways, or for the removal of such tracks already laid, as he deems advisable. The commissioner may change any such order, after giving such town, city or borough and such company an opportunity to be heard. (1303)

Sec. 13b-342. (Formerly Sec. 16-158). General orders regarding crossings. Forfeiture. (1304)(Text)

The Commissioner of Transportation may make orders for the regulation of the speed at which locomotives and cars shall cross highways and generally may make all orders which he deems necessary to prevent inconvenience to the public relating to the crossing or obstruction of highways by locomotives and cars. Any company which violates any such order shall forfeit to the state fifty dollars for each day of such violation. (1305)

Sec. 13b-343. (Formerly Sec. 16-159). Gates, flagmen and signals at grade crossings. Forfeiture. Notice and hearing re reactivation of railroad line. (1306)(Text)

The Commissioner of Transportation, when requested in writing by the selectmen of any town, the mayor and common council of any city or the warden and burgesses of any borough to order gates, a flagman or electric signals or other signal device to be installed and maintained at any railroad crossing where a railroad crosses a public highway at grade within such town, city or borough, shall hold a hearing thereon or may, of his own motion, hold such hearing, first giving the town, city or borough wherein the crossing is located, and the company operating the railroad, reasonable notice thereof. If the commissioner upon such hearing finds that public safety requires it, the commissioner shall order such company to install and maintain, at such crossing, gates, a flagman or such electric signals or other signal device as may be approved by the commissioner, or to do any other act deemed necessary for the protection of the public. The commissioner may rescind, alter or amend any such order, whenever the commissioner deems it necessary, upon first giving the municipality wherein the crossing is located and the railroad company an opportunity to be heard thereon. If any such company fails to comply with any order of the commissioner made pursuant to this section, it shall forfeit to the state fifty dollars for each day of such failure. The commissioner shall notify state and municipal elected officials of affected towns of the reactivation of any railroad line not later than forty-five days from notification to the Department of Transportation, by the railroad, of such reactivation. The commissioner, or the commissioner's designee, shall determine if a public hearing on the safety of rail crossings is required on the reactivated railroad line, provided, if a state or municipal official requests a public hearing, the commissioner shall hold a public hearing. Any such hearing shall be scheduled not later than ninety days prior to the reactivation of such railroad line. Any comments or recommendations on railroad safety that are provided to the public hearing officer during the public hearing shall be reviewed and incorporated, as deemed appropriate by the commissioner, to address concerns raised at the hearing. (1307)

Sec. 13b-344. (Formerly Sec. 16-160). Signs at grade crossings. Notification of locations of railroad crossings. Local police or firemen to direct traffic at crossings with malfunctioning gates or signals. (1308)(Text)

(a) Each town, city or borough shall place, inspect and maintain warning signs and pavement markings consisting of stop lines and advance warning markings on each highway approaching a crossing at grade of such highway and the tracks of any railroad within the respective limits of such town, city or borough. Such signs shall be furnished by the railroad company crossing such highway. Such signs and pavement markings shall conform with the Federal Highway Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and shall be placed in a manner that conforms with said manual. If in the case of any such crossing it appears that the placing of the signs prescribed by this section is impracticable or unnecessary, the Commissioner of Transportation may release such municipality from the obligation of placing and maintaining such signs on the highway near such crossing. The Department of Transportation shall annually notify in writing the appropriate town, city or borough of the location of all railroad crossings within the respective limits of such town, city or borough and the obligations of such town, city or borough under the provisions of this subsection. (1309)

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