To protect Canadian’s who live along rail corridors like those in Toronto-St.Paul’s, it is important that the movement of flammable liquids by rail is done as safely as possible. Following the tragedy at Lac-Mégantic, our engaged citizens in Toronto-St. Paul’s mobilized to advocate for increased rail safety measures to protect our neighbourhoods. Inspiring local activist groups like Safe Rail and Rail Safety First alerted us all to the approximately 50 trains a day that travel along the railway in midtown Toronto, just metres from our backyards.
On Wednesday, September 19th the Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced the acceleration of the timeline for rail operators to phase-out the least crash-resistant rail tank cars for crude oil and other dangerous goods from service. The Minister also announced his support for an industry-led crude oil and condensate tank car working group that will make recommendations to Transport Canada on advancing the timelines for the phase out of jacketed CPC 1232 tank cars.
Phasing out these least crash-resistant tank cars as soon as possible is another concrete step our government is taking to enhance the safety of communities along our railway lines and to ensure rail continues to provide a reliable method of transportation for our products and commodities.