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Letter: Dangerous rail crossing needs pedestrian gates

People walking across double tracks with warning lights still flashing underlines need for better safety at Burnaby crossing.
The small arm over the pedestrian sidewalk at this U.S. crossing is aimed at preventing people from crossing before both tracks are clear of trains.


On the late morning of Thursday, July 21, I was bicycling home from shopping in Burnaby, when I had to wait at the railway level crossing on Cariboo Road (at Government Street) for a passing train.  There were three other cyclists, several pedestrians and a dog waiting for the train to clear the crossing.

After the last railcar cleared the crossing but before the bell stopped clanging and before the crossing gates rose, pedestrians started streaming across the pair of tracks from both sides.

I was shocked because another train or track maintenance equipment might have been approaching on the second track.  There was a high risk of fatalities.

I am writing to draw attention to this risk; and to urge the City of Burnaby and CN Rail to install train-activated pedestrian gates to block people from crossing the double tracks before both are clear.

Very sincerely,

Derek Wilson, Port Moody  

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