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Transport Canada to fund crossing upgrades at 80 locations

Yesterday, Transport Canada announced it will provide railroads and local governments more than $11 million to improve 80 grade crossings.

In February, the Canadian government approved funding for Transport Canada’s grade crossing improvement program. Since the program began in 1994, Transport Canada has awarded more than $100 million for crossing projects.

Under the program, eligible crossings are either upgraded, relocated or closed. Upgrades include installing flashing lights and gates, adding gates or lights, linking crossing signals to traffic lights, modifying operating circuits, or adding circuits or timing devices. Transport Canada funds up to 80 percent of project costs; the remainder paid by railroads, municipalities, or provinces and territories.

“This funding will allow us to continue to work with rail companies and communities to improve the safety of rail crossings for motorists and pedestrians throughout Canada,” said Canadian Transport Minister Jean Lapierre in a prepared statement.

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