If a train is stopped or shunting for more than 5 minutes at a time, and is blocking a road that someone is waiting to cross, it is against federal regulations and you can report it. Please call Transport Canada’s New Westminster office for Rail Services at (604) 666-0011. Give them the following information:
• location of the crossing, e.g. Venables Street in Vancouver
• date and time
• name of the railway company (In Strathcona, all freight trains are operated by CN Rail)
• what the train was doing and for how long
If you can, please take VIDEO of the entire 5+ minute episode.
You can also send reports to Scott Mooney, the Transport Canada railway inspector who has been active on this issue, at email@example.com.
Shunting, also known as switching, is an activity in which the train stops and moves backwards, then moves forwards again. If a train is continuously moving in one direction, it is legally allowed to block an intersection for longer than 5 minutes.