Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada has announced that, as part of Rail Safety Week, it will provide support for 82 safety improvement projects at railway crossings across Canada.

“Canada has one of the safest rail transportation systems in the world,” said Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “Our government takes rail safety very seriously and we are committed to maintaining that high standard. These improvements will help ensure that happens.”

Transport Canada will provide more than $7.1 million in funding for the projects across Canada. Under the department’s Grade Crossing Improvement Program, eligible railway crossings are upgraded, relocated or closed, depending on such factors as traffic volume and incident history. Improvements may include installing or improving lights and gates, linking crossing signals to traffic lights, modifying operating circuits, or adding new circuits or timing devices.

Transport Canada 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.

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