Rail Safety Improvement Program – October 14, 2016

Rail Safety Improvement Program

October 14, 2016

OTTAWA – Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents of the Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) through Transport Canada. This program provides grant and contribution funding to improve rail safety and reduce injuries and fatalities related to rail transportation.

Provinces, municipalities and other local authorities will be able to request funding for projects, with construction to begin in 2017. Projects eligible for funding include the installation of flashing lights and bells at railway crossings, the construction of full pedestrian overpasses, and public-education campaigns.

There are two components:

  • The Infrastructure, Technology and Research (ITR) Component funds projects that address the immediate rail safety needs of communities. The deadline for the ITR component is December 23, 2016.
  • The Public Education and Awareness (E&A) Component funds public education projects aimed at reducing railway-grade crossing collisions and trespassing incidents on railway property, particularly in high-risk areas. The deadline for the E&A component is January 31, 2017.

Information on the application process can be found at www.tc.gc.ca/eng/rail-safety-improvement-program.html.

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