Sponsors: District of Vanderhoof
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership - Defeated by the UBCM Membership
WHEREAS rail traffic continues to increase throughout the Province of British Columbia;
AND WHEREAS locomotive whistles severely infringe upon citizens’ quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort and convenience:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Transport Canada require rail corporations provide a safe environment in which whistle sounding will be discontinued.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership considered but did not endorse resolution 2009-B157, which called on rail corporations to provide controlled railway crossings within municipal boundaries, rather than sounding locomotive whistles.
UBCM notes that there are strict rules in place as part of the Rail Safety Act that dictate when and where whistles are sounded. These rules apply at all crossings and are required for safety reasons. Through the work of FCM and the Rail Proximity Initiative there is information about how communities may apply for whistle cessation at crossings that meet federal safety regulations as outlined in the amended Rail Safety Act. Interested communities should contact their local rail company, Railway Association of Canada or Transport Canada about the process. Further information is outlined in the following brochure, available online: