Whistle Cessation

In 2016, City Council approved the Whistle Cessation Bylaw, which will regulate train whistles in St. Albert. The bylaw will not come into effect until: 

  • All required safety improvements are completed to the satisfaction of Transport Canada.

What is Whistle Cessation?

Whistle Cessation means the rail operator will not proactively apply the train whistle in advance of each at-grade crossing; at approved sites.

Safety Features

The City and CN have collaborated to address safety initiatives required to meet updated Transport Canada Grade Crossing Standards. These updated standards must be in place by November 2021, and include updates of signage, crossing surface specifications, sightlines and warning systems.

The City has completed a variety of corridor and at-grade crossing safety improvements; including installation of crossing arms, warning lights, audio warning systems, signage and road markings and placement of rail corridor fencing. 

On September 7, 2021, CN formally approved Whistle Cessation at four rail crossings along the CN Sangudo Line:

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

The rail operator will no longer proactively apply the train whistle in advance of these at-grade crossings. However, in the event of a conflict or safety concern they will use the whistle and give notice of the train’s presence.

Next Steps

There are four at-grade crossing sites that require further review by CN before Whistle Cessation is approved. These sites include:

  • Riel Drive 
  • Meadowview Drive 
    • Riel Drive and Meadowview Drive Crossings: Working on recommendations to alleviate conflict of commercial or recreational facility accesses / exits that are in close proximity to the rail crossings. 
  • Range Road 260 
  • Township Road 540A 
    • Range Road 260 and Township Road 540A: Consideration of at-grade crossing improvements will occur as development advances adjacent to the road segments.

When recommendations are finalized, the City will apply for the crossings to have Whistle Cessation approved.


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Last edited: October 5, 2021