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Rail Safety City Hall Update

Report on Councillor Fragedakis Railway Safety Motion (see motion below)

A report on Councillor Fragedakis’s motion on railway safety is expected to be on the agenda for the May 27th Executive Committee. You will be able to find that post here when it is posted.

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Councillor Fragedakis Railway Safety Motion

City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2013, adopted the following:

1. City Council officially request Transport Canada to advise the City of Toronto of the status of the recommendations of the Railway Safety Act Review and to expedite the implementation of new safety protocols on Canada’s railway system including, but not limited to:

a. phase out the use of DOT-111 tank cars for the transport of hazardous materials;

b. end the practice of having only one engineer aboard when dangerous goods are being transported;

c. limit transport of hazardous materials through routes with less habitants; and

d. develop a protocol for communicating with the local municipality so that they can be more adequately prepared in the event of an emergency.

2. City Council direct the City Manager and the Director, Office of Emergency Management, and all other relevant staff to review railway safety in Toronto to determine if there are any steps the City can take on its own, if any, to improve public safety with regards to risk mitigation in the transportation of dangerous goods by rail through Toronto.

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