ORS 824.018¹
Grade Crossing Protection Account
  • use
  • limits

(1) There is established in the State Highway Fund an account to be known as the Grade Crossing Protection Account. There shall be credited to the account each fiscal year, from funds received by the State Highway Fund from the registration of vehicles and licensing of drivers under the Oregon Vehicle Code, the sum of $300,000 plus an amount equal to 50 percent of the cost of carrying out the duties, functions and powers imposed upon the Department of Transportation by ORS 824.200 (Definitions for ORS 824.200 to 824.256) to 824.256 (Expense contributed by public held in trust by railroad company). State-shared highway fund revenues for cities and counties, as well as Department of Transportation expenditures for the elimination of hazardous railroad-highway crossings, shall be computed and allocated prior to any appropriation or transfer to the account. The amount of $300,000 credited to the account is continuously appropriated and shall be expended for railroad-highway crossing safety as authorized by ORS 824.242 (Apportionment of costs for installation of protective devices) to 824.248 (Apportionments for crossings above or below grade) and subsection (2) of this section. The amount credited to the account for paying the cost of carrying out the duties, functions and powers of the department by ORS 824.200 (Definitions for ORS 824.200 to 824.256) to 824.256 (Expense contributed by public held in trust by railroad company) is transferred and appropriated to the Department of Transportation and shall be used as provided in ORS 824.010 (Annual fees payable by railroads) (3). No more than $100,000 in the aggregate shall be allocated from the account in any one fiscal year for costs of construction, reconstruction, alteration or relocation of separated crossings; provided however the unapportioned amount in the Grade Crossing Protection Account at the end of each fiscal year may be allocated for costs of reconstruction, alteration or relocation of separated crossings.

(2) Moneys credited to the account may also be allocated for such highway purposes as the Department of Transportation deems appropriate in order to enhance safety at railroad-highway crossings. The Department of Transportation may allocate no more than $100,000 annually to railroads to defray the costs of maintenance of protective devices at railroad-highway crossings.

(3) As used in this section, "highway," "maintenance costs," "protective device" and "railroad" have the meaning given those terms in ORS 824.200 (Definitions for ORS 824.200 to 824.256). [Formerly 763.330; 1997 c.249 §245]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Use of Grade Crossing Protec­tion Account money for construc­tion of connecting trackage and switches, (1979) Vol 39, p 572

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 824—Railroads, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­824.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 824, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­824ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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