Canadian Pacific urges the City of Montreal to consider alternatives to at grade pedestrian crossings in the Rosemont, Mile-End

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." 
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