Virden- Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, highlighted the funding of over $101,000 that the Government of Canada provided to improve safety at a railway crossing near Virden, Manitoba through the Grade Crossing Improvement Program.
"I am pleased to highlight this funding for the Virden area and draw attention to the Grade Crossing Improvement Program. While Canada has one of the safest rail systems in the world, improvements can still be made," said Larry Maguire.
The funding was used to install a crossing warning system consisting of two gate barriers equipped with LED lights, one bell and constant warning time equipment on Range Road 150.
Under the Grade Crossing Improvement Program, eligible railway crossings are upgraded based on factors such as traffic volume and accident history. Improvements may include installing flashing lights and bells, installing gate barriers, linking crossing signals to traffic signals, upgrading light bulbs to brighter LED lights, or adding new circuits or timing devices. Transport Canada finances up to 50% of the total eligible costs of grade crossing improvements (to a maximum of $550,000 per project), with the balance provided by the railways and road authorities.
Through the Grade Crossing Closure Program, funding is available to encourage the closure of certain grade crossings that are under federal jurisdiction. The program provides a $20,000 grant for a public grade crossing and a $5,000 grant for a private grade crossing in exchange for the beneficiary (generally a road authority or private property owner) relinquishing their rights to the crossing and closing it.