Kitchener councillor says CBC rail report 'helps cities'

Kitchener councillor Berry Vrbanovic is praising a CBC investigative report for shining a light onto the Canadian rail industry's safety record.

A Kitchener councillor is praising a CBC investigative report for shining a light onto Canada's recent rail safety record.

Transportation Safety Board documents obtained through access to information requests revealed there are almost triple the number of runaway trains than reported and that train operators are breaking safety rules

"Anytime information like that is available it's good information to have," said Ward 2 Coun. Berry Vrbanovic, who is also a past president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

"It helps cities like [Kitchener] and FCM, as the association that represents cities like [Kitchener], in their work with the feds and with industry to try to make things as safe as possible for our communities going forward."

Ward 2 Councillor Berry Vrbanovic believes the rail safety data made available by the CBC will assist Canadian cities work with the federal government and rail industry in making rail transport safer. (City of Kitchener)

The FCM continues to work with the federal government and the railways to continue to address the safety of Canada's railway system, Vrbanovic said.

The cities of Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo recently endorsed an FCM motion that asked the federal government to provide detailed information on what rail cars are carrying through our communities.

"We're please that there has been some progress made, not only in our community but for all communities, between the feds and the industry in terms of the safety of the railway system," Vrbanovic said.

"Locally with the Goderich-Exeter railway, after our motion they started sharing information with our fire department in terms of the kinds of goods they deal with on the railway here in our community."


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