An Amtrak train rolls through West Beach.

Transport Canada wants train-whistle review for White Rock

The City of White Rock and BNSF are to review train-whistling rules that restrict overnight use of the warning signal.

Transport Canada wants the City of White Rock and BNSF to review the safety of train-whistling rules that have restricted overnight use of the warning signal for more than two decades.

The request was made early this month, in connection with the July 14 death of jogger Anita Lewis. The 42-year-old was struck and killed by a passenger train as she ran across the tracks at a pedestrian crossing in the 15600-block of Marine Drive at about 9:45 p.m.

A Transport Canada spokesperson confirmed by email this week that the joint review “involves reviewing signage, signals and fencing to protect pedestrians and vehicles, and to determine if any changes are needed to mitigate public safety and rail safety risks.”

Routine train whistling – used to alert pedestrians that a train is coming – at White Rock crossings was restricted between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. in August 1992, at the request of the city. That request was prompted by a Transport Canada order to BNSF the month before to sound the whistles at every pedestrian crossing along the waterfront. The order was given in the wake of an incident on the tracks in Ocean Park involving a rail brush cutter.

The result prompted numerous complaints from area residents.

The whistling-restriction rule does not prevent a train engineer from sounding the whistle any time it’s felt there is a threat to safety, nor does it override guidelines mandating that the train’s engine bell ring continuously through the White Rock area. Engineers must also emit a succession of short sounds as a warning upon entering and leaving the waterfront.

Transport Canada’s Sara Johnston said the agency’s review of the latest White Rock fatality determined that the operation of the train involved and signage at the crossing are “in compliance with the Railway Safety Act and associated rules.”

City officials were not available to comment on the request by Peace Arch News deadline Wednesday afternoon.


Just Posted

Vigil in Surrey tonight to honour victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

The candlelight vigil is one of many events planned locally in the wake of the massacre

Delta mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

White Rock dog poop conspiracy picks up steam

Opponent says theory is a ‘load of crap’

Surrey MLA slams NDP poverty reduction strategy plan

Liberal MLA Marvin Hunt says the NDP’s poverty reduction plan is ‘underwhelming’

Father thanks Surrey Mountie for shooting hoops with kids, ‘changing perspectives’

‘We’re just like everyone else,’ says Surrey officer who stopped to play basketball with kids

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

Latest phone scam tricks Vancouver seniors out of $3.1 million

Police caution the public about using a landline phone

Bodies of two missing teens recovered in reservoir along Kootenay river

Volkswagen Beetle drove off the road down a steep embankment and into the Pend d’Oreille River Sunday

40 records broken across B.C. as hot streak continues

Abbotsford hottest spot in Canada on Tuesday

B.C. wildfire prevention budget bulked up as dry spring unfolds

Night vision goggles tested for early detection effort

Vancouver driver ticketed twice within 6 minutes for same offence

The man was written up by two different officers for using an electronic device

B.C. teacher reprimanded after incident with Grade 11 student in school gym

Gregory Norman Brock was teaching at a high school in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District

B.C. man ‘parks’ horse during liquor store pit stop

As long as animal wasn’t jaywalking, no problem, says Parksville official

Budget cuts at Kwantlen Polytechnic will mean larger classes

President of Kwantlen faculty association says spending on administration salaries is going up

Most Read

l -->