Transit and Rail Safety


When the Transport Canada Grade Crossings Regulations was introduced in November 2014, road authorities were required to ensure that the grade crossings in their jurisdiction complied with the applicable standards by the deadlines set out the regulations.


Since the introduction of the Grade Crossing Regulations, TNS completed safety reviews of more than 150 at-grade railway crossings for road authorities across Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta.


Building on this depth of experience and expertise, TNS has recently undertaken rail safety projects in the expanding area of light rail transit including the Trillium Line in Ottawa and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto.


Our experts can provide the following services related to rail safety:

  • Assess risk and design considerations for shared rights-of-way to promote pedestrian and bicyclist safety as well as reduce risk of collision with passenger vehicles and vehicular incursion of the ROW
  • Collect, analyze, assemble, and summarize the data that road authorities must share with the railway agencies
  • Compliance reviews of existing at-grade crossings
  • Whistling cessation studies to examine the feasibility of eliminating whistling at railway crossings
  • Preliminary hazard assessments of existing at-grade crossing including pedestrian crossings
  • Identification of the standards and safety measures to be implemented at new crossings to comply with the Grade Crossing Regulations and ensure that an adequate level of safety and compliance are achieved