Grade Crossing Safety Assessments

Helping our clients take proactive steps in improving the safety of grade crossings

  • Conducted safety assessments of grade crossings for road authorities and railway companies across Canada
  • Provided expertise in safety, traffic operations, geometric design, and railway signal operations to help our clients understand and meet the new requirements under Transport Canada’s Grade Crossing Regulations and Grade Crossing Standards
  • Major assessment projects include:
    • 147 crossings throughout the Metrolinx GO Transit rail network in Toronto, Ontario
    • 103 crossings in Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 23 crossings in Surrey, British Columbia
    • Eight crossings for potential whistle cessation in Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    • Four crossings for potential whistle cessation in Halton Hills, Ontario
    • Three crossings for potential whistle cessation in Kingston, Ontario
    • Risk assessment for transit bus operation over grade crossings in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Crossings were assessed as part of a periodic review, in response to incidents at the crossing, in support of applications for whistle cessation, or to determine the impact of a significant change in operations.
  • Assessments took into account the operating characteristics of the roadway and the railway, as well as on-site measurements and observations to identify potential issues and deficiencies that may negatively impact the level of safety for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and other crossing users
  • Developed the Grade Crossing Implementation System (G-CIS), a decision model based on a priority algorithm using a point ranking system, to guide the undertaking of a detailed safety assessment and the implementation of upgrades for at-grade crossings

Roles:

  • rail crossing safety assessments
  • implementation plan development
  • grade crossing information compilation
  • preliminary and detailed design
  • training and information sessions
  • Location: Various Locations, Canada