Winnipeg, Manitoba – In celebration of Rail Safety Week, the federal government has announced it will provide support for six safety improvement projects at railway crossings in Manitoba.

“Whether in the city or in rural areas, where rail tracks and roads meet, there is a potential for accidents,” said Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “These improvements will certainly make these intersections safer throughout the Province of Manitoba.”

The department will provide more than $970,000 in funding for six railway crossings in Manitoba, financing up to 80 per cent of the total cost, with the balance provided by the railways, municipalities or the province. Improvements may include installing or adding flashing lights and gates, linking crossing signals to nearby traffic lights, modifying operating circuits, or adding new circuits or timing devices.

There are approximately 55,000 public, private and pedestrian highway-railway crossings in Canada; approximately 50 per cent of vehicle-train collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices such as gates, lights or bells.

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