Rail & Pedestrian Safety

  1. Summary
  2. Public Engagement
  3. Rail Crossings


Rail Activity in the City of White Rock


The City of White Rock has a railway that runs through the waterfront which is within meters of a waterfront area which is visited by thousands of people each year. Also, there are business and residential properties that border or are across the street from the rail line. It is a single track rail line operated and used by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) and Amtrak, which offers passenger train services from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, B.C.

The BNSF rail line operates 24 hours per day, which has contributed to pedestrian safety concerns, resulting in near misses and fatalities, in recent years.

Rail in the Day

Between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., all trains are ordered to sound repeated short engine whistles regardless of whether or not animals or persons are on the track. This was an Order from Transport Canada on 31 July 2014.

Rail at Night

Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., a short warning signal is required by each northbound train at the crossing at Finlay Street and for each southbound train at the Bay Street crossing. The engine bell is required to ring continuously between all crossings through White Rock.

Role of Transport Canada

Transport Canada has regulatory oversight by way of various legislation and Acts, rules and regulations regarding rail safety, and dictates public safety initiatives and work that must be done from a legislation and regulatory standpoint.

For more detailed information on rail activity in white rock, please go to "Rail in White Rock."

Train Related Fatalities and Incidents

Year
Incident
Location of Incident
1996
Train-related fatality
City of White Rock 
2013
Train-related fatality
City of White Rock 
2014
Train-related injury
City of White Rock 
2016
Train-related fatality
Near City of White Rock
2018
Train-related fatality
City of Surrey