Canadian Pacific urges the City of Montreal to consider alternatives to at
grade pedestrian crossings in the Rosemont, Mile-End communities
MONTREAL, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - In response to the City of Montreal's press
conference on Thursday February 28, 2013 regarding its submission to the
Canadian Transportation Agency requesting the installation of six pedestrian
level crossings in various locations along CP's property in Le
Plateau-Mont-Royal, Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Outremont and surrounding
boroughs, Canadian Pacific (CP) issued the following statement:
"The safe operation of trains through the communities in which we operate is a
priority for Canadian Pacific. Crossing safety is a key aspect of this
commitment. CP reviewed this request in great detail with consultation of rail
safety experts and has concluded that it cannot approve the construction of
at-grade pedestrian crossings in these corridors owing to operational
imperatives and public safety concerns.
CP appreciates that the residents may feel inconvenienced, and we have
voluntarily extended the offer to work collaboratively with the City on
exploring safer solutions for pedestrians including grade separated crossings
and improvements in both access and conditions of the existing viaducts. As
the City has repeatedly declined the opportunity to explore these
alternatives, the matter must now be handled with the assistance of the
Canadian Transportation Agency.
CP reviewed the Report issued by the City of Montreal last fall, and notes
there is little to no consideration of ensuring the safe operations of current
and future freight and commuter rail activity or its importance to the economy
of Montreal and the Province of Quebec. While the report includes a
recommendation on the preferred locations for the six at-grade crossings based
on where most of the illegal trespassing is occurring, there is no analysis
exploring grade-separated solutions.
In Canada crossing and trespassing accidents are by far the largest source of
railway fatalities and serious injuries. In 2012, those accidents accounted
for 154 total fatalities and serious injuries and this doesn't take into
account the number of near misses which go unreported each year. There was, in
fact, an incident in this Montreal corridor last year resulting in the serious
injury of a young female.
CP urges the mayors in these communities to be leaders in safety and actively
discourage the reckless trespassing by their residents while this matter
continues to be under review."
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and
the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver
and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service
with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is a low-cost
provider that is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight
transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit
cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.
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