We're working to reduce impacts from rail activity and improve the safety near rail crossings.
Vancouver is a gateway for Asia-Pacific trade, which makes the railway critical to the movement of goods around Canada and North America. Rail presence is vital to our strong local economy, but requires us to be alert and be safe around rail crossings.
We're also working to build over or under passes near the Port of Vancouver to separate the rail line to enhance safety and reduce congestion caused by waiting for trains to pass.
What's on this page
We work with the railways and take action on our own street right-of-way to improve safety and minimize traffic congestion around trains. We are:
- Installing train presence monitoring devices to track the frequency and duration of trains at key crossings
- Applying for funding to develop real-time alerts for motorists
- Rehabilitating sidewalks near crossings
- Upgrading railway warning devices
- Improving pavement markings and signage
- Working with Operation Lifesaver to increase public awareness of safety at rail crossings
What's happeningChanges to Raymur Ave rail crossing
The Raymur Ave rail crossing (north of Hastings St) in Strathcona is changing:
- The crossing will be closed for people driving, walking, cycling, and rolling
- The existing bell warning system will be removed
The modifications are needed to meet Transport Canada’s new ‘Grade Rail Crossing Standards’ by fall 2021 and to address feedback we heard from neighbouring residents about the noise and lights from the bell warning system.
The current rail crossing and warning system at E Cordova St meets Transport Canada’s new ‘Grade Rail Crossing Standards’. No changes are being proposed to this crossing now. A closure to motor vehicles (but likely not people walking and cycling) may be considered in the future.
View the project details and the proposed design
- Railway crossing safety upgrades on Raymur Ave (English) PDF file (2 MB)
- Railway crossing safety upgrades on Raymur Ave (Chinese) PDF file (951 KB)
Share your feedback
Provide your questions or feedback about the rail crossing safety changes by June 30, 2021 by:
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Connecting with us online or calling 3-1-1
- Submitting a paper copy with comments to RayCam Community Centre (920 E Hastings) on weekdays between 10am and 4pm
If you are a business owner or representative, you can meet with staff to discuss the proposed design. Email email@example.com and we will follow up to address your feedback or set up a virtual meeting.
Our responsibility to residents
We have no authority over rail operations, but are committed to supporting residents in discussions with the Canadian Transportation Agency and rail companies to address issues of health and safety.
Our responsibility to rail
Vancouver’s Economic Action Strategy (2011) focuses on attracting and retaining people as key economic drivers, creating a climate for growth and prosperity, and supporting business investment and trade.
We have a key role in supporting the Port as a gateway to global markets through local land use and transportation policies.
Rail safety tips
- Obey all railway signs and warning devices such as lights, bells, and gates
- Use designated railway crossings
- Exercise your patience
- Never walk, bike, or drive along railway tracks
- Don't be distracted by phones or other devices when behind the wheel or near a railway crossing
- Keep your distance as trains appear to be much further away and slower than their actual speed
- Avoid stationary railway cars as they can move at any time
Know the signs
Learn about the hazards of rail crossings and trespassing on railway property.