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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 will be held as part of this study.

The first Open House is planned for April 26, 2018 at the MacBain Community Centre (7150 Montrose Road), from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A formal presentation will be made at 6:30 PM.

The purpose of this event is to introduce the study, identify the key objectives and provide an overview of the rail operations review, traffic modelling and socio-economic assessment.

The second Open House is planned for May 31, 2018 to present the preliminary recommendations.

How to Provide Input:
Public consultation is a vital component of this study. You are invited to provide your feedback by attending a Public Open House. Alternatively, an online survey is now available:

General Public / Residents Survey
The City of Niagara Falls is soliciting input from all members of the community to document the impacts and benefits of the CN Stamford Subdivision / Rail Line within the City of Niagara Falls. Please complete the questionnaire. Survey closes May 18, 2018.
https://survey.niagarafalls.ca/s/dwqzrcgp

Business Community Survey

The City of Niagara Falls is soliciting input from members of the business community to document the impacts and benefits of the CN Stamford Subdivision / Rail Line within the City of Niagara Falls. Please complete the questionnaire. Survey closes May 18, 2018.
https://survey.niagarafalls.ca/s/sfroitrk

Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record and may be published in the Reports to Committees and Council Agenda.

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 will be held as part of this study.

The first Open House is planned for April 26, 2018 at the MacBain Community Centre (7150 Montrose Road), from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A formal presentation will be made at 6:30 PM.

The purpose of this event is to introduce the study, identify the key objectives and provide an overview of the rail operations review, traffic modelling and socio-economic assessment.

The second Open House is planned for May 31, 2018 to present the preliminary recommendations.

How to Provide Input:
Public consultation is a vital component of this study. You are invited to provide your feedback by attending a Public Open House. Alternatively, an online survey is now available:

General Public / Residents Survey
The City of Niagara Falls is soliciting input from all members of the community to document the impacts and benefits of the CN Stamford Subdivision / Rail Line within the City of Niagara Falls. Please complete the questionnaire. Survey closes May 18, 2018.
https://survey.niagarafalls.ca/s/dwqzrcgp

Business Community Survey

The City of Niagara Falls is soliciting input from members of the business community to document the impacts and benefits of the CN Stamford Subdivision / Rail Line within the City of Niagara Falls. Please complete the questionnaire. Survey closes May 18, 2018.
https://survey.niagarafalls.ca/s/sfroitrk

Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record and may be published in the Reports to Committees and Council Agenda.

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