SRY is working with several municipalities towards signalized crossings for improved public safety, and in some cases, to achieve whistle cessation. These include the City of New Westminster, City of Surrey and City of Abbotsford.
In New Westminster, SRY is working with the City of New Westminster to upgrade a total of 7 grade crossings to implement whistle cessation. These include the crossings at 20th Street, Quayside Drive, Pedestrian crossing at Port Royal, and 3 crossings along Ewen Avenue in Queensborough and Salter Avenue.
SRY is committed to responding efficiently to issues such as train whistling, blocked crossings, trespassing, and any other concerns along our rail corridor. In New Westminster, SRY monitors and follows-up on the Railway Complaints Phone Line (604-527-6360) on behalf of all of the railroads that operate in the surrounding community: SRY, CPR, BNSF, and CN.
SRY has an important community outreach initiative aimed at educating children about rail safety. Working together with the public education organization Operation Lifesaver, SRY visits elementary schools located in the communities in which we operate to raise awareness about safe practices and behaviour around railway tracks and trains. Every year, more than 100 people in Canada are seriously injured or killed as a result of railway crossing or trespassing accidents. We believe that we can instill a culture of rail safety among children who will in turn spread awareness among their friends, family, and as adults. The goal of the initiative is simple: to Stop Track Tragedies.