Canada: Govt Provides $14M in New Financing to Enhance Railway Crossings

$14 million in new financing to enhance railway crossings is being offered by the Government of Canada. The new financing is for the Grade Crossing Improvement Program (GCIP), which endorses projects to better safety at crossings.

Transport Canada financially supports close to 80 percent of the aggregate cost, with the balance offered by the railways and road authorities.

Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, stated, "Our government is increasing its commitment to rail safety. 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."

Through the program, suitable railway crossings are renovated, relocated or shut down, subject to factors such as traffic volume and crash history. Enhancements may incorporate setting up flashing lights and gates, connecting crossing signals to nearby traffic lights, or installing additional circuits or timing devices.

Projects for the year ending 2012 incorporate 43 in British Columbia, 76 in Alberta, 14 in Saskatchewan, 11 in Manitoba, 399 in Ontario, 199 in Quebec, 48 in New Brunswick and 20 in Nova Scotia

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