CN Train Operations Impact Study

Cars waiting as a train passes through a crossing

What Is This Study?
The City of Niagara Falls, in partnership with Niagara Region, is undertaking a study of the impact of Canadian National (CN) Railway train operations within the City’s urban boundary. This will include a consideration of impacts on the transportation network, emergency service response, residents, businesses / commerce, environment and safety.

Preliminary recommendations will first explore all feasible opportunities to relocate through freight operations onto other active rail corridors, and secondly by evaluating strategic grade separation candidate sites.


Background:
CN’s Stamford Subdivision rail line bisects the City of Niagara Falls urban area. The majority of road crossings are at-grade which make it difficult to anticipate delays, modify emergency response routes, and accommodate traffic demands throughout the City. Furthermore, the rail line is considered a constraint to economic and social growth in the City. In 2007, the City completed the “Railway Grade Separation” Class Environmental Assessment, which considered potential future grade separations. The current study looks to build on previous work to quantify the impact of CN Operations and consider other potential solutions.

Planned Consultation Events:
Two public open house events have been held as part of this study.

The second Open House was held on May 31, 2018 at which the preliminary study findings and recommendations were presented. The meeting was held at the MacBain Community Centre, 7150 Montrose Road from 6 PM to 8 PM with a formal presentation at 6:30 PM, followed by a discussion period.

The first Open House was held on April 26, 2018 at the MacBain Community Centre (7150 Montrose Road).
The event introduced the study, identified the key objectives and provided an overview of the rail operations review, traffic modelling and socio-economic assessment.


If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact the City’s project manager:

Mathew Bilodeau, C.E.T., Manager of Transportation Engineering, City of Niagara Falls
(905) 356-7521 ext. 5204, mbilodeau@niagarafalls.ca

What Is This Study?
The City of Niagara Falls, in partnership with Niagara Region, is undertaking a study of the impact of Canadian National (CN) Railway train operations within the City’s urban boundary. This will include a consideration of impacts on the transportation network, emergency service response, residents, businesses / commerce, environment and safety.

Preliminary recommendations will first explore all feasible opportunities to relocate through freight operations onto other active rail corridors, and secondly by evaluating strategic grade separation candidate sites.


Background:
CN’s Stamford Subdivision rail line bisects the City of Niagara Falls urban area. The majority of road crossings are at-grade which make it difficult to anticipate delays, modify emergency response routes, and accommodate traffic demands throughout the City. Furthermore, the rail line is considered a constraint to economic and social growth in the City. In 2007, the City completed the “Railway Grade Separation” Class Environmental Assessment, which considered potential future grade separations. The current study looks to build on previous work to quantify the impact of CN Operations and consider other potential solutions.

Planned Consultation Events:
Two public open house events have been held as part of this study.

The second Open House was held on May 31, 2018 at which the preliminary study findings and recommendations were presented. The meeting was held at the MacBain Community Centre, 7150 Montrose Road from 6 PM to 8 PM with a formal presentation at 6:30 PM, followed by a discussion period.

The first Open House was held on April 26, 2018 at the MacBain Community Centre (7150 Montrose Road).
The event introduced the study, identified the key objectives and provided an overview of the rail operations review, traffic modelling and socio-economic assessment.


If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact the City’s project manager:

Mathew Bilodeau, C.E.T., Manager of Transportation Engineering, City of Niagara Falls
(905) 356-7521 ext. 5204, mbilodeau@niagarafalls.ca