What is Proximity?

Issues Definitions

2. Environment

Protection of the environment is a major concern of the rail industry, government, the public and all other stakeholders. Environmental protection has been made an integral part of all rail operations and of the management of all rail facilities. Railways have invested in resource people, monitoring programs and environmental assessments to ensure strict operational compliance with environmental policies and regulations. Federally regulated railways work under certain provisions of the Environmental Protection Act; provincially regulated railways have similar processes in place. Most environmental issues involving rail and the public revolve around drainage, emissions, pollution, rail car storage, land redevelopment, and notifications to property owners.


2.1 Drainage

Deep drainage ditches on either side of train tracks help keep water well away from the roadbed and serve to minimize damage to and shifting of, the tracks. MORE >


2.2 Emissions

Emissions and green house gases (GHG) is a growing public concern. While transportation as a whole contributes approximately 25 per cent of all GHGs produced in Canada, rail's contribution is three per cent of Canada's GHGs derived from transportation activity and less than one percent of Canada's total GHG emissions. MORE >


2.3 Pollution

In any transport mode environment, aside from emissions, other types of pollution may be unavoidable. MORE >


2.4 Rail Car Storage

In any transport mode, equipment must often be stored for various periods at different locations, and yet be accessible on short notice. MORE >


2.5 Land Redevelopment

Railways are continually evaluating land inventories and looking to dispose of lands that are not required for running the railway. MORE >


2.6 Notifications to Property Owners

Individuals/companies that buy property near rail operation sites can be affected by those operations. MORE >