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Lauzon pleased with investments in railway crossings

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Lauzon pleased with investments in railway crossings
Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas- South Glengarry, announced today that the Government of Canada has provided up to $450,000 in new funding to improve safety to the CN railway crossings in Stormont-Dundas- South Glengarry, particularly in South Glengarry.
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Cornwall - November 15, 2011 - Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas- South Glengarry, announced today that the Government of Canada has provided up to $450,000 in new funding to improve safety to the CN railway crossings in Stormont-Dundas- South Glengarry, particularly in South Glengarry.

   “Our Government is increasing its commitment to rail safety,” said Lauzon. “While Canada has one of the safest rail systems in the world, improvements can still be made. This additional funding will go a long way toward enhancing safety and helping to save lives.”

This year, the Government of Canada is providing almost $14 million in new funding for the Grade Crossing Improvement Program (GCIP). The GCIP supports projects to upgrade railway crossings and improve safety where road and track meet.

“The funds allocated to SD & SG will be specifically used to replace incandescent lights with LED lights, as well as, install a rail crossing warning system which is equipped with flashing lights, bells, gates and a warning time device,” said Lauzon, “I am pleased to see these safety initiatives being put in place in SD & SG.”

Transport Canada works closely with railway companies and communities to identify grade crossings that require safety improvements. Through the GCIP, eligible railway crossings are upgraded, relocated or closed, based on factors such as traffic volume and accident history. Improvements may include installing flashing lights and gates, linking crossing signals to nearby traffic lights, or adding new circuits or timing devices.

Transport Canada finances up to 80 per cent of the total cost of grade crossing improvements, with the balance provided by the railways and road authorities.


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