OTTAWA – The federal government is undertaking 105 new projects and initiatives to increase rail safety. Collectively, the projects will receive more than $20 million under the Government of Canada’s Rail Safety Improvement Program.
The Rail Safety Improvement Program builds on three previous rail safety programs with an increased overall funding level, an expanded list of eligible recipients and a broadened scope of projects that can be funded to enhance rail safety.
One hundred and three projects focus on infrastructure, technology and research, including safety improvements on rail property, the use of innovative technologies; research and studies; as well as the closures of grade crossings that present safety concerns; and two rail safety education and awareness initiatives that focus on reducing injuries and fatalities in communities across Canada.
“Rail safety is my top priority,” said minister of transport Marc Garneau. “A safe and secure national rail transportation system is important to local communities and to Canada’s economic well-being. We are working closely with railway companies and road authorities to identify grade crossings that require safety improvements.”