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THE government of Canada has announced $C 100m ($US 79.35m) in funding over five years to further improve the safety and security of Canada’s rail network, especially in light of the impacts of climate change and severe weather on railway operations.
The minister of transport, Mr Omar Alghabra, says the funding will enable Transport Canada to:
“Today’s announcement will strengthen the safety and security of our rail system, protecting communities who use, live near, and work on our railways,” Alghabra says. “These investments are important to ensure that Canada’s rail system continues getting people and goods to their destinations safely and securely, for now and the future.”
The 41,711km Canadian network is one of the largest in the world. Transport Canada conducts more than 35,000 inspections every year as part of its oversight activities to ensure that rail companies and road authorities comply with the Railway Safety Act.
This article first appeared on www.railjournal.com
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