Whistle Cessation

On September 19, 2016, City Council approved the Whistle Cessation Bylaw, which will regulate train whistles within St. Albert. The bylaw will not come into effect until: 

  • all required safety improvements are completed to the satisfaction of CN and Transport Canada
  • the elimination of train whistles at specific crossings is approved by Transport Canada. 

Safety Features

The City is collaborating with CN to finalize details of the safety initiatives required to meet updated Transport Canada Grade Crossing Standards.

  • By November 2016, the City and CN will share data and geometric design information about the existing public grade crossings.
  • By November 2021, St. Albert and CN must meet all requirements of the updated Transport Canada Grade Crossing Standards, including signage, crossing surface specifications, sightlines and warning systems. 

Click Updated Transport Canada Standards for further details. 

The City has completed safety improvements (crossing arms, warning lights, warning system) to five rail crossings:

  • McKenney Avenue (CN mile 5.63 Sangudo)
  • Meadowview Drive (CN mile 4.97 Sangudo)
  • Riel Drive (CN mile 4.48 Sangudo)
  • Levasseur Road (CN mile 3.43 Sangudo)
  • LeClair Way (CN mile 2.89 Sangudo)

Immediate improvements to meet the updated standards include improving visibility of the signs and road markings. Completion schedule: November 2016. Longer-term work involving the redesign of vehicle access points within the right of way of the rail corridor is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2017, with potential construction activity beginning in 2018/2019 (pending potential grant funding).  

Three additional locations will be further reviewed and addressed as development occurs and road plans are implemented in the western half of St. Albert:

  • Township Road 540A (CN mile .57 Sangudo)
  • Range Road 260 (CN mile 6.9 Sangudo)
  • Ray Gibbon Drive (CN mile 6.7 Sangudo)

Next Steps

Field Level Improvements

  1. Collaborate with CN on mitigation actions; review options/identify full scope/confirm site-specific needs and implement finalized measures with strategy.
  2. Communication and collaborate with Transport Canada on the Grade Crossing Improvement Program grant funding applications.

Application to Transport Canada for Whistle Cessation

  1. Provide further grade crossing operational and design information (roadway crossing operations & roadway geometry) to CN and Transport Canada. Completion schedule: December 2016
  2. City acknowledgement of CN required safety concerns and identification of an implementation plan to address concerns.
  3. The city confirms issues being addressed.
  4. Transport Canada reviews and approves the City’s completion of a safety implementation plan as well as St. Albert’s Whistle Cessation Bylaw.

Budget

The City has $688,145 in approved budgets to address field level improvements required to meet the updated Transport Canada Crossing Standards.  

Transport Canada offers an at Grade Crossing Improvement Program, which will contribute up to 50% of the cost of a crossing improvement project (maximum contribution of $550,000 to a recipient for a single project).


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Last edited: November 15, 2019