Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Government of Canada is funding 147 projects across Canada with almost $24 million under the Rail Safety Improvement Program. Work will include 58 grade crossing, infrastructure, and research projects in Ontario, for a total amount of more than $13 million.
In addition to supporting infrastructure, technology, and research projects that improve railway safety, this cash will improve safety and contribute to economic growth. Funded projects include infrastructure improvements rail crossings and the development of innovative technologies.
In four years, the Rail Safety Improvement Program has provided more than $107 million to enhance rail safety.
“We must continue to support grade crossing, infrastructure, and research projects in order to increase rail safety,” said Vaughan-Woodbridge MP Francesco Sorbara. “By investing in these projects here in Ontario, we can address safety concerns and protect our communities.”
Funding through the Rail Safety Improvement Program enables recipients to improve rail infrastructure, explore innovative solutions, and educate Canadians on railway safety.
So far this year funding has been announced for 120 grade-crossing improvements, five crossing infrastructure projects,10 grade crossing closures and 12 technology and research projects across the country.
The Rail Safety Improvement Program provides funding to provinces, territories, municipalities and local governments, road and transit authorities, crown corporations, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, academia, Indigenous groups, communities and organizations, and individuals/private landowners to help improve rail safety and reduce injuries and fatalities related to rail transportation.