Markham ends more than 1600 train whistle sounds per day
Feb. 29, 2020
Global Korean Post
The City of Markham, in partnership with Metrolinx and the Regional Municipality of York announced upgraded safety features and the end of mandatory train whistling at 13 Markham rail crossings from Steeles Avenue to Major Mackenzie Drive East.
“The Whistle Cessation Program has been a top priority for the City of Markham for years,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti.
“Metrolinx is enhancing service along the Stouffville corridor providing all-day GO service to meet the needs of growing communities,” said Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx.
Trains have to whistle when approaching any public road crossing under the Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR). To eliminate train whistling, the City of Markham followed Metrolinx’s procedure for Train Whistling at Public Grade Crossings to meet the requirements of the Federal Railway Safety Act and Regulation. This required the railway companies and road authorities – in this case, the City of Markham, the Regional Municipality of York and Metrolinx – to collaborate in finding the best option for making the crossings safe.
The City of Markham has implemented all mandatory upgrades as well as additional safety measures to 13 existing rail-crossings in Markham. Each crossing is now equipped with either maze barriers or pedestrian warning gates, and further supported by tactile walking plates, visual signage and bells in order to meet Metrolinx’s safety requirements. These fully accessible pedestrian warning systems advise pedestrians, motorists and cyclists of approaching trains and assist in keeping them safe.
The Whistle Cessation Project cost a total of $6 million and was jointly funded by the City of Markham and the Regional Municipality of York.