Rail Consultation and Rail Help Line Launched — June 1, 2018

Rail Consultation and Rail Help Line Launched

June 1, 2018

OTTAWA: Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents that the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has launched consultation on rail-related regulations and guidance materials. .

These consultations are part of the agency’s Regulatory Modernization Initiative and will support the implementation of the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49), which amends the Canada Transportation Act (Act) to introduce new measures related to freight rail.

“For years now, our communities in Yellowhead have experienced ongoing safety issues in which trains block crossings for unacceptable amounts of time. I am encouraging all affected residents and stakeholders with a vested interest in rail safety to make their voices heard in this consultation,” stated MP Eglinski.

All those interested are invited to share their views to ensure that the CTA’s rail-related regulations and guidance materials are relevant, clear and up to date. Participants can submit comments to ferroviaire-rail@otc-cta.gc.ca before the September 30, 2018 deadline.

To read the related discussion paper and find more information on the consultation, visit: https://otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/rail-transportation-consultation

The CTA has also launched a new confidential toll-free Rail Help Line to provide information, guidance and dispute resolution services on the rail-related provisions of the Act

Shippers, communities, members of the public, and railway companies now have immediate access to a rail analyst if they have questions on railway operations, railway infrastructure, shipper and community rights, or dispute resolution.

The phone number for the Rail Help Line is 1-877-850-7148.

“If you are being excessively held up by a train at a rail crossing or have a safety concern, I encourage you to call this number and make sure the agency and the rail companies are aware of residents’ concerns,” concluded MP Eglinski.

For more information about the CTA Rail Help Line, visit: https://otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/railway-rail-shipper-and-community-help-line


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