Harper government invests in safety with new funding for railway crossing improvements in Okanagan-Shuswap
November 07, 2011

VERNON, BC, November 7, 2011 – Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuswap, announced today that the Government of Canada is providing new funding to improve safety at the Carlin and Salmon Arm railway crossings in the Okanagan-Shuswap.

“Our Government is increasing its commitment to rail safety,” said MP Colin Mayes. “While Canada has one of the safest rail systems in the world, improvements can still be made. This additional funding will go a long way toward enhancing safety and helping to save lives.”

Canadian Pacific Railway will receive $183,796 in new funding to install gate barriers equipped with LED flashing light signals, constant warning time equipment, and dual-tone multi-frequency control for the Tappen-Notch Hill Road crossing upgrade in Carlin and $24,715 in new funding for an extension of gate delay time at the Marine Park Drive crossing in Salmon Arm.

This year, the Government of Canada is providing almost $14 million in new funding for the Grade Crossing Improvement Program (GCIP). The GCIP supports projects to upgrade railway crossings and improve safety where road and track meet.

Transport Canada works closely with railway companies and communities to identify grade crossings that require safety improvements. Through the GCIP, eligible railway crossings are upgraded, relocated or closed based on factors such as traffic volume and accident history. Improvements may include installing flashing lights and gates, linking crossing signals to nearby traffic lights, or adding new circuits or timing devices. Transport Canada finances up to 80 per cent of the total cost of grade crossing improvements, with the balance provided by the railways and road authorities.

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