The District of Vanderhoof is in talks with CN Rail to reduce train whistle blasts in the area.
Transport Canada is updating railway crossing regulations, including whistle usage. The loud noises are meant to ensure crossing safety s but municipalities can get rid of them all together as long as all safety requirements are met.
Mayor Gerry Thiessen has heard from many residents about loud train whistles becoming a nuisance. The District and CN are working on a compromise.
“We’re just looking at that and saying ‘okay, let’s make sure that A) we’re safe but b) that with the number of trains that are coming through there’s as little interruption to our community as possible.”
The District is also making crossings safer so that conductors don’t have to their whistles as often.
He adds the two sides will continue to work on this.