Railway Technical Committee

The Railway Technical Committee (RTC) was established by the City of New Westminster to bring together the associated authorities to review railway network safety. The RTC is composed of City of New Westminster staff members, representatives from each of the four rail operators, and a representative from each of the Provincial and Federal railway regulators. Here are the RTC terms of reference.

Scheduled meetings:

  1. February 28, 2023 – introductions and review of the committee terms of reference. Reviewed train whistling and the City’s desire to implement cessation where possible. Discussed City of New Westminster website updates.
  2. May 23, 2023 – reviewed grade crossings that require safety upgrades to meet GCR/GCS and whistle cessation compliance. Discussed the TRAINFO advanced traveler information system and its possible benefits for our transportation network.
  3. August 29, 2023 – reviewed grade crossing inventory tracker, train whistle volumes, planned work along the rail corridors and CNW website updates.
  4. December 5, 2023 - reviewed crossing and corridor safety concerns, grade crossing inventory tracker, upcoming Front Street closures for the Pattullo Bridge replacement and meeting dates for 2024.
  5. March 5, 2024 - reviewed rail-related Council updates, safety concerns, current and future rail-related projects, and developing a process to repair damaged fencing at crossings and along corridors.
  6. June 4, 2024 - Q2 meeting
  7. August 27, 2024 - Q3 meeting
  8. December 3, 2024 - Q4 meeting

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