Published on October 5, 2021

Whistle Cessation Update

Have You Heard of Whistle Cessation?

Whistle Cessation means the rail operator will not proactively use the train whistle when approaching a crossing. Train whistles or horns are long-standing safety practices used to warn people and road users that a train is coming their way. It can also warn animals that may be close to the tracks.

The sound of train whistles can be disruptive and occur at all times of the day.

What is the City Doing to Reduce Train Whistling?

In 2016, City Council passed a Whistle Cessation Bylaw , which is one of the most important and required steps in having whistle cessation approved. The City of St. Albert has been continuously collaborating with both provincial and federal partners to make whistle cessation happen. As of September 2021, these four sites have been approved to have whistle cessation applied: 

  • LeClair Way
  • Levassuer Road
  • McKenney Avenue
  • Ray Gibbon Drive

At these four crossings, the train whistle will no longer be used in advance of the train approaching – it will be used ONLY if a conflict or safety hazard is in the area.

Aerial view of St. Albert and the Trestle Bridge over the Sturgeon River

St. Albert has 11 train crossings within City boundaries; three of these crossings are on secondary lines and eight are on a key CN corridor called the Sangudo subdivision. Since 2021, City administration has worked to address safety concerns and make improvements. These include: visual and audible crossing warning systems, mitigation of corridor trespassing concerns, and raising awareness at crossing sites.

The City is continuing to work on additional sites to apply Whistle Cessation.

Residents wishing to learn more about eliminating whistling crossings in their area must contact the City to start the process. Learn more about train whistle cessation

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Last edited: October 6, 2021