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Canadian government to invest $9.3 million in grade crossing improvements

In celebration of "Rail Safety Week," the Canadian government plans to provide more than $9.3 million for 103 safety improvement projects at grade crossings nationwide.

Under Transport Canada's Grade Crossing Improvement Program, eligible crossings will be upgraded, relocated or closed. Improvements include installing flashing lights and gates, adding gates or extra lights to existing systems, linking crossing signals to nearby traffic lights, modifying operating circuits, or adding new circuits or timing devices. Transport Canada finances up to 80 percent of total project costs, with the remainder funded by railroads, provinces, territories or municipalities.

“Although accident rates and crossing fatalities have reached their lowest levels in 10 years, improving safety at crossings is a priority for Canada's ‘New Government,’” said Lawrence Cannon, Canada’s minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, in a prepared statement. “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.”

Click here for a list of the crossing projects.

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