Information published on 16 November 2011 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 266.

Government of Canada invests in safety with new funding for railway crossing improvements

  • Safety

On 7 November the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced that the Government of Canada is providing almost $14 million in new funding for the Grade Crossing Improvement Program (GCIP) this year. The GCIP supports projects to upgrade railway crossings and improve safety where road and track meet.

“Our government is increasing its commitment to rail safety,” said Minister Lebel. “While Canada has one of the safest rail systems in the world, improvements can still be made. This additional investment will enhance safety for pedestrians and motorists at 810 locations across the country, and help to save lives.”

The Government of Canada also supports other initiatives to improve safety at railway crossings. For example, Operation Lifesaver is a national public education program to reduce the needless loss of life, injuries and damages caused by highway-railway crossing collisions and train-pedestrian incidents. This program is supported jointly by Transport Canada and the Railway Association of Canada.

(Source: Transport Canada)