Ottawa says it is going to shut some harmful rail crossings, improve others

MONCTON, N.B. — Ottawa says it is going to shut notably harmful rail crossings and improve many others because it strikes to enhance rail security.

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau introduced Tuesday that Transport Canada will present $16.5 million for 136 new tasks.

That may embrace enhancements to 104 grade crossings and different rail infrastructure throughout the nation.

A information launch says the modifications will embrace the closures of grade crossings that current security considerations.

Transport Canada says grade crossing and trespassing accidents nonetheless trigger essentially the most rail-related deaths and critical accidents.

Garneau made the announcement in Moncton, N.B., just a few blocks from the location of the July 2016 loss of life of Steven Harel, whose wheelchair turned caught and immobilized at a railway crossing earlier than he was fatally struck by a CN practice.

A household lawsuit claimed that Harel waited an “excruciatingly very long time” earlier than the practice hit and killed him.

Transport Canada is basing the spending introduced Tuesday on suggestions from the 2018 Railway Security Act Evaluate report.

“Rail security is my high precedence,” Garneau stated in an announcement.

“We’ve got taken many steps to strengthen rail security and can proceed engaged on methods to make our railway system safer for Canadians.”

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