Railway Safety to be Improved Across Canada
Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre today announced that the Government of Canada will provide more than $11 million to improve safety at 80 railway crossings across Canada. Since 1994, Transport Canada has committed more than $100 million to such projects throughout the country.
"Since the grade crossing program was introduced in 1994, accidents, fatalities and injuries have decreased at rail crossings," said Mr. Lapierre. "This funding will allow us to continue to work with rail companies and communities to improve the safety of rail crossings for motorists and pedestrians throughout Canada."
Under Transport Canada's grade crossing improvement program, eligible railway crossings are either upgraded, relocated or closed. Improvements may include installing flashing lights and gates, adding gates or extra lights to existing systems, linking crossing signals to nearby traffic lights, modifying operating circuits, or adding new circuits or timing devices. The department finances up to 80 per cent of the total cost of the improvements, with the balance provided by the railways, municipalities or provinces and territories.
"Preventing tragedy on railroad tracks is a shared responsibility," added Mr. Lapierre. "The Government of Canada provides funding for warning devices, such as lights, gates and bells, but depends on all Canadians to respect these warnings and approach rail crossings with added caution."
For this reason, Transport Canada supports two other initiatives to improve safety at railway crossings: Operation Lifesaver, a public education program of the Railway Association of Canada that has promoted safety at railway crossings since 1981; and Direction 2006, a partnership of governments, railway companies and their unions working to reduce collisions and trespassing incidents by 50 per cent from the 1995 level by the year 2006.
Funding for the grade crossing improvement program was provided for in the February 2005 main estimates and is therefore built into the existing financial framework.
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
CN announces Safe Community Fund Winners
The CN Safe Community Fund has awarded grants totalling $25,000 to ten safe communities across Canada to implement rail safety initiatives. The Fund is administered by the Safe Communities Foundation on behalf of CN.
The initiatives range from staging mock train-vehicle collisions at local high schools and conducting safety blitzes at highway/railway crossings to safety presentations by CN Police to students at all levels and media messaging through public service announcements, newspaper ads, billboards and web sites.
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Edmonton Inducted into Canadian Railway Hall of Fame
Brent Cheek (on right), Director of Standards for RailAmerica and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame presented a certificate to Mayor Stephen Mandel (on left) inducting the City of Edmonton into the Hall of Fame Saturday night during Alberta's Legacy Centennial Ball.