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Canada's Transport Minister Marc Garneau yesterday announced more than CA$25 million in funding for the Rail Safety Improvement Program.
The funds will support 165 new projects and initiatives that aim to raise public awareness and increase safety at grade crossings and along rail lines, Transport Canada officials said in a press release.
The funds will be used for 161 new projects that focus on infrastructure, technology and research, as well as the closures of grade crossings that present safety concerns.
In addition, funds will be used for four rail safety education and awareness initiatives that focus on reducing injuries and fatalities.
Garneau said rail safety remains his "top priority," even as the nation continues to face the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic. Grade crossing and trespassing accidents cause the most rail-related deaths and serious injuries in Canada.
During the past four years, the Rail Safety Improvement Program has awarded CA$85 million in funding.
"Over the years, our government's renewed commitment to rail safety demonstrates our dedication to supporting projects that keep Canadians safe, stimulate the economy, and ensure that our rail network remains one of the most efficient and secure rail transportation systems in the world," Garneau said.