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Notice of Consideration of a Motion to Cease the Use of Train Whisltes

18-Aug-2015

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A MOTION TO CEASE THE USE OF TRAIN WHISTLES AT THE ROTHESAY AVENUE TRAIN CROSSING (NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF ROTHESAY AVENUE AND RUSSELL STREET) AND THE THORNE AVENUE TRAIN CROSSINGS (NEAR THE INTERSECTIONS OF THORNE AVENUE AND BAYSIDE DRIVE).

Under section 8(2) of the Government of New Brunswick’s Short Line Railways Act (1994), “the Minister (Department of Transportation and Infrastructure) may, on any terms and conditions that the Minister considers necessary, exempt a railway company, short line railway or other person from the application of a regulation made under subsection 8(1) if, in the opinion of the Minister, the exemption is in the public interest and is not likely to threaten safety.”

A municipality may request a train whistling exemption, through a railway operator, pursuant to section 8(2) of New Brunswick’s Short Line Railways Act.

At its regular meeting on Monday August 31st, 2015, Saint John Common Council will consider the following motion:

“That the use of train whistling be prohibited, contingent on approval from New Brunswick Southern Railway and the Minister of New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, at the Rothesay Avenue train crossing (near the intersection of Rothesay Avenue and Russell Street) and the Thorne Avenue train crossings (near the intersections of Thorne Avenue and Bayside Drive) unless:

a)    an emergency exists; or,
b)    as ordered by the Minister of New Brunswick Transportation and Infrastructure. “

Anyone who wishes to seek additional information about the process should contact the City of Saint John’s City Manager’s Office care of Phil Ouellette: Phone: 658-4022 E-mail: phil.ouellette@saintjohn.ca