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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Government of Canada Investing in 155 grade crossings

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Canada's Transport Minister John Baird, Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport), and Denis Lebel, Minister of State for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, said that the Government of Canada will upgrade high-priority rail grade crossings across the country - a move that will help to keep Canadian communities safe.

"The Government of Canada is improving safety at crossings where roads and train tracks meet," said Baird. "As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, we are taking action now to upgrade rail grade crossing improvements in communities across Canada."

"Statistics show a decline in fatalities and injuries at rail crossings and that means we are making progress," said Minister Merrifield. "This funding will enable us to continue life-saving upgrades for the safety of Canadian communities."

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the government is providing close to $11 million under the Grade Crossing Improvement Program to upgrade 155 high-priority rail grade crossings in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

The Government of Canada works with the railway industry, provinces and municipalities to perform safety assessments at rail crossings and works actively to reduce the number of crossing-related injuries and fatalities.

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