Feds launch Rail Safety Week with new funding

Errol McGihon/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency files

Errol McGihon/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency files

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:57 PM ET

The feds are marking Rail Safety week, which runs Monday to May 4, by injecting more than $9.2 million for improvements at over 600 railway crossings across the country.

Under the Grade Crossing Improvement Program, eligible railway crossings are upgraded based on factors such as traffic volume and accident history. Improvements may include installing flashing lights and bells, installing gate barriers, linking crossing signals to traffic signals, upgrading light bulbs to brighter LED lights, or adding new circuits or timing devices.

"While Canada has one of the safest rail systems in the world, improvements can still be made," Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt said in a statement Sunday. "This investment will enhance safety for pedestrians and motorists at over 600 locations across the country, and help save lives."


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