Community and Protective Services Committee – April 11, 2018
Transport Canada regulates rail crossings to ensure that they are safe and usable for all types of traffic. One measure of safety is the warning whistle, which is blown as a train approaches an intersection. This measure can be omitted if alternate safeguards are used. Calgary Parks has taken the appropriate steps to install separate safety elements. The committee recommended that Council approve the cessation of train whistling at the rail crossing location known as Mile 121.30 of the CN Three Hills subdivision. Council approved this recommendation and directed administration to provide notification to the Canadian National Railway, the headquarters of Transport Canada Rail Safety Directorate and other relevant stakeholders as required.
In recent years, the livery industry has been evolving quickly due to technological advancements and new market entrants. Following the conclusion of a one year review of the Transportation Network Company industry, Administration proposed amendments to the Livery Transport Bylaw to improve clarity for livery fee calculation, further address public safety, and encourage operational flexibility, competition and service innovation. Administration also recommended that a full review of livery fees be performed in order to analyse fees for all industry participants and determine an equitable fee structure that reflects the lessons learned from the pilot regarding public safety, consumer protection and service quality. Council directed that Administration complete a full review of the fee structure in the Livery Transport Bylaw and report it back to Council no later than Q2 2019.