Changes to Grade Crossing (continued)
Marginal note:Change to road approach
89 If the number or width of traffic lanes of a road approach is increased, or if a shoulder is added or a shoulder’s width is increased, the grade crossing must meet the standards set out in articles 5.1 and 6.4 of the Grade Crossings Standards.
Marginal note:Interconnected traffic signals
90 If a traffic signal is installed at a grade crossing that corresponds to the specifications set out in article 19.1 of the Grade Crossings Standards, the warning system must be interconnected with the traffic signal, and the interconnection must meet the standards set out in articles 19.2 to 19.4 of those Standards.
Marginal note:Change in design vehicle
91 If the design vehicle changes, the period of time that the warning system must operate before railway equipment reaches the crossing surface must meet the standards set out in article 16.1 of Grade Crossings Standards.
Marginal note:Locked housing
92 A railway company must ensure that the instrument housing for a warning system is locked when it is unattended.
Inspection, Testing and Maintenance
Marginal note:Design plan — railway company
(a) the configuration of the components of the warning system;
(b) the layout of the circuitry and signal equipment;
(c) the parameters for the operation of the components of the warning system;
(d) the type of light, including the lens deflection angles, if applicable, and the alignment coordinates of the light units; and
(e) the details of any interconnection with a traffic control device.
Marginal note:Maintenance of warning system
(2) The warning system must conform to the design plan and must be maintained in accordance with article 17.1 of the Grade Crossings Standards.
Marginal note:Design plan — modification or installation
(3) When a component of the warning system is modified or installed, a design plan reflecting the modification or installation must be prepared and must be kept at the location of the grade crossing until it is replaced by a revised design plan.
Marginal note:Initial installation
94 (1) Immediately after the initial installation of a warning system, but before it is placed in service, all of the components of the warning system must be inspected and tested in accordance with article 17.1 of the Grade Crossings Standards.
Marginal note:Modification or installation of a component
(2) Immediately after the modification or installation of a component of the warning system, but before the warning system is placed in service, the component and all other components that are directly affected by that modification or installation must be inspected and tested in accordance with article 17.1 of the Grade Crossings Standards.
Marginal note:Environmental conditions
(3) In the event of severe weather or other environmental conditions that may affect the operation of the warning system or its components, the warning system or the components must be inspected within a reasonable period of time to ensure that they are working properly.
Marginal note:Periodic inspection and testing
95 The inspection and testing of the elements set out in column 2 of Table 17-2 of the Grade Crossings Standards must be conducted at the frequency — as defined in Table 17-1 of those Standards — set out in column 3, 4 or 5 of Table 17-2.
Marginal note:Interconnection with a warning system
96 (1) Before a traffic control device that is interconnected with a warning system is placed in service, a road authority must inspect and test the traffic control device to ensure that the standards set out in articles 18 and 19 of the Grade Crossings Standards are met.
(2) The inspection and testing of the elements set out in column 2 of Table 20-1 of the Grade Crossings Standards must be conducted at the frequency — as defined in Table 17-1 of those Standards — set out in column 3 of Table 20-1.
(3) When the road authority inspects, tests or maintains the traffic control device, the road authority must have, at the site, information respecting the parameters for the operation of the device.
Obstruction of Grade Crossing
Marginal note:Unnecessary activation of warning system
97 (1) It is prohibited for railway equipment to be left standing in a manner that causes the activation of the warning system at a public grade crossing other than for the purpose of crossing that grade crossing.
Marginal note:Obstruction of public grade crossing
(2) It is prohibited for railway equipment to be left standing on a crossing surface, or for switching operations to be conducted, in a manner that obstructs a public grade crossing — including by the activation of the gate of a warning system — for more than five minutes when vehicular or pedestrian traffic is waiting to cross it.
98 (1) If railway equipment is operated in a manner that regularly causes the obstruction of a public grade crossing, including by the activation of a warning system, and the municipality where the grade crossing is located declares in a resolution that obstruction of the grade crossing creates a safety concern, the railway company and the road authority must collaborate to resolve the safety concern.
(2) The road authority must notify the Minister and the railway company in writing that the resolution has been passed and must provide them with the information used in support of the resolution, including
(a) a detailed description of the safety concern;
(b) the details of specific occurrences involving the obstruction of the grade crossing, including the date and time of the obstruction; and
(c) the details of the traffic congestion that resulted from each specific occurrence referred to in paragraph (b).
Marginal note:Timeline and mediation
(3) The railway company and the road authority must attempt to resolve the safety concern — including through the use of mediation — within 90 days after the day on which the road authority notifies the railway company under subsection (2).
Marginal note:Notice to Minister
(4) The road authority must notify the Minister if the railway company and the road authority are not able to resolve the safety concern within the 90-day period.
Marginal note:Passage of emergency vehicles
99 Despite sections 97 and 98, if an emergency vehicle requires passage across a grade crossing, a company must take all necessary measures to immediately clear the grade crossing.
Stopping on Crossing Surface
100 (1) A road authority must take measures to ensure that motor vehicles do not stop on the crossing surface of a public grade crossing, if there is evidence that queued traffic regularly stops on that crossing surface.
(2) If the measures include interconnection with a warning system, the interconnection must meet the standards set out in articles 19.2 to 19.4 of the Grade Crossings Standards.
Construction of Intersection or Access Road
(2) Paragraph (1)(b) does not apply to a public grade crossing where, at the road approach, access is for the exclusive use of pedestrians and non-motor vehicles.
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Temporary Protection Measures
Marginal note:Threat or interference
102 (1) When a railway company or a road authority undertakes, at a public grade crossing, an activity that could constitute a threat to, or that interferes with, the safety of railway operations, the railway company and the road authority must put in place the necessary protection measures to address the threat or the interference.
Marginal note:Details of activity
(2) Within a reasonable period of time before the activity begins, whichever of the two — the railway company or the road authority — undertakes the activity must provide the other with sufficient details about the activity to determine the necessary protection measures to be put in place.
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